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New music by Laura Marling, Rapsody, Whethan and more in this week's musical round-up

Laura Marling: A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan Cover) Laura Marling’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall” has a way of cradling listeners with airy, powerful optimism in the face of adversity. While the lyrics address tragedy, troubling experiences and even triumph, Marling’s take feels much like words of encouragement. Crystalline pools of depth support the surface beauty, for …

Whethan feat. Opia: Aftertaste

With substantial periods of minimal instrumentation strung through with deep, soulful vocals, “Aftertaste” by Whethan, and featuring Opia, unfolds again and again. The track reflects continued developments from producer (and DJ) Whethan, aka Chicago-based Ethan Snoreck. But for all its thoughtful emotionalism and artistry, it also just happens to be plain old enjoyable.