With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums from Neil Young, Tate McRae, James Elkington, Akai Solo, Jerskin Fendrix, and Bory. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)
Neil Young: Before and After [Reprise]
For his latest full-length, Before and After, Neil Young perused his catalog and re-recorded songs from across the past five decades of his career. You’ll find new, acoustic renditions of his first Buffalo Springfield track, “Burned,” the previously-unreleased cut “If You Got Love,” the title track from 1978’s Comes a Time, and more. Rather than spacing the tracklist out with the typical pause between songs, Young chose to let each piece blend into one another so that the “music presentation defies shuffling, digital organization, separation,” as he put it in press materials. The 48-minute record was produced by Young and Lou Adler. Before and After follows Young’s release of his “lost” album, Chrome Dreams, which arrived earlier this year.
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