MICHELLE | photo by Sophia Wilson, courtesy of the artist

February 2022 was one of the busiest months for album releases in recent memory. If you were hoping that March would offer some reprieve, well I have got bad (good) news. Recent Free at Noon guests MICHELLE make their hook-filled debut with After Dinner We Talk Dreams. Things Are Great is the bright and sparkling sixth album from Band of Horses; their first in six years. London artist Nilüfer Yanya packs in a mountain of ideas (and makes it sound easy) on PAINLESS. Seattle party-starters The Dip get things shaking on Sticking With It.

Trailblazing vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant‘s Ghost Song is a collection of haunted originals and cursed covers. Contrasting last year’s Ignorance, The Weather Station returns with the sparse and arresting How is it That I Should Look at the Stars. Finally a few new Philly-area releases to note: Kristine Leschper (fka Mothers) makes her baroque solo debut, and familial retro rockers Ceramic Animal make a fine match with Dan Auerbach. PRESS PLAY on these new releases (and plenty more) below…

MICHELLE After Dinner We Talk Dreams
CHECK OUT: “Expiration Date” “Pose”

Band of HorsesThings Are Great
CHECK OUT: “Crutch” “In Need of Repair”

Nilüfer YanyaPAINLESS
CHECK OUT: “stabilise” “the dealer”

The DipSticking With It
CHECK OUT: “Paddle to the Stars” “When You Lose Someone”

Cécile McLorin SalvantGhost Song
CHECK OUT: “Thunderclouds” “Until”

The Weather Station How is it That I Should Look at the Stars
CHECK OUT: “Endless Time” “To Talk About”

Kristine LeschperThe Opening, or Closing of a Door
CHECK OUT: “Ribbon” “Picture Window”

Ceramic AnimalSweet Unknown
CHECK OUT: “Sweet Unknown” “Up in Smoke”

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