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This Week In Music: October 5, 2022

The Playlist

Sorrowful Soil

Bjork - Fossora

Artist: Björk

Fossora, the album, is a tribute to fungi. Of course, this is Björk and nothing’s ever that simple.

Sorrowful Soil is about more than the occasional mushroom; it’s an emotional tribute to the landscape of her own body too and a eulogy for Hildur.

The choral accompaniment is everything we expect from the Icelandic genius. Björk is back and she’s still brilliant.

Listen to it here.

Somewhere To Fly

Kid Cudi - Entergalactic

Artist: Kid Cudi

Entergalactic is the album of the Netflix TV series and if you were expecting it to be disjointed for it, think again.

It’s a completely coherent piece and Somewhere to Fly is an absolute result. It’s a love song for our times and while it may be the soppiest thing the Kid’s ever released, it just works.

You’ll have it on constant repeat all week long.

Listen to it here.

Pain and Strife (feat. Offset)

Freddie Gibbs - $oul $old $eparately

Artist: Freddie Gibbs

$oul $old $eparately, Gibbs’ new album, doesn’t always work but when it does, it’s an exceedingly strong hip hop piece.

Pain and Strife is one of the songs that work.

It’s very well produced, Offset brings his own unique touch to the proceedings and there’s that undeniable Gibbs presence throughout.

Listen to it here.

Bonfire At Tina’s

Ashley McBryde Presents Lindeville

Artist: Ashley McBryde

There are few things that we love more than a concept album and Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville is exactly that and it’s clearly a project that she wanted to do (there’s a new “proper” album already in the pipeline).

Bonfire at Tina’s will tell you whether or not you want to go deeper into this concept, and we recommend you do, it’s country at its finest.

Listen to it here.

Stygian Pools

The Bad Plus - Stygian Pools

Artist: The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus’s self-titled effort sees them firm up their identity as a four-piece and distancing themselves from the days they were a trio.

As you’d expect Stygian Pools (and, indeed, all other tracks) see the band, once again, pushing at the boundaries of what jazz is and giving it that drive that is so recognizably theirs.

Listen to it here.

Angel Band

Tyler Childers - Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven.

Artist: Tyler Childers

Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven? Is an odd album, in that most of the songs aren’t new, there are two versions of every song and that leaves very little that you haven’t already heard.

Angel Band is an excellent choice of single and very representative of the strength of the material present on the record. It’s definitely worth a spin, two if you like it.

Listen to it here.

My Heart’s Been Waiting for You

Craig David - My Heart's Been Waiting for You

Artist: Craig David 

We confess we thought Craig David had moved on from the spotlight and were quite surprised by the arrival of 22, his new album.

It’s a pleasant comeback with just enough modernity to its 00s R&B sound to feel fresh and My Heart’s Been Waiting for You is a typically Craig David number that will have his fans baying for more.

Listen to it here.

Mary of the Willows

Alison Sudol - Still Come The Night

Artist: Alison Sudol

Still Come The Night is an album from an artist whose confidence is reaching a peak and this eclectic indie-folk rock collection is just what you need for a chill out session.

Mary of the Willows shows the clarity and range of Alison’s voice and it’s captivating and bright. There’s a version of the album with a bonus track and it’s worth finding if you can.

Listen to it here.

Coochie (a bedtime story)

Shygirl - Nymph

Artist: Shygirl

Blaine Muise “Shygirl” is back and her new offering is Nymph. As you’d expect she’s breaking all the rules of pop and having fun while she does.

Coochie (a bedtime story) is a playful tongue-in-cheek number that absolutely grabs your attention. “It be calling to me / right next to the juicy booty / oh so juicy” is a spot of sauce that makes it all the sweeter.

Listen to it here.

Come Around (Sunny Day)

Pixey - Dreams, Pains & Paper Planes

Artist: Pixey

Liverpool’s finest bring us their new “Mini-LP” Dreams, Pains & Paper Planes and it features 8 tracks of cleverness.

We liked the poppy veneer of Come Around (Sunny Day) with its dark lyrical undertones but we couldn’t find anything we disliked on this record, it’s a solid indie pop release that left us wanting more.

Listen to it here.

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