With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums, mixtapes, and EPs from Margo Price, Belle and Sebastian, 03 Greedo & Mike Free, BabyTron, Rozi Plain, One Step Closer, Oliver Coates, and Daniel Pioro. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)
In her usual righteous fashion, Margo Price tackles a bevy of issues on her fourth album—abortion rights, drug use, and women’s sexuality among them. For Strays, the Nashville singer-songwriter decamped to Jonathan Wilson’s Fivestar Studio in Topanga Canyon, California, enlisting guests including indie-pop group Lucius and, on “Radio,” Sharon Van Etten. Partly inspired by quitting drinking, the resulting album is another blast of defiant, rousing, psychedelic country rock’n’roll.
Belle and Sebastian teed up their new album with “I Don’t Know What You See in Me,” a throwback to infectious, slightly infuriating ’90s radio pop. The venerable Scots co-wrote the track with Pete “Wuh Oh” Ferguson, and, on a recent cycle ride, “I allowed myself to forget it was Belle and Sebastian, and pretend it was the latest hit on some random radio station,” said Stuart Murdoch in press materials. “All music is escape, and perhaps we managed to escape a little further than usual with this unexpected tune.” Recorded in the same sessions as last year’s A Bit of Previous, the album, writes superfan Jeff Rosenstock in the bio, “feels like friends in a room together communicating through music and enthusiastically encouraging each other to explore every possible path with fervor and love.”
Dropped ahead of his release from prison, Free 03 pairs 03 Greedo with Los Angeles producer Mike Free and guests including OhGeesy, BlueBucksClan, and the late Drakeo the Ruler. His first official full-length since 2020’s Load It Up Vol. 1., the project includes singles like “Drop Down” and “Pourin” released while Greedo was still behind bars.
BabyTron: Bin Reaper 3: New Testament [The Hip Hop Lab/Empire]
On the latest installment in BabyTron’s Bin Reaper series (following 2019’s Bin Reaper, 2021’s Bin Reaper 2, and last year’s Bin Reaper 3: Old Testament), the Michigan rapper collaborates with a variety of guests including Rico Nasty, Lil Yachty, and Babyface Ray. The project also includes contributions form his ShittyBoyz groupmates StanWill and TrDee, who are credited on a track called “Waffle House.”
Rozi Plain: Prize [Memphis Industries]
Prize is the fifth solo album from Rozi Plain—the Bristol songwriter, Alabaster dePlume collaborator, and former member of the folk group This Is the Kit. Ahead of the release, Plain released a single called “Help,” which features lush saxophone and synths, as well as lyrics that describe a general fear about the future. “A feeling can be a moving target and trying to track it down isn’t always possible,” she said in a statement. “Sometimes it’s slipped away without you even knowing. Beloved things change and it’s okay but can require a lot of deep digging.”
One Step Closer: Songs for the Willow EP [Run for Cover]
One Step Closer’s 2021 debut album, This Place You Know, was a soaring, anthemic breakthrough that split the difference between emo and hardcore. The Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, band followed the album with “Dark Blue” in November, a melodic track that appears on Songs for the Willow. The song, says frontperson Ryan Savitski, was inspired by the difficulties and excitement of life on tour. Touring “made me feel conflicted,” Savitski said. “Potentially lose the people you love at home, to do the thing you love just as much. The song represents those conflicting moments in time.”
Oliver Coates: Aftersun (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Lakeshore/Invada]
In the years since playing cello on Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool, Oliver Coates has established a formidable career as a solo artist. After teaming up with Mica Levi for 2016’s Remain Calm and joining the New York experimental label Rvng Intl. for 2018’s Shelley’s on Zenn-La, 2019’s Canticles of the Sky, and 2020’s Skins N Slime, the British musician was recruited to compose an original score for Aftersun, the gauzy 2022 film from Charlotte Wells in which Paul Mescal plays a father bonding with his daughter, Frankie Corio, in a holiday resort. The soundtrack album follows Coates’ scores for Significant Other and The Stranger.
Daniel Pioro: Saint Boy [Platoon]
Daniel Pioro is a violinist and composer whose new album, Saint Boy, features music for solo violin, chamber organ, and string quartet. In the past, Pioro has worked closely with Radiohead and the Smile’s Jonny Greenwood, joining him on the soundtracks for The Master and Phantom Thread and taking centerstage as the solo violinist at the 2019 BBC Proms premiere of Horror vaccui. Pioro also performed on both releases from Greenwood’s Octatonic Records.