The seventh studio album from Beyoncé, one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year, arrives today. "Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world," Beyoncé said in her album announcement. "It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving. Renaissance was preceded by the hit, house-inspired single "Break My Soul" and features appearances from Grace Jones, Tems, and Beam.
Chat Pile, God’s Country
Emily Yacina, All the Things: A Decade of Songs
It's been about a year since "Treehouse," Yacina's 2011 song with Alex G, became an unexpected TikTok sensation. Tens of millions of streams later, the singer-songwriter has put together a compilation of her decade-plus career for fans new and old.
Emily Sprague brings her bandmates back into the fold for Florist's fourth album, released three years after Sprague shared the solo album Emily Alone under the Florist moniker. The deaths of Sprague's best friend and mother inspired the reunion: “It’s sort of cheesy, but I realized that life is better when you share it," she said in a press statement. "The answer isn’t to isolate yourself and be alone.”
$uicideboy$, Sing Me A Lullaby My Sweet Temptation
Few groups in hip-hop inspire the kind of rabid devotion as $uicideboy$, the New Orleans duo that have tapped Memphis-inspired horrorcore and taken it to popular peaks not seen since the halcyon days of Three 6 Mafia. Sing Me A Lullaby My Sweet Temptation is the group's third studio album, though they've shared dozens of projects since 2014.
Friendship, Love The Stranger
For their debut on Merge Records, Friendship make classic rock sound fresh with an adventurous compositional spirit. “We all got to stretch out, chase our personal musical fixations, and build on each others’ work," Friendship's frontman Dan Wriggins said in a press statement.
Kuedo, Infinite Window
Kuedo's third album and first in six years arrives today via Brainfeeder. On its lead singles "Sliding Through Our Fingers," "Infinite Window," and "Shadow Dance," the electronic artist weaves gas planet-sized synth compositions while nod to the past while evading the trap of synthwave nostalgia bait.