Best Albums Of New Music Friday: July 21, 2023

Looking for fresh tunes? Check out this roundup of the top albums released on July 21, 2023!

Get ready to groove to the hottest beats as we bring you the best albums of New Music Friday: July 21, 2023. This week’s release lineup is a sonic smorgasbord with a diverse range of genres and styles that will satisfy even the most discerning music aficionados. From electrifying pop anthems to soul-stirring ballads and everything in between, these albums are sure to have you hitting repeat all weekend long.

So, whether you’re looking for a new summer anthem to blast by the pool or a heartfelt melody to soothe your soul, we’ve got you covered. Join us as we take a deep dive into the latest musical offerings from the industry’s brightest stars and emerging talents. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to discover your next favorite artist or album. Get your headphones ready, turn up the volume, and let the music transport you to new heights.

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New Music Friday July 21-Album Of The Week: The Arcadian Wild – “Welcome”

From the promo material:

Working with engineer Logan Matheny (Colony House, Hiss Golden Messenger) and mixer Shani Gandhi (Sarah Jarosz, Sierra Hull), the band approached the recording sessions for Welcome as live as possible, embracing the organic feel of their concerts with the help of double bassist Erik Coveney (Sierra Hull, Dave Barnes), who joined them on the studio floor.

“We could have all gone in one at a time and tracked each instrument separately and made it all technically ‘perfect,’” says Horn, “but I don’t think that’s why people listen to us. They want to hear the human element, the sound of people making music in a room together, the energy you can only get from artists collaborating and feeding off of each other in real-time.”

That collaborative energy is the heart and soul of Welcome, which builds from a pensive meditation into an ecstatic fireworks display on the buoyant opener “Lara.” Inspired by a friend who reached out seeking encouragement for their daughter, the track is a soaring testament to believing in yourself and embracing the things that make you unique, even when others may try to tear you down. “Lara, don’t you let ‘em get your head down,” Horn and Mick sing in airtight harmony. “You’re carrying the fire, don’t forget now.” Such resilience and faith—both in yourself and in the people you love—is a recurring theme on the record.


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1. Benjamin Koppel, Scott Colley, Brian Blade -“PERSPECTIVE” (Qobuz)

2. Nina Simone -“You’ve Got To Learn” (Qobuz)

3. Andrew Bird -“Outside Problems” (Qobuz)

4. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway -“City of Gold” (Qobuz)

5. Allegra Krieger – “I Keep My Feet on the Fragile Plane” (Qobuz)

6. The Arcadian Wild – “Welcome” (Qobuz)

7. Blur – “The Ballad of Darren” (Qobuz)

8. Various – “They Cloned Tyrone (Music from and Inspired by the Netflix Film)” (Qobuz)

9. ODESZA, Yellow House – “Flaws in Our Design” (Qobuz)

10. Cypress Hill – “Black Sunday (Deluxe)” (Qobuz)



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