(Liv).e, Couldn't Wait To Tell You...
Liv.e (pronounced "Liv") makes Martian soul music — dusty and mysterious but unmistakeably vivid and, to the right ears, teaming with life. Her debut album Couldn't Wait To Tell You... follows through on the Los Angeles artist's promising career so far, which has included opening for Earl Sweatshirt and hosting an album listening party with Erykah Badu.
Fontaines D.C., A Hero's Death
The Dublin post-punk group return with another project of urgent stompers after the critically-acclaimed 2019 album Dogrel. Lead vocalist Grian Chatten once again occupies the spotlight with the bravado of a street poet and the flair of an organizer, lending an urgency to the surrounding music.
Dominic Fike, What Could Possibly Go Wrong
What Could Possibly Go Wrong, a rhetorical question for 2020 if there ever was one, is the debut album from Florida pop singer-songwriter Dominic Fike. He got industry attention and a small but rabid fanbase with the 2017 EP Don't Forget About Me, Demos, which lead to the popular 2018 single "3 Nights" and a few collaborations with BROCKHAMPTON and Kevin Abstract. WCPGW was preceded by the singles "Chicken Tenders" and "Politics & Violence."
Alanis Morissette, Such Pretty Forks in the Road
The mind behind one of the most beloved and successful albums of the '90s, Jagged Little Pill, has returned with her ninth studio album and her first in eight years. The iconic angst of her biggest project could be heard on the lead single "Smiling," though "Reasons I Drink" opted for a more contemporary, jaunty sound.
SD x Brian Fresco, MuddBruddas
SD, co-founder of the legendary Chicago crew GBE (and the artist of one of drill's classic songs "Circles") teams up with SAVEMONEY's Brian Fresco for the collaborative tape MuddBruddas. The beats from producers like 808 Mafia, Pi'erre Bourne, and CashMoney AP might entice the unfamiliar, but the talent both rappers have for earworms ("Teef Gold" is a song of the summer) and tight bars invite repeat listens.
Devon Welsh, Click Here Now!
After the unexpected rise of his group Majical Cloudz (which included a tour with Lorde) was met with an equally surprising breakup, Devon Welsh has taken to quietly releasing solo albums with little to no promotion. His latest is Click Here Now!, a six-track musical interpretation of Welsh's poetry.
George Clanton & Nick Hexum, George Clanton & Nick Hexum
What happens when one of vaporwave's most talented pop producers teams up with the frontman of 311 (yes, that 311)? An album that revives chillwave and dissolves cynicism. Yeah, this technically dropped last week, but it's so unexpected in so many ways, I had to put it on this week's roundup.