7 Albums Out Today You Should Listen to Now: Purple Mountains, Blood Orange, and More

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Devonté Hynes aka Blood Orange, April 2019 (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)
Devonté Hynes aka Blood Orange, April 2019 (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

With a lot good music being launched on a regular basis, it may be onerous to find out what to hearken to first. Every week, Pitchfork affords a run-down of great new releases accessible on streaming companies. This week’s batch consists of new albums and mixtapes from Purple Mountains, Blood Orange, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, KAINA, and Joanna Sternberg. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our suggestions in your inbox each week. (All releases featured listed below are independently chosen by our editors. When you purchase one thing by means of our affiliate hyperlinks, nevertheless, Pitchfork could earn an affiliate fee.)

Purple Mountains: Purple Mountains [Drag City]

Purple Mountains is the debut from Silver Jews chief David Berman’s new band Purple Mountains. It’s Berman’s first album since Silver Jews issued Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea in 2008. In his evaluation of the album, named Best New Music, Sam Sodomsky calls Purple Mountains heat and rapid and states that “Berman’s writing has never sounded so exacting or direct.” Read Pitchfork’s observe evaluation of “All My Happiness Is Gone” and watch the music video for “Darkness and Cold.”

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Blood Orange: Angel‘s Pulse [Domino]

Devonté Hynes mentioned that his new Blood Orange mixtape Angel’s Pulse is “somewhat of an epilogue” to final 12 months’s Negro Swan. Hynes carried out, produced, and combined the tape. “I put as much work and care into it as I do with the albums I’ve released,” he mentioned.

The 14-track tape consists of contributions from Porches, Arca, Toro y Moi, Kelsey Lu, Tinashe, Justine Skye, mysterious internet figure BennY RevivaL, Gangsta Boo, and BROCKHAMPTON’s JOBA, who Hynes mentioned “kind of has a big influence over the record.”

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Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: Tracing Back the Radiance [Mexican Summer]

Tracing Back the Radiance is Brooklyn-based ambient artist Jefre Cantu-Ledesma’s first solo LP since 2017’s On the Echoing Green. The new document consists of contributions from Mary Lattimore (harp), Chuck Johnson (pedal metal guitar), and Gregg Kowalksy (synthesizer), amongst others.

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Bleached: Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? [Dead Oceans]

Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough is Los Angeles punk duo Bleached’s first album constructed from a spot of sobriety. Jessie Clavin wrote many of the instrumentation and Jennifer Clavin did many of the lyrics and melodies. The LP is produced by Shane Stoneback. Check out music movies for “Shitty Ballet,” “Hard to Kill,” and “Kiss You Goodbye.”

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Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire: Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire [Chocolate Rabbit]

Brooklyn rapper Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire has launched his long-awaited debut album. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire follows years of mixtapes (like 2011’s breakout Lost in Translation and 2013’s Kismet) and EPs (similar to his lone main label entry Power & Passion and 2017’s comeback Brainiac), in addition to the three entries in eX’s Christmas series. The new self-titled LP was led by the only “FCK Boy!

In his Pitchfork evaluation of the album, Phillip Mlynar writes that Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s lyrics provide “savvy political commentary and catharsis for those prepared to hear it.” Check out the Zones function “Northeast Brooklyn With Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire” on Levels.

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KAINA: Next to the Sun [Sooper]

Next to the Sun is the debut LP from Chicago native KAINA. She co-produced the album with Sen Morimoto. Check out KAINA’s music movies for “Green” and “Could Be a Curse.”

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Joanna Sternberg: Then I Try Some More [Team Love]

New York singer, songwriter, musician, and visible artist Joanna Sternberg makes their debut with Then I Try Some More. Sternberg wrote and carried out all of the vocals and devices on the album, which they co-produced with Joe Rogers.

In her evaluation of the album for Pitchfork, Emma Madden writes, “Sternberg sings as though they’re one half of a conversation that turns from loving, to argumentative, to sleepy, and back again.” Joanna Sternberg is opening for Conor Oberst at U.S. shows later this month.

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