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파란노을 (Parannoul): <em>After the Magic</em> 

On the South Korean artist’s astounding third album, the past and the present, the real and the fake dissolve seamlessly into surreal, maximalist pop music.

SZA: <em>SOS</em>

SZA’s long, ambitious, luxurious new album solidifies her position as a generational talent, an artist who translates her innermost feelings into indelible moments.

$ilkMoney: <em>I Don’t Give a Fuck About This Rap Shit, Imma Just Drop Until I Don’t Feel Like It Anymore</em>

Wordy, thoughtful rapping is thriving, but the Virginia-born MC makes the style feel particularly urgent. Neither his full-on delivery nor his absurdist sense of humor dilute his razor-sharp focus.

Weyes Blood: <em>And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow</em> 

Natalie Mering’s majestic fifth record is a dispatch from the center of catastrophe—an idiosyncratic set of love songs and secular hymns with lushly orchestral arrangements.

Dream Unending: <em>Song of Salvation</em>

Exploding death metal into atmospheric and experimental new dimensions, the dream-doom duo’s monuments to melancholy have never felt so crushing or beautiful.

CEO Trayle: <em>HH5</em>

With its macabre textures and sinister flows, the fifth installment of CEO Trayle’s Happy Halloween series unspools the rapper’s fears and sorrows into one of the most original rap albums of the year.

Jeff Parker: <em>Mondays at the Enfield Tennis Academy</em>

Recorded across a few intimate evenings at a cozy L.A. cocktail bar, these four side-long tracks of bass, drums, sax, and guitar dissolve revelatory improvisation into mesmerizing ambient atmospheres.

Dawn Richard / Spencer Zahn: <em>Pigments</em>

Setting Dawn Richard’s agile voice against Spencer Zahn’s lush chamber arrangements, the two musicians push each other into an atmospheric zone that’s new for both.

Special Interest: <em>Endure</em>

On their remarkable third album, the New Orleans band pushes their sound to both its bleakest and its sweetest brinks. Pop, disco, and house all melt into their raucous, revolutionary glam punk.

Mabe Fratti: <em>Se Ve Desde Aquí</em>

On her new album, the Guatemalan cellist trades her lush, verdant style for moments of austere beauty. She feels more intuitive and confident than ever.

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