New Music Friday: 13th Floor New Album Picks: May 12, 2023

New Music Friday is here again! We’ve got a couple of new Kiwi albums on tap along with a few other goodies. Here are five new albums we think should check out.

The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda has chosen these 5 new albums for your consideration released today:

  1. Jonathan BreeJonathan BreePre-Code Hollywood (Lil Chief) Jonathan Bree’s fifth studio album Pre-Code Hollywood is described as a “dark disco” album full of “sad bangers”. Bree sent an email to Nile Rodgers. Whether through good fortune, fate or sheer luck – this resulted in the two collaborating on title track Pre-Code Hollywood and superb single Miss You with Nile Rodgers producing and performing guitar.

No Broadcast2. No BroadcastThe Common Thread The 4th full length album from No Broadcast is here. Recorded at home, No Broadcast have brought us nine tracks with themes of past lives, new realities, dreams and the people who aren’t with us anymore. Featuring Josh Braden on vocals, guitar and keys with a lineup of Otautahi’s favourites including Ryan Fisherman, Tom Harris and Thomas Isbister.

3. Alison GoldfrappAlison GoldfrappThe Love Invention (Skint) A solo debut for Alison. THE LOVE INVENTION album was executively produced and co-written by Alison and marks her reawakening as a dancefloor priestess, in an intoxicating showcase of the disco and house influences that have always been at the heart of her musical DNA.

4. Lauren DaigleLauren DaigleLauren Daigel (Atlantic) “This is my most precious project,” claims the 2-time Grammy winner, “It’s got fun moments, solemn moments, extrovert moments and introvert moments. And I’m just thrilled about taking my songwriting further on this record than anything I’ve done previously.” Click here to watch the 13th Floor interview with Lauren Daigel.

5. Bruce CockburnBruce CockburnO Sun O Moon (True North) The first vocal album since 2017’s Bone on Bone from this Canadian veteran singer/songwriter. It’s also only the third album Cockburn has released since writing his memoirs (2013’s widely acclaimed Rumours of Glory), after which he felt creatively spent. He doesn’t feel that way now. Cockburn largely focuses on spiritual connections, forgiveness, and love — in ways that perhaps only a performer of his experience can do. Except that Cockburn has always done that, from his 1970 debut onwards.