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 Mac DeMarco, Charly Bliss, Holly Herndon, Jamila Woods, Young Nudy and Pi’erre Bourne, Ciara, and Nots. 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.)
Here Comes the Cowboy follows Mac DeMarco’s 2017 record This Old Dog. It’s also his first release on his new label (called—what else—Mac’s Record Label). Read Pitchfork’s track reviews of “Nobody” and “All of Our Yesterdays.” Watch the music videos for “Nobody,” “On the Square,” and “Here Comes the Cowboy.”
Two years after their debut album Guppy, the New York indie rock band Charly Bliss are back with Young English. Eva Hendricks described her band’s new album as finding the meeting place between “crying and dancing.” It was announced with “Capacity,” which arrived with a video directed by Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner. It also features the new song “Hard to Believe.”
Experimental composer Holly Herndon’s follow-up to 2015’s Platform required a new platform of its own. PROTO was created with help from Spawn—a new A.I. entity housed in a gaming PC that Herndon developed. The album features assistance from other developers and vocalists, and it includes the standout single “Eternal.”
Jamila Woods’ new album is an ode to some of the all-time greats. LEGACY! LEGACY! features songs named after Nikki Giovanni, Zora Neale Hurston, Eartha Kitt, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sun Ra, James Baldwin, and Octavia Butler. The album follows 2016’s HEAVN and features assistance from Saba, Nico Segal, Peter CottonTale, and others.
Pi’erre Bourne has made his name as a producer behind songs by Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Trippie Redd, and Lil Yachty. Atlanta rapper Young Nudy, cousin of 21 Savage, released Slimeball 3 last year. Their collaborative new project Sli’merre features guest appearances from 21, Uzi, Megan Thee Stallion, and DaBaby.
Memphis punks Nots released their debut album We Are Nots in 2014 and followed it with Cosmetic in 2016. This year, they’re back with a new album on Goner Records and a pared-back trio lineup. The album was led by the new single “Half Painted House.”