Finally, a New Music Friday you can really sink your teeth into! This week had over 30 album releases, and while they all probably deserve your attention, here’s a few that stand out.Toro y Moi – Outer Peace
Toro y Moi’s newest album, his 7th under his belt, seems to be rooted in the present. There’s a playfulness to his signature synth funk that is also somehow simultaneously calm.Deerhunter – Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?
Neopsychedelia? Indie Rock? Just bleek yet hopeful Deerhunter we’ve all come to know and love? Whatever this album is, it’s “utterly, completely, resolutely and defiantly them. It’s futuristic but warm, nostalgic but distant, pretentious but human.”Maggie Rogers – Heard It In A Past Life
Maggie Rogers’ newest album is her long awaited debut after several successful singles in the last year, and it’s definitely a little more mainstream pop than previously anticipated. The brilliant pop songwriting lends itself to Maggie’s atypical style.Cub Sport – Cub Sport
Cub Sport’s third album embraces the themes of love and sexuality and how they intertwine with reality and a sense of individuality. The Australian duo have grown into their own as artists, and the resulting album is “tentative but hopeful.”James Blake – Assume Form
James Blake’s fourth album is overwhelmingly romantic, filled with doo-wops, percussion, melody, and emotional vulnerability. You can also expect features from Andre 3000 and Travis Scott.Malibu Ken – Malibu Ken
Malibu Ken is the collaborative duo you never knew you needed until it existed. Producer Tobacco and Aesop Rock came together to produce this experimental, playful, hip hop LP that packs sharp wit and humor into every line.Alice Merton – Mint
Merton’s debut album is one of dance-pop fun, infused with hints of rock, and disco. If you like Florence and the Machine, you’ll love this album.