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#290: LUMP, “Animal”

Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay’s second album as LUMP is our recommendation of the week. It can be easy to dismiss these songs as scraps from whatever doesn’t find their way into Marling’s “main” albums. But those ideas, coupled with Lindsay’s marvellous synth work, come to have a life of their own here, and “Animal” has some of the best tracks we’ve heard from both musicians in a while.

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#244: Mary Chapin Carpenter, “The Dirt and the Stars”

Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist, updated every Wednesday. 

It’s been a while since Mary Chapin Carpenter was topping charts and earning Grammies while on a major label, but her songs – the rootsy, the country, and the folky ones – have never sounded wiser and personal than they do now. Plus: new tracks by the one and only Chico da TinaMelt Yourself DownMoor X JewelryIdris Ackamoor & The PyramidsThe Budos BandJaga JazzistKamaal WilliamsLianne La HavasKate BollingerYellow DaysTim HeideckerHelvetia, Dehd, Daniel Blumberg, Jason Ogden (of Penny Blacks), Jason Molina MusicSarah DavachiShirley CollinsGarcia Peoplesthe Mountain GoatsJenny O.WIDOWSPEAKDawes, and Shabason, Krgovich & Harris.

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#234: Christian Lee Hutson, “Beginners”

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 CaleSkullcrusherLeah SeniorKaty KirbyNicole AtkinsCourtney Marie AndrewsThe DeerBright EyesJaime WyattRay LaMontagne, Pax (feat. Kate Bollinger), Josephine FosterMary LattimoreOrville PeckShirley CollinsLawrence Rothman and Marissa NadlerWilder Maker and Gabriel BirnbaumHailu MergiaNubya GarciaNatalia LafourcadeCut WormsLogan LedgerNight ShopWaltzer, and Psychic Markers.