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 Tame Impala, Katie Gately, yMusic, the Men, Soakie, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. 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 may earn an affiliate commission.)
It’s been five years since Tame Impala dropped their lauded Currents. Kevin Parker has now released the long-awaited follow-up, The Slow Rush, which he recorded, produced, and mixed between Los Angeles and his hometown studio in Fremantle, Australia.
In her Pitchfork review of the album, Jillian Mapes writes, “The Slow Rush is an extraordinarily detailed opus whose influences reach into specific corners of the past six decades, from Philly soul and early prog to acid house, adult-contemporary R&B, and Late Registration.”
Loom is the sophomore studio album by electronic artist and producer Katie Gately, following her 2016 debut Color. Loom is dedicated to Gately’s mother, who died of cancer in 2018. In his Pitchfork review of the album, Shawn Reynaldo writes, “The album may be rooted in loss, but Loom’s success lies in the clarity of vision that [Gately] has found.”
Chamber music ensemble yMusic are well known for their work with Paul Simon, the Tallest Man on Earth, Bruce Hornsby, and others. For their new record, the sextet plays pieces from Pulitzer winner Caroline Shaw, Missy Mazzoli, Gabriella Smith, and Paul Wiancko.
Mercy is the eighth album by the Men and the band’s third with its current lineup. The group recorded Mercy live at Serious Business studio with producer Travis Harrison. “[Mercy is] a wholly contained universe that shares the ash, the birth and the memory; the things motion takes with you after bumping into someone,” vocalist and guitarist Nick Chiericozzi said in a statement.
Soakie: Soakie [La Vida Es un Mus]
Soakie are a punk band from Melbourne made up of two Americans and two New Zealanders. After putting out a demo EP in 2018, the group has now released its self-titled debut. The seven-song release lasts 13 and a half minutes.
Artist 2.0, the new album from Bronx rapper and singer A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, is the sequel to his 2014 debut mixtape Artist. It’s got a range of high-profile guests, including Young Thug, DaBaby, Summer Walker, Roddy Ricch, Khalid, and Lil Uzi Vert. A Boogie’s previous album, Hoodie SZN, was released in 2018.