Our picks for this week's best new albums include the latest from Thundercat, M. Ward, country singers Ashley McBryde and Sam Hunt, ambient cello tunes from Clarice Jensen and more. Featured Albums: 1. M. Ward — Migration Stories Featured Song: "Unreal City" 2. Ashley McBryde — Never Will Featured Song: "Martha Divine" 3. NNAMDÏ — BRAT Featured Song: "Salut" 4. Wilma Archer — A Western Circular Featured Songs: "Last Sniff" and "Killing Crab" 5. Thundercat — It Is What It Is Featured Song: "Fair Chance" 6. Clarice Jensen — The Experience of Repetition as Death Featured Song: "Day Tonight: 7. Anna Burch — If You're Dreaming Featured Song: "Can't Sleep" 8. Sam Hunt — Southside Featured Song: "Hard to Forget" Other notable albums out on April 3: All Time Low — Wake Up Sunshine; Born Ruffians — JUICE; Caleb Caudle — Better Hurry Up; Ellis — Born Again; The Lovely Eggs — I Am Moron; Nina Simone — Fodder On My Wings ; Peel Dream Magazine — Agitprop Alterna; Purity Ring — Womb; Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn — Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn ; Yves Tumor — Heaven to a Tortured Mind. Keep up with the latest from NPR Music with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at
Old Songs, New Meanings
Listening to music during this pandemic has cast new light on old familiar tunes. Here's a listener-curated mix-tape of songs whose lyrics have an eerie — or comforting — connection to our current crisis.
New Music Friday: March 27
It's another super-packed release week, with stellar new albums from Pearl Jam, Sufjan Stevens, the producer Knxwledge, Little Dragon and more. Featured Albums: 1. Pearl Jam — Gigaton Featured Song: "Quick Escape" 2. Clem Snide — Forever Just Beyond Featured Song: "Roger Ebert" 3. Little Dragon — New Me, Same Us Featured Song: "Are You Feeling Sad?" 4. Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams — Aporia Featured Songs: "Ousia," "Agathon" and "Misology" 5. Somni — Home Featured Song: "Home" 6. Lilly Hiatt — Walking Proof Featured Song: "P-Town" 7. Knxwledge — 1988 Featured Song: "Don't Be Afraid" 8. Orion Sun — Hold Space for Me Featured Song: "Grim Reaper" 9. Jacaszek — Music for Film Featured Song: "The Iron Bridge" Other notable releases for March 27: 5 Seconds of Summer — Calm; Basia Bulat — Are You In Love?; Bon Iver — Blood Bank 10th Anniversary Edition; Brian Fallon — Local Honey; Brooklyn Rider — Healing Modes; Cable Ties — Far Enough; Catholic Action — Celebrated by Strangers; Gold Cage — Social Crutch; Half Waif — The Caretaker; In this Moment — Mother; Jim Lauderdale — When Carolina Comes Home Again; Jessie Reyez — Before Love Came to Kill Us; Joyner Lucas — ADHD, Lakecia Benjamin — Pursuance: The Coltranes; Margaret Glaspy — Devotion; The Orb — Abolition of the Royal Familia; San Fermin — The Cormorant I & II; Vanessa Carlton — Love is an Art; Vikingur Olafsson — Debussy - Rameau; Waxahatchee — Saint Cloud.
Roger And Brian Eno Reveal How They Made Their Tranquil New Album Together
The two brothers describe their first-ever album together as a kind of art project — Roger composed the music and Brian added all the color. "Roger is a landscape painter," says Brian, "and I'm an abstract expressionist."
New Music Friday: March 20
Finally, some good news! J Balvin's Colores is here , along with The Weeknd's mysterious After Hours, dance therapy from TOKiMONSTA and more, all on our shortlist of the week's best new albums. Featured Albums: 1. J Balvin — Colores Featured Song: "Amarillo" 2. The Weeknd — After Hours Featured Song: "After Hours" 3. TOKiMONSTA — Oasis Nocturno Featured Song: "Get Me Some" 4. Ian William Craig — Red Sun Through Smoke Featured Songs: "Weight" and "Condx QRN" 5. Becca Stevens — Wonderbloom Featured Song: "I Wish" 6. Yael Naim — nightsongs 7. Kelsea Ballerini — Kelsea Featured Song: "Half of my Hometown" Other notable releases for March 20: Adam Lambert — Velvet; Brian and Roger Eno — Mixing Colours; Conan Gray — Kid Krow; Delta Rae — The Light; Gordon Lightfoot — SOLO; The Legendary Ingramettes — Take a Look in the Book; Låpsley — Through Water; Mapache — From Liberty Street; Moaning -- Uneasy Laughter; Sea Wolf — Through a Dark Wood; Tower of Power — Step Up.