5 New Albums You Should Listen to Now

Written by on January 9, 2021

Also stream new releases from Frozen Soul and Efterklang’s Casper Clausen
Jazmine Sullivan
Jazmine Sullivan, photo by Adedayo Kosoko

With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums, projects, and soundtracks from Jazmine Sullivan, Viagra Boys, Griselda Records, Casper Clausen, and Frozen Soul. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)

Jazmine Sullivan: Heaux Tales [RCA]

Jazmine Sullivan’s new project Heaux Tales is about “today’s women standing in their power and owning who they are,” as the Philadelphia singer put it in a press release. The project includes three previously shared tracks: 2020’s “Lost One” and “Pick Up Your Feelings,” as well as the recently dropped “Girl Like Me” featuring H.E.R.

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Jazmine Sullivan Heaux Tales

Viagra Boys: Welfare Jazz [YEAR0001]

Swedish post-punks Viagra Boys are back with their sophomore album. Welfare Jazz follows 2019’s Street Worms and last year’s Common Sense EP. The new record was produced by Matt Sweeney, Justin and Jeremiah Raisen, and previous collaborators Pelle Gunnerfeldt and Daniel Fagerström. Viagra Boys released a string of Welfare Jazz songs prior to releasing the LP, including “Ain’t Nice,” “Creatures,” and “Girls & Boys.”

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Viagra Boys Welfare Jazz

V/A: Griselda & BSF: Conflicted (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Griselda]

Prolific Buffalo label Griselda had a busy enough year releasing records, but Westside Gunn’s imprint also managed to make a movie. Conflicted stars Gunn and Benny the Butcher, and its soundtrack features songs from the rappers, as well as Griselda artists Armani Caesar and Boldy James, Harlem’s Dave East, members of Benny’s Black Soprano Family, and more.

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Casper Clausen: Better Way [City Slang]

Efterklang frontman Casper Clausen recorded Better Way in his residency in Lisbon, Portugal. Sonic Boom of Spaceman 3 mixed the eight-song album. “I was trying to capture an intuition, rather than a fully composed song,” Clausen said. “It was more about the jam, the experiment.”

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Casper Clausen Better Way

Frozen Soul: Crypt of Ice [Century Media]

Crypt of Ice is the debut studio album from Texas death metal band Frozen Soul, who formed in 2018. The 10-track LP follows Encased in Ice—their four-song demo that arrived in 2019 via Maggot Stomp. The Dallas-based group features singer Chad Green, guitarists Michael Munday and Chris Bonner, bassist Samantha Mobley, and Matt Dennard on drums.

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Frozen Soul Crypt of Ice

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