After beginning the year with a look ahead the 2024’s anticipated releases, it’s time to dig into a batch of new albums that are (actually) out this week! Marika Hackman’s Big Sigh returns to the sparser style of British singer-songwriter’s earliest recordings, coupling intensely personal lyrics with dramatic acoustic guitar and piano. Justin Young wrote the songs for The Vaccines’ sixth album, Pick-Up Full of Pink Carnations, while living in Los Angeles; the London rockers were inspired by Don McLean’s 1971 opus “American Pie.” Serving as the band’s swan song (for now), Philly funk-pop crew Chestnut Grove go out with a lively bang on Can’t Stand the Music.

Former Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones’s Iechyd Da (Welsh for “good health”) is a sharp blend of progressive folk and ‘60s pop homages. Australian guitar combo Vacations bring a dose of sunshine on their third LP, Wish You Were Here. Following their 2023 debut Mind Palace Music, Philly/Baltimore duo @ turn in another batch of kaleidoscopic avant-pop on their EP, Are You There God? It’s Me, @.

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.

Marika Hackman Big Sigh
CHECK OUT: “No Caffeine” “Slime”

The Vaccines Pick-Up Full of Pink Carnations
CHECK OUT: “Lunar Eclipse” “Love to Walk Away”

Chestnut Grove Can’t Stand the Music
CHECK OUT: “All for You” “Can’t Stand the Music”

Bill Ryder-Jones Iechyd Da
CHECK OUT: “This Can’t Go On” “If Tomorrow Starts Without Me”

Vacations No Place Like Home
CHECK OUT: “Next Exit” “Close Quarters”

@Are You There God? It’s Me, @ EP
CHECK OUT: “Soul Hole” “Webcrawler”

The Bug ClubRare Birds: Hour of Song, Cocteau TwinsFour-Calendar Café (Reissue) / Milk and Kisses (Reissue), G. Love & Special SauceG. Love & Special Sauce (30th Anniversary Expanded Edition), Kali UchisOrquídeas, Lou ReedHudson River Wind Meditations (Reissue)