4 new albums to listen to now: Claire Rousay, Tony Shhnow and more

With so much great music coming out all the time, it can be difficult to determine what to listen to first. Each week, Pitchfork offers a preview of important new releases available on streaming services. This week’s bundle includes new albums from Claire Rousay, Tony Shhnow, Kill Rock Stars and RXK Nephew. Subscribe to Pitchfork Music Friday Newsletter to get our recommendations delivered to your inbox every week. (All versions shown here are independently selected by our editors. However, when you purchase something through our affiliate links, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)

Claire Rousay: Sometimes I feel like I don’t have friends [self-released]

Texan experimenter Claire Rousay has already released a handful of discreet records this year, including April’s. Smoother focus and a collaboration with the real “bff” Mari Maurice, alias More Eaze, in An afternoon moan. His latest, a single track project called Sometimes I feel like I don’t have friends, presents Maurice again, this time alongside a third member, Pale Spring’s Emily Harper Scott. The 28-minute song mixes field recordings, strings, and drones with a monologue about the nature of friendship, codependency, and other tangential topics. Learn more about Rousay in Pitchfork’s recap of “The Best Jazz and Experimental Music of 2021”.

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Tony shhnow: Murder Series 2 [self-released]

Tony Shhnow’s latest release in 2021 is a sequel to Series of murders, the Atlanta rapper’s mixtape from last year. The 16-minute project follows a series of recent mixtapes, including Genuine products, which was the choice of Pitchfork writer Alphonse Pierre for “The Best Underrated Albums of 2021”.

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VIRGINIA: Stars Rock Kill (Rock Stars) [Kill Rock Stars]

Venerable independent label Kill Rock Stars celebrated their 30th anniversary this year by bringing together luminaries such as Laura Veirs, Deerhoof, Shamir, Anaïs Mitchell and Xiu Xiu to cover the classics and deep cuts from the label’s catalog. These are compiled on this opus of 62 titles, which will particularly delight fans of Elliott Smith: no less than 10 of his songs are covered, by artists ranging from Ruth Radelet to Team Dresch.

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RXK Nephew: Welcome 2 the silent storm [self-released]

Another week, another puff of logorrhea from the unstoppable nephew RXK. Welcome 2 the silent storm follows last week’s one Carrier 4, wrapping up another pivotal year in which the Rochester rapper released dozens of records and at least 100 really good songs. Do not rule out that another falls before midnight.

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