If you haven’t had your weekly crying session yet, Christian Lee Hutson‘s debut record, Beginners, has got you covered. Even if the quarantine hasn’t gotten to you yet, prepare to get drenched in beautiful nostalgia (the good kind). But there’s more: new tracks by Zachary Cale, Skullcrusher, Leah Senior, Katy Kirby, Nicole Atkins, Courtney Marie Andrews, The Deer, Bright Eyes, Jaime Wyatt, Ray LaMontagne, Pax (feat. Kate Bollinger), Josephine Foster, Mary Lattimore, Orville Peck, Shirley Collins, Lawrence Rothman and Marissa Nadler, Wilder Maker and Gabriel Birnbaum, Hailu Mergia, Nubya Garcia, Natalia Lafourcade, Cut Worms, Logan Ledger, Night Shop, Waltzer, and Psychic Markers.
Mapache define themselves as “cosmic West Coast Pop Americana”, which is enough of a descriptor to deter me from writing anything else to try to explain what they sound like except for “They definitely know their Everly Brothers”. The Californian duo has just released their second album and we’re delighted to share it with you on our second (third?) week of quarantine. We didn’t even know it was Wednesday. New tracks by Bright Eyes, Waxahatchee, Car Seat Headrest, Modern Nature, Arbouretum, Hexvessel, Wax Machine, Empty Country, Squid, Dogleg, Tropical Fuck Storm, LEYA, Kenny Berg ft. Chico da Tina, J Balvin, Lil Yachty, Baxter Dury, Margaret Glaspy, Kelsea Ballerini, Jennah Barry, Blake Mills, Natalia Lafourcade Oficial & Los Cojolites, Dave Simonett, Carl Anderson, and Lucinda Williams.
Our first playlist of the year looks back into December, picking some of the best singles released last month and focusing on Duster’s self-titled record, their first album in 19 years. The lo-fi indie rock trio’s first two albums were largely forgotten by the general public after they were released in the twilight of last century, but an online cult following surged in the last few years. This has culminated on the release of a Numero Group issued boxset earlier in 2019, and a new studio album followed later in the year.
Plus: new singles and songs from forthcoming albums by Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Son Little, Caroline Rose, Los Coast, Whiskey Wolves of the West, The Yearlings, Jonathan Wilson, Spider Bags, Jung Shackleton & Buck Meek, LEYA, Pop. 1280, BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE/ official, Bill Fay, John Moreland, Terry Allen Art/Music, Holly Macve, Nadia Reid, Squirrel flower, Shannon Lay, Soccer Mommy, Marem Ladson, Branko / Ana Moura / Conan Osiris, and Natalia Lafourcade Oficial.