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#274: Dry Cleaning, “New Long Leg”

After two very promising EPs back in 2019, Dry Cleaning have finally launched their first long play, ‘New Long Leg’. Here, Florence Shaw’s sharp, deadpan spoken word vocals contrast with the chaotic instrumentation of the English post-punkish art-rockers in one of the most intriguing (and well accomplished) rock and roll albums of 2021.

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#239: Willie Nelson, “First Rose of Spring”

We’re not writing anything about our album of the week, not because we’re lazy, but because we’re talking about the new Willie Nelson record and if you need an introduction to him you need to be pulled from that cave first. Plus: new tracks by Sufjan StevensEd Askew BandJames ElkingtonThe Dead TonguesCut WormsCool SoundsTommy AlexanderGrady StrangeTrummors, Nathan Ma, Jason Molina MusicSend MedicineThis Is The KitPorridge RadioMadeline KenneySAMIARon GalloDelta SpiritFontaines D.C.Les Big ByrdBananagunMulatu Astatke (Official Artist Page) & Black Jesus Experience (BJX)Ezra Feinberg, and Jeremy Cunningham & Dustin Laurenzi.

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#232: Jess Williamson, “Sorceress”

Other than a vague idea of how her debut album sounded like, we knew almost nothing about Jess Williamson the moment we walked into the dark backroom of a Nijmegen venue to listen to her songs. Or at least try to, as the audience seemed to be more interested in catching up with their buddies before Kevin Morby took the stage. That being said, our most vivid image of that night is staring at the stage as Williamson played the broodingly gorgeous “Heart Song” off her forthcoming album. We had to go up and tell her we could get her to play a few shows back in Portugal. That never happened, but 100% of her future albums ended up being featured here. Of course they were. “Sorcerer” is the latest instalment in a perfect streak of stellar records. It’s out now.

Plus: new tracks by Josiah JohnsonTommy Alexander, Sumbuck, The JayhawksRose City Band, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Chris Maier, OwenSilverbacks, Crack Cloud, Hanni El KhatibKhruangbinSINEAD O’BRIENKATE NVJim White and Marisa Anderson musicneubauten.orgI Break HorsesPhoebe BridgersNicole AtkinsPerfume GeniusLA PRIESTCharli XCXHappyness, and Lily Hayes.

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#227: Laura Marling, “Song for Our Daughter”

Laura Marling’s spring tour got cancelled and suddenly there was a seemingly unfillable void inside of us. Fortunately, the British songwriter has decided to release her new album earlier than it was supposed to, and we couldn’t be more grateful for that. Besides two songs off “Song for Our Daughter”, we have 26 brand new tracks from Jackie LynnOHMMEneubauten.org, Scottibrains, HoopsPhoebe BridgersTristenWoodsAlex NicolAZITAJames ElkingtonBuck CurranThe Orbiting Human Circus & The Music TapesBia MariaAnna BurchJenny O.Camille DeleanBecca MancariKellen of TroyJohn AndersonSteve EarlePokey LaFargeCaleb CaudleTommy AlexanderJaime Wyatt, and Eilen Jewell.