New Music Friday: 13th Floor New Album Picks: April 26, 2024

New Music Friday is here again and we’ve got five new releases we think you should hear, including a few of our favourite artists!

Fans of Iron & Wine, St. Vincent and Pet Shop Boys, rejoice!

The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda picks these five new releases for your consideration:

  1. St VincentSt. Vincent: All Born Screaming (Virgin) This is Annie Clark’s seventh album and her first that is self-produced. Guests include Josh Freese, Dave Grohl, Mark Guiliana and Cate Le Bon “There are some places, emotionally, that you can only get to by taking the long walk into the woods alone—to find out what your heart is really saying,” Annie Clark says of the album. “It sounds real because it is real.”

2Charley Crockett. Charley Crockett$10 Cowboy (Son Of Davy/Thirty Tigers)   39-year-old Crockett has released nine records between 2018 and 2022 and he’s not slowing down now. “This material is written at truck stops, it’s written at casinos, it’s written in the alleys behind the venues, it’s written in my truck parked up on South Congress in Austin,” says Crockett. “A ramblin’ man like me, a genuine transient, is in a pretty damn good position to have something to say about America.”

3.Iron & Wine Iron & WineLight Verse (Sup Pop) Sam Beam produces his first proper Iron & Wine album since 2017. The album is described as his most playful, with its title reflecting how the songs were born with joy after the heaviness and anxiety of the pandemic. And Fiona Apple makes a guest appearance, so what more could you ask for?

4. The Feel Good ServiceThe Feel Good ServiceDirtyfunknsoul (Self) A 9-song EP from this Kiwi couple who are Lucy Graves and Andre “MoDre” Brown.  The West Auckland- based duo met in Boston and have been making music together ever since. Click here to check out an interview and live performance of their single, Feel For You

5.Pet Shop Boys Pet Shop BoysNonetheless (x2/Parophone) “We wanted this album to be a celebration of the unique and diverse emotions that make us human,” Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe said in a press statement. “From the more dance-orientated tracks to the raw poignancy of the introspective ballads, with their beautiful string arrangements, each track tells a story and contributes to the overall narrative of the album.”