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A crying-at-the-club banger, a sparse yet enveloping arrangement and more music from the week

Romy + Fred again..: Strong Brimming with ’90s house influences, the pulsating new track “Strong” by Romy (musician, vocalist and frontwoman of The xx) and producer Fred again.. (aka Fred John Philip Gibson) possesses that familiar and beloved feeling of dance floor deliverance. The cathartic, crying-at-the-club banger is accompanied by a Vic Lentaigne-directed music video, in which Romy and her cousin Luis embrace. “Whilst writing …

serpentwithfeet: The Hands

Featuring contributions from Animal Collective, production by Sensei Bueno and vocals from StemsMusic Choir, serpentwithfeet’s new track “The Hands” proves once again how adept the R&B artist is at creating rich, evocative compositions that still leave space. The minimal track appears during the closing credits of A24’s new film, The Inspection, which is based on director Elegance Bratton’s experiences as a gay man in the …

Star Child: Special Edition by Claire A Nivola

Featured in writer-director Mike Mills’ endearing cinematic masterpiece C’mon C’mon, the out-of-print children’s book Star Child returns to shelves thanks to independent media organization A24 (who also distributed the film). Written and illustrated by Claire A Nivola, the moving, masterful tale about a star who moves to Earth to experience life as a boy comes with imaginative full-color artwork. This foil-stamped, die-cut slipcase edition can …