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Sultry R&B, a mellow break-up ballad, optimistic pop and more new music

Syd: Missing Out Syd’s first solo release in almost four years, “Missing Out” is a mellow break-up ballad, full of elongated synths, crisp percussion and somber but silky vocals. Apart from the occasional glockenspiel-esque chime, the four-minute tune feels melancholy for the most part, but the chorus provides a welcome tinge of bravado. Steady Holiday: Sunny In The Making “Sunny In The Making,” the second …

Sarah Neufeld: Stories

Sarah Neufeld, a solo musician and member of Arcade Fire, released “Stories” yesterday. Neufeld’s upcoming album Detritus was born from her previous collaborative work with dancer/choreographer Peggy Baker, and “Stories” is one of the lush, dramatic pieces from that. Minimal but textured, the music comprises ambient synths, haunting violins and otherworldly vocals.

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Cinematic, dramatic, familiar and ethereal releases from this week

serpentwithfeet: Fellowship The wildly talented serpentwithfeet (aka Josiah Wise) returns with “Fellowship,” a touching song about friendship written and produced by the LA-based artist, along with Sampha and Lil Silva. Layered and textured, the song (from the upcoming album DEACON, out 26 March) is rich with off-kilter percussion and serpentwithfeet’s immediately familiar ethereal vocals. The lyrics are more literal and straightforward than many of his …