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 and EPs from Young Fathers, the Men, Raye, Sunny War, Loscil & Lawrence English, Kassem Mosse, Toumba, and Robert Forster. 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.)
Heavy Heavy is the first full-length from Young Fathers since 2018’s Cocoa Sugar. The trio of Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, and G. Hastings returned last July to share the album’s lead single, “Geronimo.” The band went on to share the tracks “I Saw,” “Tell Somebody,” and “Rice.”
The latest from New York rockers the Men is a bittersweet tribute to sticking it out in New York during lockdown. “When everyone left NYC, the sewer opened and we crawled out,” the band wrote in a press release. New York City, the band’s ninth album, was announced with “Hard Livin’,” a song about dealing with life’s hardships alone. The new LP follows the Men’s 2020 record, Mercy.