5 albums you have to hear this week

In the age of streaming, it’s never been easier to take heed to new music — however with over 60,000 new songs added to Spotify every day, it’s also by no means been tougher to know what to put on. Every week, the team at Rolling Stone UK will run down a variety of the best new releases which were added to streaming services.

This week, we’ve highlighted information by Sports Team, Maya Hawke, and Alex G.

Alex G, God Save the Animals

Alex G, God Save the Animals

The American singer-songwriter and producer’s new album is a collaborative affair. Written and recorded alongside his four bandmates, Alex G also enlisted the assistance of various engineers at a quantity of studios to have “a routine that was outside of [his] condo,” as he shared in a press release. The result is an elevated end that plays with a quantity of sonic preparations, but doesn’t lose the genuine, hand-finished touches of eccentric tracks like ‘Blessing’ or the delicate ‘Miracles’.

Listen on: Spotify | Apple Music | Bandcamp | TIDAL | Amazon Music

Editors, EBM

Editors, EBM

The stakes are excessive on the Birmingham-based rock band’s seventh album, additionally marking the first record with new addition Benjamin John Power (aka digital producer Blanck Mass). Their most propulsive, urgent LP but, Power previously described the album as having a “strong physicality” to it. Crafted with the intention of “connecting with folks and filling a very physical space”, lush chords and taut beats channel “hedonistic escapism” on ‘Karma Climb’, while ‘Heart Attack’ is a honest indie ballad.

Listen on: Spotify | Apple Music | TIDAL | Amazon Music

Maya Hawke, Moss

Maya Hawke, Moss

When she’s not battling Vecna in Stranger Things or showing in a string of recent function movies, Maya Hawke still finds time to tap into the musical side of her artistry. Returning with her second studio album, the singer charms together with her signature husky tones on the dainty ‘Luna Moth’ and sugary ‘Sweet Tooth’, but she additionally pushes for larger, bolder heights on ‘Thérése’ — arriving this summer season with a a lot talked about, NSFW music video — a daring statement about sexuality and feminine empowerment.

Listen on: Spotify | Apple Music | Bandcamp | TIDAL | Amazon Music

Sofie Royer, Harlequin

Sofie Royer, Harlequin

On her second album, Boiler Room and NTS stalwart Sofie Royer expertly balances her abilities as a multi-hyphenate artist towards considerate, contemplative songwriting. Blending a love of baroque lyricism towards darker thematic materials, it sees her adopting the function of the titular clown. “When I was alone so much, I began portray my face like a clown, impressed by Pierrot. Then, after I FaceTimed my pals, they might laugh; and we’d have a really good time. So, I determined to take that to the stage,” she previously defined. “When I did my first stay live performance, I dressed myself and my band as clowns. It felt like a protecting armour from my regular self. I didn’t feel as susceptible onstage.”

Listen on: Spotify | Apple Music | Bandcamp | TIDAL | Amazon Music

Sports Team, Gulp!

Sports Team, Gulp!

The London-based sextet are back with their second album, delivering new portraits of recent Britain and tongue-in-cheek observations on society. ‘R Entertainment’ explores “the packaging down of all human experience into entertainment”, while the ‘The Game’ is a “mantra for a ‘nation of landlords”.

Listen on: Spotify | Apple Music | Bandcamp | TIDAL | Amazon Music

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