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 Taylor Swift, ANOHNI and the Johnsons, PJ Harvey, Julie Byrne, Rauw Alejandro, Lauren Bousfield, Little Dragon, and K-Lone. 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.)
Taylor Swift: Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) [Republic]
Taylor Swift’s starry-eyed coming-of-age album, Speak Now, gets the Taylor’s Version treatment in the latest installment of her full-length re-recording series. Thirteen years after the original album’s release, the redux finds Swift grappling anew with fame, celebrity, and imminent superstardom, themes reflected in the uneasy balance between her country and pop modes. Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) features vault tracks newly recorded with Fall Out Boy and Paramore’s Hayley Williams. “Since Speak Now was all about my songwriting, I decided to go to the artists who I feel influenced me most powerfully as a lyricist at that time and ask them to sing on the album,” Swift said on social media.