The English artist Alexander James O’Connor, who writes and records as Rex Orange County, is back again this week with an album he wrote and recorded in 12 times with Dutch producer Benny Sings. The curiously titled WHO CARES? seems to be over and above the pandemic of the earlier few of several years and imagines a entire world in which life is a little bit looser and much more carefree. On this week’s exhibit, we give a listen to WHO CARES? and communicate about Rex Orange County’s present for lyricism, his songcraft and why “hold it up” turned his mantra while making the album.
We’ve also obtained scarce recordings from New Orleans soul singer Irma Thomas, the promptly transfixing Getaway EP from Orion Sunshine, rapper Fly Anakin and more. WBEZ and Vocalo Radio’s Ayana Contreras joins WXPN’s John Morrison, NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the greatest new albums out on March 11.
- Orion Sunshine — Getaway
Highlighted Tracks: “intro” and “without you”
- Rex Orange County — WHO CARES?
Featured Tracks: “SHOOT ME DOWN” and “Maintain IT UP”
- Fly Anakin — Frank
Highlighted Tracks: “Really like Track (Appear Back)” and “Bread”
- Jenny Hval — Common Objects
Highlighted Observe: “Cemetery of Splendor”
- Irma Thomas — Entire Time Woman, The Misplaced Cotillion Album (on vinyl)
Showcased Track: “Adam and Eve”
Other notable releases for March 11:
- Alex Cameron — Oxy New music
- Benny the Butcher — Tana Communicate 4
- The Boo Radleys — Keep On With Slipping
- BOYO — Echoes Like Memories
- Drug Church — Hygiene
- Fatboi Sharif & LoneSword — Cyber City Society
- Loop — Sonancy
- Fortunate Daye — CANDYDRIP