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 Dry Cleaning, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Flock of Dimes, Ryley Walker, and Lil Tjay. 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.)
New Long Leg is the debut full-length from London band Dry Cleaning. The 10-track album follows the group’s 2019 EPs Sweet Princess and Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks. Dry Cleaning recorded the album during the pandemic. Each member demoed their individual parts on a four-track Tascam recorder. The device was disinfected with antibacterial wipes each time and then passed to the next band member through the window of a car. The record was produced by John Parish at Rockfield Studios in Wales. Read Pitchfork’s track review of “Strong Feelings.”
Godspeed You! Black Emperor wrote part of G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! on the road, completing the record during the pandemic. The follow-up to 2017’s Luciferian Towers was produced by Jace Lasek. The band has asked fans to buy the album from independent stores, many of which have been sent a promotional 10″ record.
Head of Roses is Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak’s second Flock of Dimes full-length, following 2016’s If You See Me, Say Yes. In February, Wasner shared lead single “Two,” which arrived with a music video directed by Lola B. Pierson and Cricket Arrison.
Course in Fable is Ryley Walker’s first solo album of original material since his 2018 LP Deafman Glance. The folk musician recorded the album with John McEntire of Tortoise and the Sea and Cake; McEntire also engineered, mixed, and played on the LP.
Bronx rapper and singer Lil Tjay is back with his second studio album Destined 2 Win. The 21-song follow-up to Tjay’s 2019 debut True 2 Myself features “Headshot,” “Calling My Phone,” and “Born 2 Be Great.” Last year, Tjay issued his State of Emergency mixtape. Revisit Pitchfork’s interview “Get to Know Hip-Hop Heartthrob Lil Tjay, Who Wants to Be the Next Usher.”