The best releases out on Jan. 13 : All Songs Considered : NPR

Margo Price strays It tops our shortlist for the best new album out on January 13th.

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Forget your assumptions about the music of Nashville singer Margo Price. her latest album strays, a strong genre-spanning work rooted in Americana, but also spanning glittering pop, skelthing rock and psychedelia, including collaborations with Sharon Van Etten, Lucius and others. We talk about the amazing inspiration behind the album and how she “has nothing to prove,” as Price sings in her opening cut, “Been to the Mountain.”

You’ll also get the best new album in years from Scottish pop and rock veterans Belle & Sebastian. This is his homage to the ’80s, built on pulsating synths and intricate polyrhythms by the likes of producer Seven Davis Jr. and jazz his trumpeter Derrick Gardner. Contributors her Cyrena Touros are WXPN’s John Morrison, NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson, pop culture happy hour We host Robin Hilton sharing her picks for the best new albums out January 13th.

Featured Albums:

1. Margo Price — strays
Featured Songs: “Light Me Up”, “Time Machine”, “Radio”, “Anytime You Call”

2. Seven Davis Jr. — saved by bell
Representative songs: “zero press” “wendy & Lisa” “saved by the bell”

3. Pool Blood — Mole
Tracklist: “my little room”, “wfy”, “beam”

4. Belle and Sebastian — late developer
Featured Tracks: “So In the Moment”, “When You’re Not With Me”, “Late Developers”

5. Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets — pan africa
Tracklist: “Six Village”, “Jambakan”, “High Life Suite”

Lightning Round:

  • Jamie Cornelia — art school dropout
  • Josef — permanent damage
  • Roussillon — well thought wrong
  • obituary — all death
  • Hakuba – I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying

Other notable releases on January 13th:

  • Babytron — Bin Reaper 3: The New Testament
  • Declaim & Madlib — Volume of the beginning. 3
  • Guz Coombs — turn the car
  • Julia Wolfe — good thing we stayed
  • Lincoln — everything is wrong
  • Skyzoo — Skyzoo’s Soliloquy, From Franklin Saint’s Perspective
  • old style – Golden Renaissance: William Byrd
  • wild – other words fail me

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