New Music Radar — Tunes for your Quarantine Blues

>>With so much music that was released today and throughout the week, it can be overwhelming and difficult to determine what to listen to. But we managed to string up a list of some of the best new releases to make things easier for you. From Dua Lipa’s disco-inspired sophomore release to the surprise drop from Childish Gambino, here are some of the best releases this week.

Dua Lipa — 'Future Nostalgia' [Warner Records UK]

After wooing us with the hot streak of punchy pop singles including “Don’t Start Now” and “Physical,” Dua Lipa has finally released her second album 'Future Nostalgia,' an album that fully embraces the retro-pop revival. From the ‘80s synth-pop grooves to the ‘70s disco-inspired thrills, similar to The Weekend’s latest release, 'Future Nostalgia' is a collage of sounds and samples from different times. Also from the flashy and slick production, 'Future Nostalgia' already feels like a modern classic and is Lipa’s strongest statement yet.

Stream the new album here.

Childish Gambino — '3.15.20' [Wolf + Rothstein/RCA Records]

Surprising fans once again, Donald Glover released his latest album as Childish Gambino called '3.15.20.' Mostly drawing from his side of R&B and soul, '3.15.20' is another left-turn in Glover’s music career—completely disregarding the fusion of psychedelic funk and soul from 'Awaken, My Love!' and of course, his strong narrative from his earlier hip hop style. '3.15.20' is more of an experiment, especially being possibly the closing chapter in the Gambino story. One of the many highlights, “Algorhythm” is one of the more charming songs on the album, particularly with its hypnotic and icy minimal 'Yeezus'-esque electronics. However, Gambino’s hyper-anxious vocals and production is what really shines, especially with all the seamless transitions and claustrophobic, but fulfilling electronic textures.

Stream the new album here.

Waxahatchee — 'Saint Cloud' [Merge Records]

Waxahatchee’s (aka Katie Crutchfield) fifth album 'Saint Cloud' is the best album the Alabama songwriter has recorded. Crutchfield’s journey as a musician is quite similar to Conor Oberst’s and if you had to compare 'Saint Cloud' to anything in Oberst’s discography, it would be Bright Eyes’ 'Cassadaga.' Not only is 'Saint Cloud' a re-embracement of her roots with the blending of poetic Americana and warm country rock, but it's also her biggest sounding album, contrasting from her earlier hard-hitting lo-fi days.

Stream the new album here.

Car Seat Headrest — “Martin” [Matador Records]

Car Seat Headrest teased another track from their highly-anticipated upcoming album 'Making A Door Less Open,' out May 1. Differing from the previous single, the minimal EDM-inspired “Can't Cool Me Down,” “Martin” is more of a contemporary spin on the band’s early lo-fi magic. It’s still a bit underwhelming compared to anything from the last two Car Seat Headrest releases, but with its soul-stirring lyrics, climatic chorus and noisy guitar-driven style, it’s still a classic Car Seat Headrest pop song. Rather than crafting a concept album like with 'Twin Fantasy' or 'Teens of Denial,' frontman Will Toledo, aka now TRAIT, stresses that the new album is a collection of ideas spanning from 2015-2019, where he focuses on each song individually, giving each a life of its own.

Stream the latest single here.

The Chats — 'High Risk Behaviour' [Bargain Bin Records]

Best known for their fashionably quirky and edgy music videos, the scrappy Aussie punk or “shed rock” trio the Chats have finally unveiled their debut album 'High Risk Behaviour.' Exploding with chaotic energy and a strong DIY ethic, the debut album sounds like a modern punk album you’d see Henry Rollins praising on a music blog. However if Rollins does happen to hear it, which I’m sure he will, he would have every right to praise it, as it might be one the most traditionally punk sounding albums we’ve heard in years (next to Amyl and The Sniffers’ debut of course).

Stream the new album here.

Nine Inch Nails — 'Ghosts V-VI' [The Null Corporation]

Following 2018’s 'Bad Witch' and a few original scores, Nine Inch Nails surprised fans with two new free instrumental releases called 'Ghosts V: Together' and 'Ghosts VI: Locusts.' Continuing the dark ambient series Reznor and Ross embarked on back in 2008 with 'Ghosts I-IV,' which famously included a sample for Lil Nas X’s mega-hit “Old Town Road.” In a statement, Reznor and Ross wrote, “Music — whether listening to it, thinking about it or creating it — has always been the thing that helped us get through anything — good or bad. With that in mind, we decided to burn the midnight oil and complete these new ghosts records as a means of staying somewhat sane.”

Download both albums for free here.

grandson — “Whole Lotta” ft. DREAMERS [Atlantic Records]

Today, Jordan Edward Benjamin, best known as grandson, has premiered a new single that features pop-rock trio DREAMERS in harmony. The indie-driven acoustic ballad “Whole Lotta” is a continuation of the “Blood//Water Rocker’s XXWhy series, where Benjamin is releasing one collborative acoustic song a month, leading up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election next November. In the title of each song released, Benjamin included the phrase “Text Voter XX to 40649” to raise awareness for voter registration. Also, check out our feature with Benjamin from Issue 5 here.

Stream the new single here.

For more music, be sure to check out our New Music Friday playlist HERE!