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 and EPs from Adele, Ovlov, Ben LaMar Gay, Parris, Mandy, Indiana, and Dream Unending. 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.)
Adele: 30 [Columbia]
Six years after her third album 25, Adele announced her return—with a divorce record, no less—at the beginning of October, sharing “Easy On Me” a few days later. She released the tracklist before teasing “Hold On” in a holiday-themed advertisement. She also performed “Hold On,” “I Drink Wine,” and “Love Is a Game” in a concert special.
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Ovlov: Buds [Exploding in Sound]
Love, friendship, and mental health are among the subjects that Ovlov address on Buds. It’s the third album from the Connecticut-based band—brothers Steve, Theo, and Jon Hartnett, plus guitarist Morgan Luzzi—and follows 2018’s Tru. Ovlov shared “Land of Steve-O” from the record ahead of its arrival, as well as “Eat More” and “The Wishing Well.” The Hartnetts’ father, Ted, plays a sax solo on the Spirited Away–inspired “Cheer Up, Chihiro!”
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Ben LaMar Gay: Open Arms to Open Us [International Anthem/Nonesuch]
Ben LaMar Gay collages together richly textured layers of freeform jazz and other audio samples on Open Arms to Open Us. He recorded his second studio album at International Anthem Studios in Chicago, following 2018’s Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun. Angel Bat Dawid and Gira Dahnee join Gay on “S’Phisticated Lady,” with Ohmme appearing on opener “Sometimes I Forget How Summer Looks on You.” Onye Ozuzu, Tomeka Reid, and Dorothée Munyaneza are also among the guests on the project, which Gay said “deals with rhythm as an inheritance of information.”
Parris: Soaked in Indigo Moonlight [Can You Feel the Sun]
Soaked in Indigo Moonlight is the debut album from London producer Parris. Carmen Villain, Call Super, Eden Samara, and James K join him across the 10-track project, which explores polyrhythms and camaraderie in the context of club music.
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Mandy, Indiana: … EP [Fire Talk]
Producer and guitarist Scott Fair and vocalist and lyricist Valentine Caulfield comprise the Manchester experimental band Mandy, Indiana. They recorded their new EP, …, in a variety of spaces, including industrial mills, home studios, and rehearsal rooms. Peripheral noises from those locations (footsteps, snippets of conversation), were captured while tracking the five-song record, which includes last month’s pummeling single “Bottle Episode.” The EP also includes contributions from touring percussionist Liam Stewart.
Dream Unending: Tide Turns Eternal [20 Buck Spin]
Tomb Mold’s Derrick Vella and Innumerable Forms’ Justin DeTore come together for the new death metal project Dream Unending. Their new album Tide Turns Eternal was recorded by Sean Pearson at Boxcar Studios and Arthur Rizk at Solomon’s Temple. The seven track LP includes previously released singles “In Cipher I Weep” and “The Needful.”