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 Mitski, Alan Palomo, Tomb Mold, Kipp Stone, Vagabon, Sarah Mary Chadwick, Piotr Kurek, Subsonic Eye, and Eli Escobar. 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.)
Mitski: The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We [Dead Oceans]
Around the release of last album Laurel Hell, Mitski looked set to retire from music. Just 18 months later, to a resounding sigh of relief, she announced a follow-up. There is a lot “about working in the music industry, and about being in the public eye, that feels like it goes against my nature,” she said in a newsletter. “Ultimately, I recognized that I really want to keep making music, and I’m willing to take the difficult stuff with the wonderful stuff.” Led by the gospel-tinged “Bug Like an Angel,” The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We heralds the singer-songwriter’s return with orchestral swirls and folk threads wrapped around her typically acerbic, self-scrutinizing lyrics.