#NewMusicFriday January 28th: What’s New In Music This Week-10 Sensational Projects You Need To Hear!

Check Out This Week’s Best Sounding New Music Releases!

Every #NewMusicFriday, we pick a bunch of the best-sounding new albums so you can get your audiophile music fix!… As usual, it’s a very eclectic mix (Albums are arranged with more traditional audiophile genres like Jazz and Blues at the top, and the non-traditional audiophile stuff towards the bottom). Check out the TIDAL streams below!

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1. Bob James-“Feel Like Making LIVE”

“Feel Like Making LIVE! Includes James’s most well-known hits like Angela, Maputo, Westchester Lady, and Nautilus as well as an instrumental cover of Elton John’s Rocket Man.

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2. Immanuel Wilkins-“The 7th Hand”

“Alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins follows up his acclaimed debut, Omega, with another striking album featuring his remarkable quartet with pianist Micah Thomas, bassist Daryl Johns, and drummer Kweku Sumbry, plus appearances by flutist Elena Pinderhughes and the Farafina Kan Percussion Ensemble. It consists of an hour-long suite comprised of 7 movements that strive to bring them closer to complete vesselhood by the end, where the music would be entirely improvised and channeled collectively.”

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3. Tyler Mitchell-“Dancing Shadows”

“Tyler Mitchell was a member of the Sun Ra Arkestra with Marshall in 1985 with Sun Ra, then much later when Marshall became musical director. On this recording, Tyler has the opportunity to perform Marshall Allen’s and Sun Ra’s compositions with a small ensemble. They used different ideas and concepts from two of Tyler’s former band leaders: Arthur Taylor and the Sun Ra Arkestra.”

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4. North Mississippi Allstars-“Set Sail”

“Set Sail, the North Mississippi Allstars’ thirteenth album, follows 2019″s Up and Rolling, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2021. Set Sail continues the band’s tradition of creating roots music that displays remarkable variety. With their latest record, NMA are able to build upon their self-described sound of Primitive Modernism. A melding of the new and the old, traditional and futuristic, crafted lyrics and improvisational music.”

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5. Josephine Foster-“Godmother”

“A beautifully observed baroque masterpiece, part dream pop, part futuristic psych-folk with ambient synths and Josephine Foster’s plaintive guitar. Godmother is a slowly unfolding song cycle that marries a myriad of previous musical escapades with electronic experiments. Exploring new horizons on this record, it sees Foster at her most expressive and hypnotic.”

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6. Anaïs Mitchell-“Anaïs Mitchell”

“This is Anaïs’ first collection of new material released under her own name in a decade. Produced by Josh Kaufman, the album features core players including Kaufman, Michael Lewis, JT Bates, Thomas Bartlett and Aaron Dessner, with string and flute arrangements provided by Nico Muhly.”

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7. Jethro Tull-“The Zealot Gene”

“This is the first album from Jethro Tull in 22 years. Evoking biblical writings in a wholly different way from the now 51-year-old Aqualung, The Zealot Gene – in the making since 2017 – is a darker album for darker times. Ian Anderson elaborates, “While I have a spot of genuine fondness for the pomp and fairytale story-telling of the Holy Book, I still feel the need to question and draw sometimes unholy parallels from the text. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly rear their heads throughout, but are punctuated with elements of love, respect, and tenderness.” Music born of emotional necessity put together by a band with nothing to prove, The Zealot Gene is a worthy addition to a peerless catalog.

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8. St. Paul & The Broken Bones -“The Alien Coast”

“The Gods We Can Touch is an elegant and celestial but provocative album about shame, desire, and morality, all seen through the narrative prism of Greek mythology. In each of the album’s fifteen songs, we meet a different god. Featuring lead single “Cure For Me,” the album is ultimately “a celebration of being human, and what makes us human.”

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9. Maverick Sabre-“Don’t Forget To Look Up”

“At his emotive best, London’s soul man reflects on life, love, and strange times.”

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10. Amber Mark-“Three Dimensions Deep”

“Creative multi-hyphenate Amber Mark releases her ethereal debut album, Three Dimensions Deep, featuring critically-acclaimed singles “Foreign Things,” “Worth It,” and more.”

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