This week’s most notable new releases aren’t new at all; following years of ongoing legal disputes, clearance issues, and, sadly, the early February death of founding member Trugoy the Dove, De La Soul‘s 1989-2001 catalog finally arrives on streaming services today. This long-overdue move coincides with the 34th anniversary of the trio’s landmark debut, 3 Feet High and Rising, which itself receives an expanded reissue today.
Joining those De La classics in today’s roundup is the FOREGROUND MUSIC, latest post-post-post-modern rock salvo from Philly favorite Ron Gallo. Australian songwriter Jen Cloher explores asserting electronic textures on their fifth solo album, I Am the River, the River is Me. Bay Area singer Hannah van Loon’s second LP as Tanukichan, GIZMO, is packed with effervescent indie pop and, like her 2018 debut, was produced by Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi. As showcased at today’s Free at Noon concert, Philly crew Mo Lowda & the Humble bring abundant energy to their self-titled fourth album.
On his fifth solo LP, Brothers & Sisters, Steve Mason revels in the quiet anthems and acoustic percussion loops that have been his calling cards since his days as lead singer of The Beta Band. Abstract song structures and mind-bending melodies form the heart of Russian artist Kate NV‘s bold and adventurous WOW. On I Don’t Know a Thing About Love, Willie Nelson pays tender tribute to prolific Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard’s six-decade long career.
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