New Music Friday: Quick Roundup

Resentment by Madi Diaz

Madi Diaz released an album last year called History of a Feeling, which I totally missed. It’s a fantastic album, so I’m happy I discovered it even if it was a little bit late. The reason that I found out about it is that she released a 4 song EP today called Same History, New Feelings in which she re-recorded four of the songs off of History of a Feeling with other artists including Waxahatchee, Courtney Marie Andrews, Angel Olsen, and Natalie Hemby all of whom I also love. Here’s “Resentment”, which is the song she released as single a few weeks ago and which alerted me to the existence of both of these glorious works.

Heartbursts by Lucius

Lucius released the third single off of their forthcoming album, Second Nature, yesterday. “Heartbursts” is by far my favorite of the three. This will be their first album in something like 6 years, though they’ve collaborated with so many other artists I love during that time it hasn’t really felt like they’ve been gone. The album was produced by Brandi Carlile, and I’m excited to hear the whole thing when it’s out on April 8.

Break the Man by Tears for Fears

Tears for Fears released The Tipping Point ,their first new album since 2004, last week. I didn’t get a chance to listen to it before I wrote up my New Music Friday post last week, but I didn’t want it to go unmentioned. I very much have a soft spot for Tears for Fears’s older music. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” has a firm place in my favorite songs of all time. But at this point they kind of felt like a legacy act to me. Back together and touring on their old music, and if they ever did release new music it would probably be something that no one would pay attention to. I was quite wrong about that. The new album is great and has actually gotten a lot of love. I’ve heard the title track off the album on non-commercial radio stations a bunch. Listening to the new album actually pushed me over the edge to buy a ticket to see them in concert this summer, which I had considered but not committed to.

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