Kevin Abstract New Music Friday

New Music Friday | Featuring ‘Blanket’ by Kevin Abstract

This week’s New Music Friday features music from Kevin Abstract, Sufjan Stevens, Mary In The Junkyard and more.

Kevin Abstract – Blanket

Kevin Abstract, one of the founding members of the now disbanded Brockhampton, has marked the official return to his solo career with the wild ‘Blanket’. Both wild and grunge-like, the new track sees a departure from what we’ve heard before and serves as a taste for the next chapter in Abstract’s output.

Drake – 8am In Charlotte

Drake’s released a new album. You might have heard. It’s called For All The Dogs, and it was prefaced earlier this week by a fairly sweet video of him speaking with his child Adonis before the kid’s seen dancing with his dad. 

Sufjan Stevens – Genuflecting Ghost

Sufjan Stevens also has an album of his own out today; the arresting and rather dazzling Javelin. It has a languid beauty to put you in the mood for the change of seasons, and a spindly, layered texture, as found in ‘Genuflecting Ghost’.

Holly Humberstone – Kissing In Swimming Pools

We’re getting ever closer to the release of Holly Humberstone’s debut album, Paint My Bedroom Black, which arrives in just a week’s time. Every single thus far has sounded more mature than the last, boding an album of considerable stall-setting from the flourishing singer-songwriter.

Ethan P. Flynn – No Shadow

Ethan P. Flynn’s debut album Abandon All Hope has finally arrived. The album is more-or-less five years in-the-making, having been the record the singer-songwriter signed to Young for back in 2018. It was worth the wait. Read our full interview with Ethan here.

Mary In The Junkyard – Tuesday

Looks like there’s a new must-hear, must-see act emerging from London’s heady scene. Mary In The Junkyard dropped their debut single ‘Tuesday’ this week via AMF Records (and yes, they did indeed release it on Tuesday). What’s more they’ve announced a new headline show at Corsica Studios on 24 March 2024 – catch ‘em while you can, before demand proves too tricky to get a space.

Chrissi – Burden

The exceptionally talented Essex star Chrissi has released her latest, four-track EP this week with No Love Unrequited showcasing the soulstress’ warm, near-impeccable vocals, addressing themes of love and heartache. It’s proper in-your-feels stuff.

Jeshi – Paid Partnership

I wrote on this very round-up series recently that Jeshi doesn’t bless us with tunes too often, so we should appreciate them when they do land. That was just two weeks ago, and now the London artist and MC has released his latest track ‘Paid Partnership’. Quantity, by his standards, has by no means diminished quality.

Roger Waters – Great Gig in the Sky

So they’re not exactly new, but Roger Waters has reimagined the magnum opus of the celebrated Pink Floyd band he co-founded. The Dark Side of the Moon Redux “should be inspected as something not quite fresh but not quite reheated, a version 0.75, if you will,” writes our review. “Stark comparisons to the original are misguided, as revising a masterpiece by one-quarter of a quartet will always be lonely and melancholic. It works very well.”

Gruff Rhys – Celestial Candyfloss

Super Furry Animals member Gruff Rhys continues to branch out as a talented solo artist, and has announced his new album Sadness Sets Me Free. The LP will arrive 26 January via Rough Trade Records and has been heralded by the rather brilliant ‘Celestial Candyfloss’ – which is as quirky and enlivening as it sounds. 

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