It doesn’t take long for the listener to realize Natalie Mering is an artist in her prime while listening to her fourth record as Weyes Blood. While the already remarkable “Front Row Seat to Earth” had its number of high peaks coupled with a couple of less remarkable moments, “Titanic Rising” is a serious contender for album of the year, and definitely a career best for someone we once thought was just Enya for people who order matcha lattes at modern coffee establishments. (Sorry about that.)
For many, Car Seat Headrest was the “winner” of last week’s NOS Primavera Sound. The young singer-songwriter had just released his latest output, now on Matador, Teens of Denial, the album we’ve chosen to highlight this week on our playlist.
Happy release day to Andy Shauf, whose record The Party is our album of the week! Old favorites Super Furry Animals and Wolf Parade are also back with their first new songs in a while. Plus: new songs by Okkervil River, Karl Blau, Marissa Nadler, Brandy Clark, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Fruit Bats, White Denim, Speedy Ortiz, Mitski, Cullen Omori, Plaid, and Kaytranada.