Staff Picks: Best New Music

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Alcest
Kodama


Kodama delivers on all accounts, existing as one of Alcest's most emotionally powerful albums to date.
Jenny Hval
Blood Bitch


A thing of beauty
Solange
A Seat At The Table


Always lovely, sometimes frustrating, and emanating a hazy, warm atmosphere throughout
Warpaint
Heads Up


Here I go, deep tight flow.
Taking Back Sunday
Tidal Wave


There’s always a way back from your regrets.
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Skeleton Tree


A sure contender for the best of 2016 but also one of the most telling portrayals of grief that has ever been recorded
Okkervil River
Away


I don't know why it's taken me so long to breathe something new into my life
Angel Olsen
My Woman


The many faces of Angel Olsen
Frank Ocean
Blonde


The second, and infinitely better version.
Thank You Scientist
Stranger Heads Prevail


It doesn’t get much better than this.
Coldworld
Autumn


A worthy successor to Melancholie² in just about every way
The Avalanches
Wildflower


Every moment we're together makes me hope it lasts forever
Fates Warning
Theories of Flight


Blending the best parts of Parallels and Darkness in a Different Light, Theories of Flight sets a new standard for the modern Fates Warning sound.
Blood Orange
Freetown Sound


Teach yourself about your brother, 'Cause there's no one else but you.
Be'lakor
Vessels


What melodic death metal strives to be
Case/Lang/Veirs
Case/Lang/Veirs


Just trying to put a hand to where we are.
The Hotelier
Goodness


I don't know what I want, what I want's where I've been.
Thrice
To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere


There's nowhere I would rather be than here.
Big Thief
Masterpiece


You whisper to a restless ear, can you get me out of here?
Ariana Grande
Dangerous Woman


you're a princess to the public but a freak when it's time
Marissa Nadler
Strangers


apocalypse now
Tiny Moving Parts
Celebrate


This couch is not as long as I remember
Gorguts
Pleiades' Dust


Is Pleiades' Dust just 33-minutes of Colored Sands condensed into one song? Yeah, it basically is. Is that in its own right a wonderful thing? Absolutely.
Chance the Rapper
Coloring Book


Still coloring outside the lines.
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