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 from Mega Bog, Dave, Taphari, Emma-Jean Thackray, and Maxine Funke, but not Kanye West, who’s not formally released his promised record Donda. 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.)
Two years after her fifth album Dolphine, Mega Bog’s Erin Birgy is back with Life, and Another. Hand Habits’ Meg Duffy and Big Thief’s James Krivchenia are among her backing band members, and she recorded the project across multiple locations on the West Coast. She shared the songs “Maybe You Died,” “Station to Station,” and “Weight of the Earth, on Paper” from the album ahead of its release.
South London rapper Dave delivers the follow up to 2019’s Mercury Prize-winning Psychodrama in the form of We’re All Alone in This Together. In an interview with British GQ, he said the project’s title was inspired by something Hans Zimmer said to him over FaceTime. (The two worked together with David Attenborough on Planet Earth: A Celebration last year.) Stormzy joined Dave on the single “Clash.”