In Stores Now 2/20

Highlights this week include the latest from Swedish singer/songwriter Jens Lekman. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls Lekman’s fourth LP, “a smartly crafted set of buoyant orchestral dance-pop inflected with disco, calypso, samba and other styles, combining bouncy dance beats and a variety of instrumentation with his nasal crooning, sunny melodies and finely chiseled, often-wry lyrics.” Strand Of Oaks share their latest: “the fifth album from this Philly-based project led by Tim Showalter is a diverse, well-crafted set ranging from anthemic rockers to desolate ballads, with emotive lyrics revolving around the tension between cutting loose and taking responsibility.” Americana legends Son Volt return this week; the “latest album by Jay Farrar & co. is a diverse, well-crafted set ranging from raw, stomping blues-rock to wistfu country-rock and ghostly, atmospheric ballads.”

Vancouver, BC trio The Courtneys release their sophomore LP, the first from a non-New Zealand act to be released by the legendary Flying Nun Records. Yates notes, “they fit right in with this strong set of ’90s-steeped power-pop with fuzzy guitars, driving rhythms, soaring vocals and buoyant pop hooks.” On her debut album, LA-bred, Austin-based artist Molly Burch releases a “beautifully crafted set of atmospheric dream-pop steeped in classic torch-pop, ’60s girl-groups, doo wop and other vintage styles, featuring a spacious, haunting sound with gently shimmering guitars, atmospheric keyboards and unhurried rhythms accompanying her smoky vocals, wistful melodies and melancholy lyrics of lost love.” And Ryan Adams releases his 16th studio album, “a breakup record inspired by his recent divorce. It’s a well-crafted set with a polished and cavernous though somewhat subdued sound indebted to mainstream ’80s rock, combining ringing guitars and atmospheric keyboards with his yearning vocals and often-poignant lyrics of lost love.”

Alison Krauss – “Windy City”
from Windy City on Capitol / Decca

Bing & Ruth – “Starwood Choker”
from No Home of the Mind on 4AD

Charlie Wilson – “Chills”
from In It to Win It on RCA

The Courtneys – “Silver Velvet”
from The Courtneys II on Flying Nun

Danny Worsnop – “Mexico”
from The Long Road Home on Earache

Earthen Sea – “about that time”
from An Act of Love on Kranky

Electric Guest – “Dear To Me”
from Plural on Downtown Records / Interscope

Fat Joe / Remy Ma – “Heartbreak (feat. The-Dream & Vindata)”
from Plata o Plomo on Empire

Grails – “Chalice Hymnal”
from Chalice Hymnal on Temporary Residence

Hanni El Khatib – “Freak Freely”
from Savage Times on Innovative Leisure

Jens Lekman – “What’s That Perfume That You Wear?”
from Life Will See You Now on Secretly Canadian

Jidenna – “Helicopters / Beware”
from The Chief on Epic

London O’Connor – “Nobody Hangs Out Anymore”
from Circle/Triangle on True Panther Sounds

The Manikins – “Love at Second Sight”
from From Broadway to Blazes on Manufactured Recordings

Meat Wave – “The Incessant”
from The Incessant on SideOneDummy

Middle Kids – “Never Start”
from Middle Kids on Domino

Mind Over Mirrors – “To the Edges”
from Undying Color on Paradise of Bachelors

The Modulators – “Tomorrow’s Coming”
from Tomorrow’s Coming on Manufactured Recordings

Moiré – “Façade (ft. James Massiah)”
from No Future on Ghostly International

Molly Burch – “Wrong For You”
from Please Be Mine on Captured Tracks

Novella – “Thun”
from Change of State on Sinderlyn

The Orwells – “M.A.D.”
from Terrible Human Beings on Atlantic

The Paperhead – “Over And Over”
from Chew on Trouble in Mind

PVT – “Another Life”
from New Spirit on Felte

Robert Randolph & the Family Band – “Got Soul”
from Got Soul on Masterworks

Ryan Adams – “Shoplifting”
from Prisoner on Blue Note / Pax Am / Virgin EMI

Son Volt – “Back Against the Wall”
from Notes of Blue on Transmit Sound

Strand of Oaks – “Rest Of It”
from Hard Love on Dead Oceans Records

Tall Tall Trees – “Backroads”
from Freedays on Joyful Noise

Tim Darcy – “Still Waking Up”
from Saturday Night on Jagjaguwar

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