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New Music Friday: 7 Albums to Stream

Featuring releases from Purity Ring, Banks, Yves Tumor, and M. Ward

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M. Ward (photo by Philip Cosores), Purity Ring (photo by Carson Davis Brown), Banks (photo by Amy Price)
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    Every Friday, Consequence of Sound rounds up some of the week’s noteworthy new album releases into one nifty post. Today, April 3rd, brings fresh jams from the likes of Purity Ring, M. Ward, Banks, Melkbelly, Yves Tumor, Empress Of, and Peach Pit.

    Purity Ring – WOMB

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    Purity Ring, photo by Carson Davis Brown

    Purity Ring are finally back with WOMB, their first album in over five years. Due out through 4AD, it serves as the long-awaited follow-up to another eternity from 2015.

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    The 10-track collection was previewed with the lead track, “stardew”, along with “pink lightning” and “peacefall”, which we highlighted in an Origins feature.

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    M. Ward – Migration Stories

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    M. Ward, photo by Wrenne Evans

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    Migration Stories is the new album from M. Ward. The follow-up to 2016’s More Rain boasts 11 tracks about real-life human migration stories, with inspiration ranging from newspaper photographs to television reports. To help bring these tales to life, the folk songwriter enlisted Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury and Richard Reed Parry, producer-mixer Craig Silvey, and Teddy Impakt.

    Today’s full-length features the early singles “Unreal City” and “Migration of Souls”.

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    Banks – Live and Stripped

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    Banks, photo by Brian Ziff

    Banks has released a new EP titled Live and Stripped. Out through Harvest Records, the project consists of four tracks pulled from across Banks’ catalog and re-recorded in a barebones style.

    “Drowning” is pulled from her debut album Goddess while the other three tracks — “Stroke”, “Contaminated”, and “If We Were Made of Water” — are off her most recent full-length, 2019’s III.

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    The R&B singer is scheduled to perform at this year’s Virgin Fest and tickets can be purchased here. You can also catch Banks when she takes over the Consequence of Sound Instagram on Friday.

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    Melkbelly – PITH

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    Melkbelly, photo by Ariella Miller

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    Melkbelly have let loose their sophomore album, PITH. Due out through Wax Nine/Carpark Records, the 11-track collection follows up on Nothing Valley from 2017.

    The Chicago noise-rock outfit recorded the new LP in two brief sessions six months apart at Russian Recording in Bloomington, Indiana with help from frequent collaborator Dave Vettraino. Early teasers include “Humid Heart” and “Sickeningly Teeth”.

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    Yves Tumor – Heaven to a Tortured Mind

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    Yves Tumor has unboxed a new album called Heaven to a Tortured Mind. Over the course of 12 tracks, the experimental electronic artist can be heard turning psych rock into modern pop while “diluting reality” to give “meaning to the abstract,” according to a press release.

    The follow-up to 2018 album Safe in the Hands of Love was previewed with the singles “Kerosene!” and “Gospel for a Century Mind”.

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    Empress Of – I’m Your Empress Of

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    Empress Of, photo by Fabian Guerrero

    Empress Of has returned with her third studio effort, I’m Your Empress Of. Due out through Terrible Records, it comes two years after her Us LP.

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    The new album was written in a small studio in Highland Park in Los Angeles. In a statement on the project, the experimental pop artist said, “Music is magic. Something that possesses me, shows me things about myself that aren’t easy to see.” She continued, It’s called I’m Your Empress Of because I’ve always felt that once a song is done, and the emotion is there and it’s not inside me anymore, it belongs to the world.”

    Catch Empress Of live by purchasing concert tickets here.

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    Peach Pit – You and Your Friends

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    Peach Pit, photo by Lester Lyons-Hookham

    Vancouver-based indie outfit Peach Pit have let loose their new full-length, You and Your Friends, through Columbia Records. As its name suggests, the follow-up to 2017’s Being So Normal is all about the importance of pals old and new.

    You and Your Friends is a collection of songs about me, people that the band and I care about, and some of the old friends we’ve had over the years,” vocalist/guitarist Neil Smith explained in a statement. “All the songs are written from true stories, some have been exaggerated more than others. We can’t wait to finally let go of it and start playing these songs for you out on the road!”

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    Peach Pit had to postpone their spring tour dates because of the coronavirus outbreak, but are expected to hit the road again in June. Grab your concert tickets here.

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