In many instances an album's strongest songs are shared before the album's release. There were several albums released this week, however, that featured standout tracks that were not advance singles and so this week's Songs of the Week features some of those, filtered in with other new singles released this week.
Petite Noir (aka half-Congolese, half-Angolan, Cape Town-residing artist Yannick Ilunga) is releasing a new mini-album, La Maison Noir / The Black House, October 5 via Roya. Previously he shared its first single, "Blame Fire"(which was one of our Songs of the Week). Now he has shared another song from the album, "Beach," which features Danny Brown and Nukubi Nukubi.
We were in a quandary about this week's Album of the Week. There were a multitude of solid choices and we were racked with indecision. We narrowed it down to six choices: the new albums by Beak>, Christine and the Queens, Frontperson, Richard Reed Parry, Suede, and Villagers.
Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry released a new solo album, Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1, today via ANTI-, his first for the label. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing below. Also below are his tour dates.
When Prince passed away in 2016 he left behind a huge vault filled with unreleased material and so we can probably expect new albums from him for years to come. The new album Piano & A Microphone 1983, which came out today on Warner Bros., is culled from a previously unheard home studio cassette recorded in 1983 at Prince's Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, MN and just features Prince singing and playing piano.
Christine and the Queens (aka Héloïse Letissier) released her sophomore album, Chris, today via Because Music. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing below. Also below are Christine and the Queens' upcoming tour dates.
Brett Anderson has a piercing gaze that is very disarming, even if the Suede frontman doesn't intentionally mean it to be, or maybe he does. It has been a quarter century since Anderson's delicate features and unforgettable music made their indelible mark on the public's consciousness.
Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John are releasing a new album, Darker Days, on October 19 via INGRID. When the new album was announced the band didn't share any music from it, but they have more than made up for that by sharing three new songs from the album today: "One For The Team," "Gut Feeling," and "Every Other Night."
Metric released a new album, Art of Doubt, today via MMI/Crystal Math Music. Now they have shared a video for "Now or Never Now," which we previously wrote was the album's strongest advance single. Lorraine Nicholson directed the video, which was filmed in Miami and features frontwoman Emily Haines in a sad nightclub while the rest of the band drive around town in a limo, trying to find her. You can also stream the full album here.
For Villagers' Conor O'Brien, "folk" is more than just a genre of music. Rather, the music he creates with his project, Villagers (who have now released their fifth studio LP, The Art of Pretending to Swim), has shifted to embody an atmosphere far beyond the folksy proclivities of the group's first full-length, 2010's Becoming a Jackal.
Beloved acting icon William Shatner (Captain Kirk, T.J. Hooker, and Denny Crane himself), has dabbled in music over the years, perhaps most successfully with Has Been, his 2004 album overseen by Ben Folds that included a cover of Pulp's "Common People" and some memorable and amusing originals. Now Shatner has taken the next illogical step (as Spock might say) in his musical career and recorded a Christmas album.
Arcade Fire have shared a video for "Peter Pan (Equiknoxx Remix)." The original version of the song appeared on the band's last album, Everything Now, which was released in July 2017 via Columbia. Watch it below.
Fleet Foxes have announced a new vinyl box set, First Collection 2006 - 2009, that collects their debut album, their early EPs, and some rarities. It's due out November 9 via Sub Pop (except in Europe, where it's out via Nonesuch).
Mumford & Sons have announced a new album, Delta, and shared a lyric video for its first single, "Guiding Light." Delta is due out November 16 via Gentlemen of the Road/Glassnote. Check out "Guiding Light" below. The album's tracklist and cover art have yet to be revealed.
Wolf Alice have won this year's Mercury Prize, for the best British album of the year, for 2017's Visions of a Life. The London-based quartet beat out the latest albums by King Krule, Arctic Monkeys, Everything Everything, Noel Gallagher, Florence + the Machine, Lily Allen, Nadine Shah, Everything Is Recorded, and more (the full list of nominees is below).
A new trailer for season 11 of Doctor Who has been shared. It follows a brief teaser trailer that was shared in July and fuller trailer from Comic-Con (also in July). This is the first season where British actress Jodie Whittaker takes over as the first ever female Doctor and the show returns to BBC America on Sunday, October 7.