4 New Albums You Should Listen To Right Now: Claire Rossi, Tony Sheno, And More

With so much quality music released all the time, it can be hard to decide what to listen to first. Each week, Pitchfork provides a breakdown of the important new releases available on streaming services. This week’s lineup includes new albums from Claire Rousay, Tony Shhnow, Kill Rock Stars, and RXK Nephew. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s Newsletter Friday New Music Get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All versions featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)

claire russian: Sometimes I feel like I don’t have friends [self-released]

Texas demo Claire Rossi has already released a few low-key records this year, including April Softer focus He collaborated with real-life “BFF” Mary Morris, aka More Eaze, in afternoon moan. Her most recent project, a single-track project, was called Sometimes I feel like I don’t have friendsOnce again, Maurice appears, this time alongside third member, Emily Harper Scott of Pale Spring. The 28-minute song blends field recordings, chords, and drones with a monologue about the nature of friendship, dependence, and other episodic themes. Read more about Rossi in Pitchfork’s “Best Jazz and Experimental Music of 2021” summary.

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Tony what?: kill line 2 [self-released]

Tony Shhnow’s latest 2021 release is a sequel to kill line, the outstanding mixtape of the Atlanta rapper last year. The 16-minute project follows a series of recent mixtapes including original merchandise, which was Pitchfork writer Alphonse Pierre’s pick for “Best Underrated Albums of 2021”.

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V/A: Rock Kill Stars (Rock Stars) [Kill Rock Stars]

Independent brand Kill Rock Stars celebrated its 30th anniversary this year by drawing luminaries like Laura Veirs, Deerhoof, Shamir, Anaïs Mitchell and Xiu Xiu to cover classics and deep cuts from the label’s catalog. These songs have been compiled into this 62-track version, which will especially delight fans of Elliot Smith: no less than 10 of his songs have been covered, by artists from Ruth Radelet to Team Drish.

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RXK nephew: Hello 2, Calm Storm [self-released]

Another week, another logarithm blast from the unstoppable RXK nephew. Hello 2, Calm Storm Follow last week 4 . carrier, at the conclusion of another historic year in which the Rochester rapper has recorded dozens of records and at least 100 really good songs. Don’t rule out someone else falling before midnight.

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