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6 Albums Out Today You Should Listen to Now: Vagabon, Floating Points, Caroline Polachek, More

Posted On October 18, 2019 at 1:42 pm by / Comments Off on 6 Albums Out Today You Should Listen to Now: Vagabon, Floating Points, Caroline Polachek, More

With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums from Vagabon, Floating Points, Caroline Polachek, Battles, Jacques Greene, and Homeboy Sandman. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork may earn an affiliate commission.)

Vagabon: Vagabon [Nonesuch]

Lætitia Tamko’s followup to Infinite Worlds—her debut LP as Vagabon—was first known as All the Women in Me, but is now called Vagabon. Tamko learned how to use the production software Logic Pro so she could produce the album almost entirely by herself, sharing production credit on only one of the album’s 10 tracks. Read Pitchfork’s track review of “Flood.”

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Floating Points: Crush [Ninja Tune]

Crush, the latest LP from Sam Shepherd’s Floating Points project, was inspired by the shows he opened for the xx in 2017, performing “obtuse and aggressive” music alone on his Buchla modular synthesizer. Shepherd released a Late Night Tales mix earlier this year and Reflections – Mojave Desert, the soundtrack to a film of the same name, in 2017. Crush is his first studio LP since his 2015 debut Elaenia. Check out Pitchfork’s Best New Track review of “LesAlpx.”

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Caroline Polachek: Pang [Columbia]

Pang is not Caroline Polachek’s first record outside of Chairlift, her former project with Patrick Wimberly: She released Arcadia as Ramona Lisa in 2014 and the instrumental album Drawing the Target Around the Arrow under her initials CEP in 2017. Instead, Pang is Polachek’s first solo LP under her given name. Read the review of “Door.”

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Battles: Juice B Crypts [Warp]

Four years after La Di Da Di, the duo of Ian Williams and John Stanier returns with an album that features Liquid Liquid’s Sal Principato, Yes’ Jon Anderson, Shabazz Palaces, Tune-Yards, Xenia Rubinos, and Taiwanese psych band 落差草原 WWWW (aka Prairie WWWW). According to Williams, the album is ”about chord progressions, resolutions, returning home.”

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Jacques Greene: Dawn Chorus [LuckyMe]

Producer Jacques Greene recorded his new album at his home in Toronto and at Hudson Mohawke’s studio in Los Angeles. The 12-track record features contributions from Julianna Barwick, Ebhoni, Oliver Coates, Clams Casino, Cadence Weapon, Brian Reitzell, and singer Rochelle Jordan. In his Pitchfork review, Noah Yoo calls Dawn Chorus, “a collection of ruminative dance tracks with a shoegaze heart.”

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Homeboy Sandman: Dusty [Mello Music Group]

Homeboy Sandman makes his Mello Music Group debut with Dusty—produced entirely by Mono En Stereo. It’s also his first solo full-length since 2017’s Veins. Since then, the Queens, New York rapper has released his 2018 Edan collab Humble Pi and the Triple Fat Lice EP with Aesop Rock.

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