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 Drake, Bartees Strange, Perfume Genius, Yaya Bey, Anteloper, John Luther Adams, Tim Bernardes, and Flasher. 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.)
Drake took everybody by surprise last night when he announced that his next album was on the way. The rapper dropped his seventh solo studio LP, Honestly, Nevermind, about six hours later. The follow-up to last year’s Certified Lover Boy was executive produced by Drake, longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib, Drake’s manager Oliver El-Khatib, Noel Cadastre, and Grammy winner Black Coffee. The 14-track record also features extensive production from Black Coffee, Gordo, Alex Lustig, and Beau Nox. Congolese singer Mukengerwa “Tresor” Riziki appears as an additional vocalist on “Currents,” “Down Hill,” and “Tie That Binds.” 21 Savage is the album’s sole credited featured artist, appearing on the closing “Jimmy Cooks.”
Bartees Strange‘s second album, Farm to Table, is the follow-up to his 2020 breakthrough Live Forever. His debut for 4AD includes the songs “Heavy Heart,” “Cosigns,” “Hold the Line,” and “Wretched.” Like its predecessor, the album explores a wide variety of influences, from rap to folk to arena rock. “I want to make things that are polarizing,” he told Alphonse Pierre for the Pitchfork feature “He’s Just Bartees Strange, Baby.”
The 10 songs that comprise Perfume Genius’ latest album, Ugly Season, were originally conceived as accompaniment for a modern dance piece. In 2019, Mike Hadreas co-directed and performed in choreographer Kate Wallich’s The Sun Still Burn Here, which was commissioned by the Seattle Theatre Group and Mass MoCA. Hadreas later brought the music to the studio and expanded on the tracks with his partner Alan Wyffels and producer Blake Mills. The result brilliantly builds on 2020’s Set My Heart on Fire Immediately.
The title of Yaya Bey’s new record, Remember Your North Star, took shape after the R&B singer-songwriter saw a tweet that said “Black women have never seen healthy love or have been loved in a healthy way.” The search for love became the album’s “thesis” of sorts: “Even though we need to be all these different types of women, ultimately we do want love: love of self and love from our community,” she said. “The album is a reminder of that goal.”
Anteloper: Pink Dolphins [International Anthem]
Together, Brooklyn-based jazz musicians Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary are Anteloper. Their third album, Pink Dolphins, was produced by Tortoise’s Jeff Parker and was inspired, in part, by Miles Davis’ 1971 album Live Evil.
John Luther Adams: Houses of the Wind [Cold Blue]
The Pulitzer and Grammy–winning composer John Luther Adams wrote Houses on the Wind in 2021 after revisiting a recording of an aeolian harp, created in the Arctic in the summer of 1989. Adams transformed that burst of sound into five new 10-and-a-half-minute pieces. “The world has changed since then, in ways we couldn’t have imagined. The winds rising around us now seem darker, more turbulent and threatening,” Adams wrote in a statement. “Yet still, if this music is haunted by feelings of loss and longing, I hope it also offers some measure of consolation, even peace.”
The title of Tim Bernardes’ new album, Mil Coisas Invisíveis, translates to A Million Invisible Things. On the follow-up to 2017’s Recomeçar, the São Paulo singer-songwriter explores the unseen forces that shape life. Bernardes wrote most of the album while touring with his rock band O Terno. Over the last few years, he has collaborated with Fleet Foxes and tropicália legend Gal Costa.
Four years after their debut, Constant Image, Flasher are back with a new record called Love Is Yours. The second record by guitarist Taylor Mulitz and drummer Emma Baker is led by the singles “Sideways,” “I’m Better,” and the title track. For Love Is Yours, the duo “wanted to write songs that came intuitively.”