With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums from Lana Del Rey, Grouper, Helado Negro, Hand Habits, Parquet Courts, Circuit des Yeux, Jpegmafia, and Nubya Garcia. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)
Blue Banisters is the second studio album from Lana Del Rey this year, following her March release of Chemtrails Over the Country Club. The record includes “Textbook” and “Wildflower Wildfire,” the latter co-written and produced by Mike Dean. Other Blue Banisters contributors include Gabriel Edward Simon, Zachary Dawes, and Drew Erickson. Last month, Del Rey shared a music video for the single “Arcadia,” followed by a visual for “Blue Banisters” earlier this week.
Shade is Liz Harris’ first Grouper LP since 2018’s Grid of Points. She recorded the album over the span of 15 years, some of it during a residency at Mount Tamalpais, and some in Portland, while a selection of more recent tracks were laid down in Astoria. She released lead single “Unclean mind” upon announcing Shade in July. Last month, Harris released a video for “Ode to the blue.” The visual was directed by Dicky Bahto, and it features an appearance from Julia Holter.
Helado Negro—the music project of Roberto Carlos Lange—is back with a new full-length. Far In follows his 2019 LP This Is How You Smile. The new 15-track record includes the singles “Gemini and Leo,” “Outside the Outside,” and “La Naranja.” Far In also features contributions from Kacy Hill (on “Wake Up Tomorrow”), Buscabulla (on “Agosto”), and Benamin (on “Telescope”). Read Pitchfork’s profile “Helado Negro Is Dancing Out the Anxiety of Modern Life.”
Singer-songwriter Meg Duffy brings their trademark guitar tone to the likes of Weyes Blood, Perfume Genius, and the War on Drugs as a session and occasionally as a touring member. Fun House is Duffy’s latest solo endeavor as Hand Habits, following 2019’s Placeholder. Perfume Genius’ Mike Hadreas makes a guest appearance as a backup vocalist on “Just to Hear You.”
Parquet Courts developed Sympathy for Life from improvised jam sessions, finishing most of the recording before the pandemic. They released “Plant Life” in a physical-only edition in June before sharing “Walking at a Downtown Pace,” “Black Widow Spider,” and “Homo Sapiens.” The band is unrolling the record with a screening of a visual counterpart and an 11-part series of “global happenings” dubbed The Power of Eleven.
Inspired by grief, personal trauma, and semi-tropical sunsets, -io is the sixth Circuit Des Yeux album from Chicago artist Haley Fohr. She wrote her own arrangements for organ, strings, percussion, and horns to illuminate the enormity of her emotions within -io. The record builds from the crackling charge of “Vanishing” and “Dogma” to the dramatic sweep of “Sculpting the Exodus” and “Neutron Star.”
Jpegmafia: LP! [EQT/Republic]
Today is Jpegmafia’s 32nd birthday, which he’s marked with the release of LP!, his fourth studio album. The “online” version of the record opens with the single “Trust!” and closes with “Bald!” and “Bald! Remix,” featuring Denzel Curry.
London-based jazz saxophonist Nubya Garcia released her debut album Source in summer 2020, earning herself a spot on the shortlist for the United Kingdom’s major Mercury Prize. Source ⧺ We Move is a remixed collection of that record’s songs. Nala Sinephro, KeiyaA, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Moses Boyd, Suricata are among the album’s contributors.