New Music Friday: 13th Floor New Album Picks: August 11, 2023

New Music Friday rears its ugly head once more! A wealth of good stuff to choose from today. Here’s our top 5 picks for today’s new albums and EPs.

  1. Suzie QuatroSuzi Quatro & K.T. TunstallFace To Face (Sun) We didn’t see this one coming, but we’re glad its here! Suzi Quatro duets with K.T. Tunstall on 9 new songs. Says Suzi about K.T.: “We are indeed cut from the same cloth which is where our artistry met and flourished. A match made in heaven.” And K.T. about Suzi: “Working with Suzi has been such a beautiful flow state of friendship and creation. We work in her home, sitting on the floor, bare feet, and we talk WAY more than we write!! And then the songs just arrive so fast, like gifts from the Universe.”

2Ryan Bingham. Ryan BinghamWatch Out For The Wolf (Thirty Tigers) This 7-track EP is something special. Fans of TV series Yellowstone know him as Walker, we know Ryan as a Grammy and Oscar winning songwriter. It’s been four years since Ryan released new music. We think this one is worth the wait.

PiL3. Public Image LtdEnd Of The World (Cargo UK) John Lydon as you’ve never heard him before. The album is dedicated to John’s late wife, Nora Forster, who passed away on April 5th at the age of 80. Among its 13 tracks is “Hawaii,” which Lydon wrote as a “love letter” to Forster and later performed it in a bid to represent Ireland in Eurovision.

Bonnie Prince Billy4. Bonnie “Prince” BillyKeeping Secrets Will Destroy You (Drag City) An album made as it was meant to be heard, in a room. The sound of people together – a sound we’d so recently feared that we’d lost – playing, communing, strings and wood and keys and voices singing. This new album enables Bonnie to let it all out, to let go again, and suggest to us all that we get while the getting is good. Watch the video for “Bananas” (video by Ethan Osman) and spread the word, lest the secret destroy you!

5. Laura GrovesRadio Red (Bella Donna) The first full length album Laura Groves has released under her own name, was written, produced and recorded by Groves in her studio, watched over by two radio transmitting towers. “I became very drawn to them and they became like symbols to me; they were always awake, sending their messages, the red lights always came on at night and watched over whatever was going on in my life.”

And if that’s not enough, there are new albums out today by Jungle, The Hives, Tom Speight and Tash Sultana. Enjoy your New Music Friday!