Friday is album release day and here’s a rundown of what’s been released on DSPs and physical releases in stores.
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
The second album from Billie and Finneas is a relatively low-key collection of mainstream-not-mainstream pop music with dark edges.
LUMP – Animal
Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay’s joint project full-length.
John Francis Flynn – I Would Not Live Always
The singer, guitarist, flautist, double tin whistle player and Skipper’s Alley member, releases an album of music recorded with fellow Skipper Ultan O’Brien after being picked up for recordings by Rough Trade’s folk music imprint River Lea Records, after a Lankum support tour.
The album was produced, mixed and engineered by Brendan Jenkinson (Villagers / Cloud Castle Lake), who plays on the record with appearances from Consuelo Breschi (Varo) sean nós singer Saileog Ní Ceannabháin, Phil Christie (O Emperor / The Bonk) on keyboards, and drummer & composer and drone-maker Ross Chaney.
Torres – Thirstier
The fifth full-length studio release for the indie singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott is also her second album in 18 months.
Prince – Welcome 2 America
A 2010 Prince album from the legendary vault.
Isaiah Rashad – The House is Burning
TDE rapper’s second album features Isaiah Rashad.
Bleachers – Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night
It’s Jack Antonoff again. With Bruce Springsteen and a barely noticeable Lana on a track each.
Meljoann – HR
Meljoann takes on capitalism and corporate office culture with squiggly electro jams and R&B vocals.
Durand Jones & The Indications – Private Space
The third studio album from the Indiana-based modern soul group.
Laura Cannell and Kate Ellis – July Sounds
Recorded remotely between Suffolk and Dublin over the first weekend in July. Still never having played in a room together, Laura & Kate set up their individual home studios and began to explore the physical space between them both in real time.
Unknown T – Adolescence
The English rapper’s mixtape was preceded by a live performance last night.
Dām-Funk – Above The Fray
“A sunny, synth-heavy celebration of Black American musical innovation, with nods to Prince, Larry Heard, George Clinton, Roger Troutman, The Egyptian Lover and so much more.”
Various Artists – Permanent Vacation 7
22-track label compilation
Ali Comerford – Knots
Classical violist turned folk troubadour releases her debut album.
Bicurious – (re)constructed
Dublin post-rock duo release their debut LP, not a remix album.
Lumidee – 10 13
Admit it, you’re curious to know what 2021 Lumidee sounds like.
NNIC – Slow Motion Fantasy EP
Three-track EP of alt-pop from Dublin electronic neo-soul artist.