In this prolific week for new music, Beck, St. Vincent, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, the Wu-Tang Clan, and English rock prodigy King Krule all released new albums.
Here are the 5 best songs from the past week that you can stream right now:
Beck — “Colors”
Beck’s 13th studio album “Colors” commences with its shape-shifting title track, a pop-structured song backed by atmospheric synths, lively drumming, and a shockingly effective use of pan flute.
St. Vincent — “Young Lover”
Annie Clark of St. Vincent paints a troubling portrait of love and drug abuse on “Young Lover,” a moving standout track from her eclectic fifth album, “MASSEDUCTION.”
Robert Plant — “Keep It Hid”
“Keep It Hid” is a highlight from Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant’s 11th solo album, “Carry Fire.” Built around a whirling, Radiohead-like synth, the four-minute track features cryptic lyricism and a restrained, yet potent, vocal performance from Plant.
Wu-Tang Clan — “If Time Is Money (Fly Navigation)”
Method Man holds down an upbeat soul-sample loop with cunning, pun-filled verses on “If Time Is Money (Fly Navigation),” a stellar cut from the seventh Wu-Tang Clan album, “The Saga Continues.”
King Krule — “Biscuit Town”
English singer-songwriter Archy Marshall (King Krule) opens his spacey third studio album “The Ooz” with a jazz-rap-influenced mediation on bipolarity that rhymes “Motorola” with the name of Gianfranco Zola, an Italian soccer player from the 1990s.