RELEVANT Recommends: Seven Releases We’re Excited About This Week

Every week on RELEVANT Recommends, we recommend a few new releases worth your time and attention. Here are our favorite things coming out this week.

Hillsong Worship: These Same Skies

These Same Skies, inspired by the Gospel of Matthew and the Sermon on the Mount, is just what you need to hear if you’ve been feeling hopeless. Hillsong Worship’s music is full of powerful reminders that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. It’s always a powerful drop when Hillsong Worship releases new music, and this album definitely delivers.

Snail Mail: Valentine

Snail Mail may be young, but she knows what’s going on. Her unique voice draws you in, but it’s her insightful lyrics that make you want to stay. On her second album, Valentine, Snail Mail throws caution to the wind and explores the highs and loves of young love. Her edgy music is the angst you need to jam out to immediately.

The Aubreys: Karaoke Alone

Finn Wolfhard is more than just that kid from Stranger Things; he’s also a talented musician who lends his vocals to The Aubreys. Karaoke Alone shows Wolfhard and bandmate Malcom Craig trying to captures the intricacies of what it’s like to grow up in the 2020s. The result is a wicked album, and hopefully the beginning of Wolfhard’s long musical career.

Dijon: Absolutely

Dijon’s years-in-the-making studio album has been Absolutely worth the wait. The genre-defying artist has been rightfully compared to Frank Ocean for the way he creates experiences with each song. His debut album ranges from soulful ballads to big band bops. It’s part R&B, part singer-songwriter — and all good vibes.

LANY: gg bb xx (deluxe)

Technically, this isn’t a brand new release, but LANY dropped the deluxe version of their excellent album gg bb xx along with new tracks that you won’t want to miss. The group’s music takes relatable life moments and places them over pop beats, reminding us that sometimes the best way to get through life is to simply dance it out.

Penelope Isles: Which Way to Happy

Penelope Isles’ second album, Iced Gems, will make you want to scream — in a good way. Brother and sister duo Jack and Lily Wolter craft cathartic songs that confess the difficulties of lockdown claustrophobia, heartbreaks and the fears of growing up all to the beat of soft indie pop. The album gets deep while still remaining light, making you feel comfortable enough to finally feel all the feels.

SPENCER

Pablo Larraín’s fable is a window into a few brief days in the life of Princess Diana, and the house of cards her royal family built around her. The lavish world Larraín crafts is stunning, and provides an ideal context for Kristen Stewart to weave a spell in what might just be the best performance of the year. Less talented actors would simply impersonate the mannerisms of the People’s Princess, but Stewart goes deeper, channeling the princess’s spirit in a way that is utterly compelling, tragic and, ultimately, human.

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