3 Albums Out This Week 5/20/2024

3 New Albums Out This Week You Should Listen to Now: Crumb, Billie Eilish, and Shellac

Crumb image via Jacob Consenstein

There’s so much good music out in the ether that sometimes it’s difficult to parse through all of it. Every week The Daily Music Report will do the hard work for you and highlight the best releases available on streaming services.

This week we’re highlighting new music from Crumb, Billie Eilish, and Shellac.

Crumb – AMAMA

New York psych-pop band Crumb unveils AMAMA, their follow-up to their 2021 album, Ice Melt. This release brims with playful and eclectic experimentation, blending glitchy pitch-shifted vocals, cell phone recordings, nautical blips, sax mouthpiece solos, blasted drum samples, and piano strings dampened with Silly Putty. Released on May 17, 2024, AMAMA highlights Crumb at their most dynamic and animated. Produced by Crumb, Jonathan Rado, and Johnscott Sanford, and mixed by Sanford and the band, the album was recorded across multiple studios, with additional work by Ramani at her home, AMAMA was mastered by Joe LaPorta.

Standout Songs: Side By Side, The Bug, AMAMA, Crushxd, Dust Bunny



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Apple Music

Billie Eilish – Hit Me Hard and Soft

Billie Eilish’s third studio album, Hit Me Hard and Soft, was released on May 17, 2024, through Darkroom and Interscope Records. Described as a genre-bending collection that lives up to its title, the album delivers both powerful and delicate moments. Co-written with her brother Finneas, the album has received widespread critical acclaim. Eilish previewed several tracks at Coachella and emphasized releasing the album as a cohesive whole rather than through singles.



hit me hard and soft

Artist Links:

Apple Music

Shellac – To All Trains

Shellac’s To All Trains is a bittersweet release, marking their first album in a decade since Dude Incredible (2014). Fans eagerly anticipated new material from the Chicago power trio, but the album’s release on May 17, 2024, came just a week after the passing of guitarist and vocalist Steve Albini, adding an unexpected layer of emotion. Despite this tragedy, To All Trains has received critical acclaim for its intensity and tight musicianship, characteristic of Shellac’s abrasive, minimalist rock. Released through Touch and Go Records, the album features 10 songs and runs for 28 minutes, available on both CD and vinyl.

Standout Songs: WSOD, Wednesday, Days Are Dogs


To All Trains

Artist Links:

Apple Music

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