>>With so much music that was released 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 releases to make things easier for you. From Jehnny Beth’s crushing debut solo effort to Naeem shedding his previous name on his daring new project, here are some of the best releases of the week.
Jehnny Beth — 'To Love Is to Live' [Caroline Records]
Savages singer Jehnny Beth goes solo on her debut 'To Love Is to Live,' which shows the frontwoman delving into subject matter dealing with gender identity, sin and power. The new solo debut ranges from chaotic art-punk with heavy dosage of industrial music to atmospheric and tender piano ballads. However as wide-ranging as the tracklisting is, every track here places Beth’s unique lyrics front and center. It also features many guest talents including Atticus Ross, Romy Madley Croft of The xx and even actor Cillian Murphy. 'To Love Is to Live' is an impressively well-crafted and constructed album and hopefully it will not be Beth’s only solo effort.
Stream the new album here.
Naeem — 'Startisha' [37d03d]
Breaking away from his old hip-hop project under the name Spank Rock, Naeem’s new album introduces him as a relentless and genre-bending artist who has spent a half-decade of soul searching and exploring new styles. 'Startisha' is Naeem’s first album under his own name, which is loaded with left-turns, impressive collaborations and musical odes. There are some Spank Rock elements on a couple tracks, including “Let Us Rave,” which is one of the more aggressive tracks the album offers, but the slower and more introspective songs dominate the album’s mantra and spiritual journey. There’s also a fine blend of Naeem’s wild production style that’s packed with heavy percussion and spacey synth chords correlating with the album’s creative expression. 'Startisha' isn’t only introducing us to Naeem’s growth and change, but it also allows us into his personal space as a queer black man living in America.