PRESS PLAY: New Albums out July 21st - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

These days everyone is saying “Barbie this” and “Oppenheimer that,” but no one is saying “tracklist this” and “digipak that.” UK titans Blur follow their 2015 comeback with another comeback; LP9 The Ballad of Darren is, according to singer Damon Albarn, the band’s first ‘legit’ album since 1999’s 13. Working with a list of collaborators including Dave Matthews and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway‘s City of Gold is a road trip-ready sequel to last year’s Crooked Tree. On his self-titled third album as Cut Worms, singer-guitarist Max Clarke hones his Americana-tinged jangle pop around stories of love and unsolved mysteries.

Recorded in upstate New York during a raging blizzard, NY/Philly quartet Strange Ranger offer lo-fi outsider soul on their fourth album, Pure Music. Revisiting the sonic textures of her late ’90s debut (and the life lessons she’s learned since), Lori McKenna channels a career’s worth of inspiration into her 12th LP, 1988. Coinciding with the 54th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission (and what would have been the artist’s 99th birthday), the restored Journey to the Moon and Beyond features a restoration of Mort Garson‘s soundtrack accompaniment to the moon landing’s live broadcast. And yeah, Barbie: the Album is out with fantastic plastic contributions from Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Nicki Minaj and more.

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.

BlurThe Ballad of Darren
CHECK OUT: “The Narcissist” “St. Charles Square”

Molly Tuttle & Golden HighwayCity of Gold
CHECK OUT: “El Dorado” “Next Rodeo”

Cut WormsCut Worms
CHECK OUT: “Ballad of the Texas King” “Don’t Fade Out”

Strange RangerPure Music
CHECK OUT: “She’s on Fire” “Wide Awake”

Lori McKenna1988
CHECK OUT: “The Town in Your Heart” “Happy Children”

Mort GarsonJourney to the Moon and Beyond
CHECK OUT: “Moon Journey” “Zoos of the World”

Various Artists – Barbie: the Album
CHECK OUT: Billie Eilish – “What Was I Made For?” Dua Lipa – “Dance the Night”

Allegra Kreiger – I Keep My Feet on the Fragile Plane, Andrew Bird – Outside Problems, Bloc PartyThe High Life EP, Charm School – Finite Jest EP,
Cloudland Canyon – Cloudland Canyon, Greta Van Fleet – Starcatcher, Guided By Voices – Welshpool Frillies, Half Japanese – Jump into Love, Landscape – Landscape a Go-Go: The Story of Landscape 1977-83, London Grammar – The Remixes, Mount KimbieCity Planning (Deluxe Edition), Nils Lofgren – Mountains, Nina Simone – You’ve Got to Learn, Paris TexasMID AIR, Rachel Sage – The Other Side

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