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Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi | Photo by Karen Cox, courtesy of the artist

Collaboration, reclamation, celebration: this week’s batch of new albums has it all. At the top, acclaimed folklorist Rhiannon Giddens teams up with her partner, multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, for They’re Calling Me Home. The collection showcases each artist’s omnivorous approach to traditional music styles of both America and Italy. We’ve been spinning new songs from Parker Millsap on the air; the Oklahoma-based songwriter’s fifth album, Be Here Instead, is out this week. Philadelphia’s Spirit of the Beehive make their debut on Saddle Creek with ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH, the genre-defying group’s fourth release overall. Classic rock fans know Merry Clayton for her fiery collaboration with The Rolling Stones, and she makes her return to gospel music this week with Beautiful Scars. California-based revival rocker Nick Waterhouse‘s Promenade Blue is an ambitious collection co-produced by Paul Butler of psych oddballs A Band of Bees. Matthew E. White pulls out all the stops for Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection, a lush collaboration with iconoclastic sculptor Lonnie Holley. A mainstay of San Francisco’s indie and experimental scene, Glenn Donaldson re-emerges with Uncommon Weather, his first album as leader of The Reds, Pinks & Purples. Finally, Montreal producer Mike Silver’s latest release as CFCF, memoryland, is an inventive take on late-’90s/early ’00s electronic rhythms. PRESS PLAY on these new releases (and more) below…

Rhiannon Giddens + Francesco Turrisi — They’re Calling Me Home
WE LOVE: “Waterbound” “Avalon” “Calling Me Home”

Parker Millsap — Be Here Instead
WE LOVE: “The Real Thing” “Dammit”

Spirit of the Beehive — ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH
WE LOVE: “THE SERVER IS IMMERSED” “THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN’T DO”

Merry Clayton — Beautiful Scars
WE LOVE: “Deliverance” “Touch the Hem of His Garment”

Nick Waterhouse — Promenade Blue
WE LOVE: “B. Santa Ana, 1986” “Place Names”

Matthew E. White + Lonnie Holley — Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection
WE LOVE: “I’m Not Tripping” “This Here Jungle of Moderness”

The Reds, Pinks & Purples — Uncommon Weather
WE LOVE: “Don’t Ever Pray in the Church on My Street” “The Biggest Fan”

CFCF — memoryland
WE LOVE: “Heaven” “Life is Perfecto”

Briston Maroney — Sunflower
WE LOVE: “It’s Still Cool If You Don’t” “Sinkin'”

EXTENDED PLAYS (a few more notable releases out this week):
Billy WylderWhatcha Looking For EP , The FratellisHalf Drunk Under a Full Moon, Small BlackCheap Dreams, PONY TV Baby, Jordan RakeiLate Night Tales, Samantha CrainI Guess We Live Here Now EP, The Pink StonesIntroducing… The Pink Stones

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