Hovvdy "True Love (Grand Jury)"
Since recording their last album, 2019’s Heavy Lifter, Austin duo Hovvdy has settled down. Charlie Martin and Will Taylor both got married; Taylor had a kid. They also put out some music — Martin released a lovely solo album just a couple months ago and they spent the pandemic covering leaks of Coldplay and Paramore. And today Hovvdy are announcing a new full-length, True Love, with its bright and ringing title track, which reflects their newfound happier circumstances. It retains the group’s nostalgic warmth but also sounds driven by hopes and dreams for the future, especially in its rousing last minute as the lyrics repeat: “Do you believe what I said? That I am the man I say I am.”
Solemn Brigham "South Sinner Street (Mello)"
Across its 14 songs, South Sinner Street argues for Solemn Brigham as one of the most exciting artists in underground hip-hop, a technical virtuoso who also happens to be one of the genre’s most surprising, most deeply personal songwriters. The album evokes the feeling of climbing onto a house’s roof to survey the nearly-burning city around you, with all the peril that entails––but also all the possibility.
RCF "Full Force is Where We Are (Underwater Peoples)"
Full Force is Where We Are is the debut EP of Mississippi based R. Cole Furlow (RCF). Furlow has been named a “real voice of his generation” by Pitchfork Magazine. Full Force is Where We Are is Furlow’s pandemic record, he is quoted in saying: “Work was all I could do at the time, I was so full of fear and uncertainty, making the music seemed like the only option I had.
Erasure "Ne: EP (Mute)"
Erasure’s 18th album ‘The Neon’ was their highest-charting UK release in more than 25 years. The collection, featuring four new tracks and the previously-released Secrets, drops Friday on digital platforms worldwide. It’s also available on CD, limited edition purple cassette, and serves as a companion piece to their latest album ‘The Neon’.