6 Albums Out Today You Should Listen to Now: Brittany Howard, Vivian Girls, M83, and More

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 Brittany Howard, Vivian Girls, M83, Tove Lo, Topdown Dialectic, and Molly Sarlé. 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.)

Brittany Howard: Jaime [ATO]

Jaime is the debut solo album from Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard. The album’s title honors Howard’s older sister, who inspired her love for music but died at age 13. In his review of the album, named Best New Music, Sheldon Pearce writes, “Jaime is the sound of [Howard] coming up for air, getting to know herself better, coming to terms with her place in the world, and then proudly standing in that truth.”

Read the feature “Brittany Howard on Her Solo Debut, Her Black Heroes, and Owning Her Greatness.”

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Vivian Girls: Memory [Polyvinyl]

Brooklyn’s Vivian Girls disbanded in 2014, but the trio of Katy Goodman, Ali Koehler, and Cassie Ramone reunite with Memory, their fourth LP. The album was led by the songs “Sick,” “Something to Do,” and “Sludge.” Revisit “When I’m Gone: Why Vivian Girls Mattered” on the Pitch.

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M83: DSVII [Mute]

DSVII is the sequel to M83’s 2007 album Digital Shades Vol. 1. Anthony Gonzalez has said that DSVII was heavily inspired by the music of video games from his childhood. Check out the music videos for “Temple of Sorrow,” “Lune de Fiel,” and “Feelings.”

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Tove Lo: Sunshine Kitty [Island]

Tove Lo’s 2017 album Blue Lips chronicled the end of a doomed relationship. The Swedish pop star told Gay Times’ Lewis Corner that Sunshine Kitty is a “happier” album that features the “club bangers” for which she’s known, along with some gentler tracks. The album features guest appearances by Kylie Minogue, Doja Cat, Jax Jones, and others.

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Topdown Dialectic: Vol. 2 [Peak Oil]

Topdown Dialectic is an enterprise of equal mystery and anonymity—their online presence is scant, and their clear cassette tapes arrive without any information about track titles or personnel. A press release describes them as just an “undisclosed North American technologist.” On 2018’s Topdown Dialectic, they smeared together dub, techno, and ambient sensibilities with a wide variety of textures; Vol. 2 is their second album for the Los Angeles label Peak Oil.

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Molly Sarlé: Karaoke Angel [Partisan]

Molly Sarlé is one-third of the folk trio Mountain Man, but she steps into the spotlight on her first solo album, Karaoke Angel. Across its 10 tracks, she explores sexuality, vulnerability, self-determination, and the cathartic power of karaoke. She recorded the album with Sam Evian, who also produced the record, in Woodstock, New York.

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