Stream New Albums From Zayn, Ashnikko, Pearl Charles, Midnight Sister And More : All Songs Considered NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the latest solo release from Zayn, the "bratty feminist" pop of Ashnikko, the Israeli jazz quartet Apifera and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Ashnikko — Demidevil
Featured Song: "Toxic"
2. Zayn — Nobody's Listening
Featured Song: "Outside"
3. Sexual Harrassment — I Need A Freak
Featured Song: "I Need A Freak"
4. Kate Davis — Strange Boy
Featured Song: "I'll Do Anything But Break Dance For Ya, Darling"
5. Pom Poko — Cheater
Featured Song: "Like A Lady"
6. Apifera — Overstand
Featured Song: "Overstand"
7. Midnight Sister — Painting the Roses
Featured Song: "Dearly Departed"
8. Pearl Charles — Magic Mirror
Featured Song: "Take Your Time"

Other notable releases for Jan. 15: Azure Ray — Azure Ray; Beach Bunny — Blame Game; Buck Meek — Two Saviors; Danielle Durack — No Place; Frank Iero and the Future Violents — Heaven is a Place, This is a Place; Jody Lo — I Will Not Break the Scale; Matthew Sweet — Catspaw; Samia — The Baby Reimagined; Shame — Drunk Tank Pink; You Me At Six — Suckapunch.
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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Jan. 15

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Our 2021 debut episode of New Music Friday opens with the "bratty feminist" pop of Ashnikko, a singer whose ridiculously catchy, debut mixtape Demidevil is as menacing as it is comically absurd. We've also got the third and most personal solo album to date from former One Direction singer Zayn, the newly formed, Israeli jazz quartet Apifera, breezy, Southern California comfort from Pearl Charles and more. NPR Music contributors Christina Lee and John Morrison join NPR's Lars Gotrich, Ann Powers and Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new albums out on Jan. 15.

Featured Albums:

  1. Ashnikko — Demidevil
    Featured Song: "Toxic"
  2. Zayn — Nobody's Listening
    Featured Song: "Outside"
  3. Sexual Harrassment — I Need A Freak
    Featured Song: "I Need A Freak"
  4. Kate Davis — Strange Boy
    Featured Song: "I'll Do Anything But Break Dance For Ya, Darling"
  5. Pom Poko — Cheater
    Featured Song: "Like A Lady"
  6. Apifera — Overstand
    Featured Song: "Overstand"
  7. Midnight Sister — Painting the Roses
    Featured Song: "Dearly Departed"
  8. Pearl Charles — Magic Mirror
    Featured Song: "Take Your Time"

Other notable releases for Jan. 15: Azure Ray — Azure Ray; Beach Bunny — Blame Game; Buck Meek — Two Saviors; Danielle Durack — No Place; Frank Iero and the Future Violents — Heaven is a Place, This is a Place; Jody Lo — I Will Not Break the Scale; Matthew Sweet — Catspaw; Samia — The Baby Reimagined; Shame — Drunk Tank Pink; You Me At Six — Suckapunch.