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 Fennesz, Quelle Chris, K Á R Y Y N, Billie Eilish, Portishead’s Beth Gibbons, woods + segal, and HARAM. 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 Amazon links, however, Pitchfork may earn an affiliate commission.)
With Agora, Austrian guitarist and producer Christian Fennesz presents his first LP of solo material since 2014’s Bécs. The four-track album was recorded with minimal equipment after Fennesz found himself without a traditional studio space. Fennesz shared Agora’s lead single “In My Room” ahead of the LP. Revisit Pitchfork’s 2009 interview with Fennesz.
Guns—Quelle Chris’ first solo album in two years—features a hearty community of contributors, including Denmark Vessey, Jean Grae, and more. The record follows last year’s Everything’s Fine (with Jean Grae) and 2017’s Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often.
Syrian-American songwriter K Á R Y Y N’s 11-track debut album arrives today. THE QUANTA SERIES was written over a seven-year period and features the previously released “SEGMENT & THE LINE,” “TODAY, I READ YOUR LIFE STORY 11:11,” “Un-c2-See,” “PURGATORY,” and “BINARY.” Read Pitchfork’s Rising feature “K Á R Y Y N’s Curiously Powerful Experimental Pop.”
WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? is Billie Eilish’s debut LP. The 17-year-old artist shared music videos for the LP’s “when the party’s over,” “bury a friend,” and “you should see me in a crown.” Her debut EP, dont smile at me, arrived in 2017.
Portishead’s Beth Gibbons has teamed up with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki for her latest release. They performed their rendition of Henryk Górecki’s third symphony (known as Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) in 2014 at Warsaw’s National Opera Grand Theatre.
woods + segal: Hiding Places [Backwoodz Studioz]
Brooklyn rapper billy woods (one half of the duo Armand Hammer) and Los Angeles producer Kenny Segal have shared their new collaboration Hiding Places. The 12-track project features Elucid, Self Jupiter, and MOTHERMARY.
HARAM: وين كنيت بي ١١/٩؟? “Where Were You on 9/11?” EP [Toxic State]