The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

This week it was insanely difficult to choose who would feature on the weekly roundup of new music. Fleet Foxes and Lorde already confirmed that they would be releasing new albums but it was several surprise releases and returns that made this week particularly special. Here are the week’s five big releases that should be on your radar:

Lorde’s sophomore album Melodrama
The second record from New Zealand adolescent Lorde is more than just a momentous pop record. Built around its interesting concept (all of the songs are chapters in one house party), Lorde provides an interesting exploration of life as a young woman living in the 21st Century. Melodrama is designed to make you dance in tandem with Lorde’s house party narrative but it’ll make you think too. Listen to ‘Perfect Places’ below:

Young Thug’s new ‘singing album’ Beautiful Thugger Girls
Young Thug is easily one of the most versatile performers in rap right now but his announcement that he’d be releasing a ‘singing album’ left many wondering how that would sound different from his past releases. On his latest album, Young Thug strays further from his perceived rap roots than he has ever done before which makes for an extremely different experience of Young Thug. Listen to ‘Me or Us’ below:

Calvin Harris’ latest single ‘Feels’
For his latest pop get-together, Harris once more calls on Pharrell Williams for vocal support but rather ambitiously and incongruously he also enlists Katy Perry and Big Sean on new track ‘Feels’. Like previous singles from his upcoming album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, ‘Feels’ is a breezy, summer anthem, and as Harris has previously gushed, that’s ‘designed to make you feel fucking incredible’. Listen to ‘Feels’ below:

The Killers’ comeback single ‘The Man’
With the band currently on tour and a number of festivals lined up over the summer, new material from The Killers seemed inevitable and now they’ve finally shared their first new material since 2013’s ‘Shot at the Night’. On top of that, the band have also announced that their upcoming album is titled Wonderful Wonderful though a release date has yet to be announced. Listen to ‘The Man’ below:

Fleet Foxes return with new album Crack-Up
Similarly to departing drummer Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes’ latest album follows a similarly desolate path. Musically, they both share a fondness for grand statements, but Fleet Foxes seem more enthusiastic for answers than ever on Crack-Up. Listen to ‘Fool’s Errand’ below:

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