Welcome to November! It’s the second to last month of 2021 (and the last month we consider new releases for our Best of 2021 lists), so let’s see what’s helping to close out the year.
The first new album we’re stoked for is the latest from soul artist Curtis Harding. Blending classic soul, rock and R&B, Harding has always been an inspiring artist to listen to, so we’re excited what he’s doing for this latest chapter. Another artist that carries a whole lotta soul in his voice is Nathaniel Rateliff, who is back with his band the Night Sweats for a new collection of Americana stompers. Recent Comeback Alert stars The Verve Pipe have dropped their latest album, and finally, Aimee Mann, one of the finest songwriters of her generation, has her latest album out.
Some big artist, both new and old, are dropping hot new tracks this year. Recent alternative wunderkind Tai Verdes, on the heels of earning his second gold single, is dropping a new song to keep his momentum going. Pop punk legends Green Day have a new track out as part of a upcoming film soundtrack, and their musical offspring Simple Plan have their first new track out in quite a bit of time. Speaking of soundtrack songs, U2 have a new one as part of the SING 2 soundtrack. Scottish indie rocker titans Franz Ferdinand are dropping a new song as part of an upcoming Greatest Hits album, and Jenny Lewis is back with a new track for us.
Valley Palace has made its second appearance on our list, as has Sophie Powers, Manuel the Band and Superlove. Rounding things out are new ones from alt-J, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Silk Sonic and Senses Fail. The artists making their first appearance on our playlist this week are Tightwire, Tempoh Slow, Sticky Fingers, The Maguas, Rebel Kicks, The Forms and Darling Congress.
As always, listen to all of these and more by following our New Music Friday Playlist!