This holiday weekend, toss a few new releases on the grill and dig in. Fresh off a stellar NonComm showcase (and World Cafe interview), Arlo Parks follows up her Mercury Prize-winning Collapsed in Sunbeams with the self-assured My Soft Machine. Kevin Morby reworks last year’s already masterful This is a Photograph from the ground up into More Photographs (A Continuum), which also features three new songs. Following the twin successes of their musical film Annette and Edgar Wright’s loving documentary The Sparks Brothers, iconoclastic L.A. duo Sparks are as restlessly creative as ever on their 26th studio album, The Girl is Crying in Her Latte. Another ambitious duo, Brooklyn’s Water from Your Eyes, play with sound and structure on Everyone’s Crushed, their fifth release and first for 4AD.
Miya Folick‘s Roach is a propulsive examination of the L.A. songwriter’s own self; embracing the aspects that bring joy and exorcising those that don’t. An original member of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, Cuban guitarist Eliades Ochoa is joined by Joan as Police Woman and Charlie Musselwhite on his solo release Guajiro.
PRESS PLAY on these new releases below. Listen for spotlights on new records like these (and more) every Friday on the XPN Morning Show and Indie Rock Hit Parade.
Arlo Parks – My Soft Machine
CHECK OUT: “Weightless” “Blades”
Kevin Morby – More Photographs (A Continuum)
CHECK OUT: “This is a Photograph II” “Five Easy Pieces Revisited”
Sparks – The Girl is Crying in Her Latte
CHECK OUT: “The Girl is Crying in Her Latte” “Nothing is as Good as They Say It Is”
Water from Your Eyes – Everyone’s Crushed
CHECK OUT: “True Life” “14”
Kool & The Gang – People Just Wanna Have Fun
CHECK OUT: “Let’s Party (feat. Sha Sha Jones)” “We Are the Party”
Miya Folick – Roach
CHECK OUT: “Get Out of My House” “So Clear”
Eliades Ochoa – Guajiro
CHECK OUT: “Se Soltó un León” “Creo en la Naturaleza (feat. Joan as Police Woman)”
AJJ – Disposable Everything, The Barnestormers – The Barnstormers, Bayonne – Temporary Time, Boy & Bear – Boy & Bear, Calexico – Feast of Wire (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition), Charley Crockett – The Man from Waco Redux, Clark – Sus Dog, Daniel Blumberg – GUT, The Dirty Nil – Free Rein to Passions , Don Letts – Outta Sync, The Exploding Hearts – Guitar Romantic (Expanded & Remastered), Kassa Overall – Animals, Low Coast – Existing the Dream, Matchbox Twenty – Where the Light Goes, Miranda and the Beat – Miranda and the Beat, The Orielles – The Goyt Method EP, Passion Pit – Gossamer (Expanded Edition), Pere Ubu – Trouble on Big Beat Street, quickly, quickly – Easy Listening EP, Radiator Hospital – Can’t Make Any Promises, Shirley Collins – Archangel Hill, Simply Red – Time, Suicide – A Way of Life (35th Anniversary Edition), Tame Impala – Lonerism (10 Year Anniversary Box Set), Wolf Eyes – Dreams in Splattered Lines, Various Artists – Nuclear War: A Tribute to Sun Ra: Volume 1