New Music Friday — Coming to You, 1000BPM

With so much music that was released throughout the week, it can be overwhelming and difficult to determine what to listen to. We assembled a list of some of the best releases to make things easier for you. From the Horrors embracing a full-on industrial aesthetic to the timeless debut album by Spiritual Mafia, here are some of the best releases of the week.

Caroline International / Anti Fade Records

The Horrors — Lout [Wolf Tone/Caroline International]

The Horrors are back with their first release in nearly four years. The three-track EP Lout follows the British band's last album V in 2017 and synthesist Tom Furse's deep-listening solo album, Ecstatic Meditations from earlier this year. Lout shows the band drawing away from their goth rock and dream pop styling and embracing more adventurous electronic elements and a mad array of effects. From the shattering mid-tempo "Whiplash" to the vrooming '90s-styled dance-metal on the hard-hitting title track, Lout is the heaviest material the Horrors have ever made and signals to an even greater project.

Stream the new EP here.

Spiritual Mafia — Alfresco [Anti Fade Records]

Made up of members from fellow Melbourne underground bands including Cuntz, Exek, Ausmuteants and Spray Paint, the post-punk quintet Spiritual Mafia dig deep into the their primitive post-punk soundscapes on their muscular debut album Alfresco. With members spread across the far reaches of Australia, the quintet still somehow managed to re-establish themselves with a new project during a global pandemic. And with live music back in Australia, the time couldn't be any better, with a much-needed craving for such a lively music scene. The debut album is filled with an array of catchy, plainspoken post-punk that fuses motorik rhythms with a cosmic array of synths along with some nods to the Stooges and The Fall. The lead single "Body" is drenched with a noisy, claustrophobic chug of tightly-coiled guitar riffs, while Poolside" is accompanied with a catchy melody and jagged guitar pattern that slithers through a scuzzy post-punk soundscape that hits all directions. The chaotic closer "Bath Boy" is intensely built with a hypnotic bassline and reels from no-wave with its sprawling guitars and buzzing effects.

Stream the new album here.

Forty Feet Tall — A Good Distraction [Magnetic Moon Records]

The Portland-based indie rock band Forty Feet Tall have released their latest album A Good Distraction, which showcases the band expanding on their rock style, embracing a more fuzzy and melodic garage-punk styling compared to their previous riff-laden blues rock. "In a lot of ways, what we have now, though we kept the name, feels like a brand new band," the band said in a press release. "The album has leanings to punk and psych and we started really diving into bands such as Parquet Courts, King Gizzard, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and the Oh Sees. There’s also a lot of influence from early Elvis Costello records too." This is the band's best collection of songs that are well-crafted and balance between being personal and political. The songs were written before the pandemic, but with a strong political bend, they feel just as relevant to the midst of chaos we've been facing over the last few months between racism and classism. Instead of turning a blind eye, Forty Feet Tall confront these ills with their post-punk intensity, especially on the standout "Taxidermy (Don't Touch Me)" and the explosive Oh Sees-tinged "Don't Tell Your Mom." This album really showcases just how much the band has grown over the last couple years and while letting loose, they simultaneously challenge listeners to survey and think about the world we're currently in.

Stream the new album here.

Jacob Banks — For My Friends [Interscope Records]

Following his 2018 critically acclaimed debut album Village, the Nigerian-born multi-instrumentalist Jacob Banks finally shares his highly anticipated new project For My Friends. The eight-song project finds Banks more creatively focused and in command of his artistry than ever before. Recorded mostly in Banks' London home along with collaborating remotely with longtime collaborator Sillkey and contributions from Yakob, Sam De Jong, Spencer Stewart and Jonah Christian, Banks' new project offers up everything from cathartic protest songs to slow-burning meditations, with each track having Banks' rich timbre fearlessly front and center. From the introspective storytelling and vulnerability on previously released singles "Devil That I Know" and "Stranger" to the powerful and mesmerizingly deep "Found" and "Parade," For My Friends showcases Banks' versatility, allowing him to shine through.

Stream the new album here.

Jenny Owen Youngs — Echo Mountain [Fisher and Porcupine]

Jenny Owen Youngs' latest EP is a tidy collection of original singles, along with a demo and remix, detailing the state of confusion we're all currently in and the overall messiness of life. Skipping between the unsettlingly nostalgia from our childhood and teens to the ruminations of the lasting impact on our current decisions, Youngs collection of songs are both meditative and warm, showing how strong she still is a decade and a half into her career. The marvelous lead single "Dungeons and Dragons" is the essence of the mood on the EP. According to a press release, Young says the song is about "using a role playing game as an early escapism tool. It's also about the fear of turning into the worst parts of the people who raise you."

Stream the new EP here.

Cameron Knowler & Eli Winter — Anticipation [American Dreams]

After releasing the excellent pastoral string work on last year's Unbecoming, the young folk guitarist Eli Winter follows up with an engrossing collaboration with bluegrass player Cameron Kowler. While the players come from different approaches, they meld their styles together with a brotherly symbiosis, bringing a tenderness that's experimental and uniquely their own. From dubbing the Appalachian folk song "Cumberland Gap" to "Cumberland Application" to the record’s centerpiece "A White Rose for Mark," a tribute to late fingerstyle guitarist Mark Fosso, it's unbelievable how great the chemistry is on these songs, considering they were only developed over a period of weeks. The album's gorgeous duets are a document of a musical juncture between folk traditions and American avant-garde.

Stream the new album here.

For more new music, be sure to check out our New Music Friday playlist below.