Flock of Dimes | photo by Graham Tolbert, courtesy of the artist

The first Friday of a new month brings a fresh crop of albums, EPs and other neat collections to PRESS PLAY! This week, we’re particularly excited about the return of Flock of Dimes, the solo project of Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner. Head of Roses is Wasner’s first full-length as Flock of Dimes in nearly five years, and it’s a warm and welcome return. Prolific guitarist Ryley Walker offers Course in Fable, his first solo release of the year following a collaboration with Japanese rock group Kikagaku Moyo. Led by spoken-word artist Florence Cleopatra Shaw, London’s Dry Cleaning make their long-awaited debut with New Long Leg. Fans of Galaxie 500 and the Pixies will find a lot to love on Access, the second album by Michigan’s Major Murphy. After the disbanding The Pains of Being Pure at Heart in 2019, Kip Berman returns with Tethers, his first album as The Natvral. Over a dozen artists from the roster of 4AD, including Big Thief, The Breeders, and Future Islands, contribute covers of past 4AD classics to celebrate 40+ years of the iconic indie label. PRESS PLAY on these releases and more below…

Flock of DimesHead of Roses
WE LOVE: “Two” “Hard Way” “Price of Blue”

Ryley WalkerCourse in Fable
WE LOVE: “Rang Dizzy” “Axis Bent”

Dry CleaningNew Long Leg
WE LOVE: “Scratchcard Lanyard” “Strong Feelings”

Major MurphyAccess
WE LOVE: “Access” “Unfazed”

The NatvralTethers
WE LOVE: “Why Don’t You Come Out Anymore?” “Sun Blisters”

Bills & Aches & Blues
WE LOVE: “Cannonball” “Junkyard” “The Moon is Blue”

Kishi BashiEmigrant EP
WE LOVE: “Laughing With” “Wait for Springtime”

Gary Bartz, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Adrian YoungeGary Bartz Jid 006
WE LOVE: “Spiritual Ideation” “The Message”

EXTENDED PLAYS (a few more notable releases out this week):
Bryce Dessner with the Australian String Quartet and the Sydney Dance CompanyImpermanence/Disintegration, No-No Boy1975, Shakey GravesRoll the Bones X, Allen GinsbergAt Reed College: The First Recorded Reading of Howl & Other Poems