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 and projects from Lady Gaga, Medhane, Deerhoof, Christian Lee Hutson, Hook, and Jaime Wyatt. 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.)
Lady Gaga is following the success of 2018’s A Star Is Born reboot with Chromatica. The singer pushed the album’s release back from April 10 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She told Zane Lowe that the album’s concept was one of inclusivity. She recruited Ariana Grande for a duet on “Rain on Me” and K-pop group BLACKPINK for “Sour Candy.” Elton John joins her on “Sine From Above.” Chromatica was led by “Stupid Love.”
Cold Water is Brooklyn rapper Medhane’s third release in less than a year, following November 2019’s Own Pace and February 2020’s Full Circle. In his Best New Music review of the new project, Sheldon Pearce writes, “Cold Water feels like putting long-held plans into motion.” Check out the Best New Track review of Cold Water’s lead single “I’m Deadass.”
Deerhoof celebrated their 25th anniversary last year, which they marked with several reissues. Now, the band has a new album, Future Teenage Cave Artists, which includes 10 original songs and an interpretation of a Johann Sebastian Bach chorale. Check out Deerhoof’s fan-filled video for “The Loved One.”
Christian Lee Hutson: Beginners [ANTI-]
Phoebe Bridgers produced Christian Lee Hutson’s Beginners, which is also the Los Angeles–based singer-songwriter’s first LP for ANTI- Records. Previously, Hutson co-wrote boygenius’ “Ketchum, ID,” along with two songs on Better Oblivion Community Center. Watch Hutson’s music videos for “Lose This Number,” “Talk,” and “Get the Old Band Back Together.”
Hook: I Love You 2, Hook [self-released]
Riverside, California rapper Hook released her debut album BULLY less than a year ago. Now, she’s shared I Love You 2, Hook—her second new release of 2020, following January’s Crashed My Car. The new release has production from Tony Seltezer, frequent collaborator Nedarb, and more. Read about I Love You 2, Hook’s “gNaT” on Levels.
Jaime Wyatt: Neon Cross [New West]
Los Angeles–based country artist Jaime Wyatt released her debut EP Felony Blues in 2017 following a run-in with the law. Her new LP Neon Cross deals with “a lot of turmoil and drama,” as Wyatt said in press materials. “But this record is a lot about rebirth, too,” Wyatt added. The 11-track album is produced by country legend Shooter Jennings and features appearances from Jessi Colter, the late Neal Casal, and Jennings himself.