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Dark, soulful, haunting and poignant music from the week

Seinabo Sey: Blessed Swedish and Gambian artist Seinabo Sey returns with “Blessed,” a song written by her best friend, songwriter Isak Alverus. The track (produced by Carli Löf and Simon On The Moon) possesses a sparse, laidback energy with soft percussion and sprinkles of jazz, electronic and R&B. She says, “I like the lyrical message—that it is enough to wake up in the morning, get …

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Sizzling disco-pop, shape-shifting neo-soul, ethereal sonic experimentation and more new music from the week

SAULT: Time is Precious Expectedly unexpected, SAULT’s latest album AIR appeared seemingly out of nowhere a few days ago. The enigmatic UK-based collective—led by Inflo (aka Dean Josiah Cover)—has made a habit of sharing gorgeous new music without any pre-release marketing or teasers. The neo-soul-leaning outfit has ventured into different territory with their sixth album, which features soaring orchestral music, non-lyrical choral vocals and some …

Friedberg: Never Gonna Pay The Rent

Friedberg—the London-based all-women desert-rock outfit helmed by Austrian singer-songwriter Anna Friedberg—returns with the vibe-y pop tune “Never Gonna Pay The Rent.” Friedberg originally conjured the sound for her band in the middle of the night in room number eight at the Joshua Tree Inn. “The Friedberg story continued in the same desert on my return trip there the following year when a friend and I …