Big Thief: Not

Lead by vocalist Adrianne Lenker’s desperate calls, Big Thief’s “Not” fuses folk-influence and scorching guitar solos to form a track that’s both cohesive and beautifully chaotic. At the halfway mark, Lenker’s grasping for air and a massive instrumental track haunts the background—then a three-minute-long guitar solo bursts in. It continues until the track’s end, when it all but whimpers away. The band’s second album of …

Theophilus London feat. Ian Isiah: Pretty

Funky and fun-loving, Theophilus London and Ian Isiah’s “Pretty” is a love song to women everywhere that’s influenced by R&B, funk and soul. Though London’s love interests are unabashedly plural throughout, the track dissolves into a make-up plea by its end. Assisted by Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) and Isiah, this release is London at his best: lively, eclectic and exciting. It’ll appear on his …

Deca: Edenville

Accompanied by an (unofficial but approved of) stop motion video from O’Honey Studio!, Deca’s “Edenville” track reflects what loneliness and boredom can do to one’s mood and determination. The rapper references lore around the birth of humanity and traces it into modern day—dissecting things like paranoia and self-worth along the way. The animated video also depicts a character’s journey from self-loathing to floating, both literally …