Banks - Goddess
Jillian Banks has survived a torrent of pre-debut album publicity with hardly a scratch. Since 2013, the 26-year-old self-taught musician and producer has riled the music community with her expressive confessional lyrics and emotionally electrifying production while keeping herself an arm’s length away from self-promotion. In that time, she’s paired with the beat-making community’s biggest rising names, releasing smoke-filled single after single and un-ostentatiously forging a reputation as the female version of The Weeknd. Her new album Goddess brims over with emotional urgency, dropping slicing truths about her relationships with irrefutable deftness and swagger. Make no mistake, this is an album that anyone needs to give a listen to.
Karen O - Crush Songs
Earlier this year, Karen O announced she would be releasing a compilation of songs centered around the act of having a crush. The result is a dusky set of songs ruminating in the haze of pre-love, with sighing, mixed feelings of hope and self-checking weaving throughout the album’s central theme. Removed from the whirring energy of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, O’s solo debut emanates her classic spunk with a soft, wistful twist. You can stream it here and buy it here.
Duologue - Never Get Lost