New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Feb. 26 : All Songs Considered NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include Julian Baker's Little Oblivions, the warped pop of Jimmy Edgar, stirring protest songs from Chris Pierce, a debut from Sam Dew and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Julien Baker — Little Oblivions
Featured Song: "Highlight Reel"
2. Karima Walker — Waking The Dreaming Body
Featured Song: "Window I"
3. Chris Pierce — American Silence
Featured Song: "Sound All The Bells"
4. Don Cherry — Cherry Jam
Featured Song: "You Took Advantage Of Me"
5. Jimmy Edgar — Cheetah Bend
Featured Song: "Cheetah"
6. Sam Dew — Moonlit Fools
Featured Song: "Rap Shit"
7. Adrian Younge — The American Negro
Featured Song: "James Mincey Jr."
8. A Winged Victory For The Sullen — Invisible Cities
Featured Songs: "The Merchant Of Seven Nations" and "The Celestial City"

Other notable releases for Feb. 26: Blanck Mass — In Ferneaux; Cloud Nothings — The Shadow I Remember; Glitterer — Life Is Not A Lesson; Lucy Spraggan — Choices; Nick Hakim — Will This Make Me Good (Remixes)
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Singer Sam Dew. His debut solo album, Moonlit Fools, is on our list of the best new releases out on Feb. 26. Christian Lanza/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After spending the past few years making guest appearances for other artists like Hayley Williams, Mary Lambert and Becca Mancari – and after releasing a couple of records as Boygenius (with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus) – Julien Baker is back with a stunning new solo album. Little Oblivions chronicles the missteps in life that can fill you with regret but also (hopefully) help you grow and be better. We kick off this week's show by listening to the song "Highlight Reel" and talk about the bright spots on an otherwise downcast collection of songs about addiction and recovery.

We've also got the contorted pop of producer Jimmy Edgar, a stirring collection of modern protest songs from Chris Pierce, the blood-slowing sounds of A Winged Victory For The Sullen and more. Nate Chinen of WBGO and Jazz Night In America joins contributor Christina Lee, Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody, WXPN's John Morrison and NPR's Marissa Lorusso and Tom Huizenga, along with host Robin Hilton, as they share their picks for the best new albums out on Feb. 26.

Featured Albums:

  1. Julien Baker — Little Oblivions
    Featured Song: "Highlight Reel"
  2. Karima Walker — Waking The Dreaming Body
    Featured Song: "Window I"
  3. Chris Pierce — American Silence
    Featured Song: "Sound All The Bells"
  4. Don Cherry — Cherry Jam
    Featured Song: "You Took Advantage Of Me"
  5. Jimmy Edgar — Cheetah Bend
    Featured Song: "Cheetah"
  6. Sam Dew — Moonlit Fools
    Featured Song: "Rap Shit"
  7. Adrian Younge — The American Negro
    Featured Song: "James Mincey Jr."
  8. A Winged Victory For The Sullen — Invisible Cities
    Featured Songs: "The Merchant Of Seven Nations" and "The Celestial City"

Other notable releases for Feb. 26: Blanck Mass — In Ferneaux; Cloud Nothings — The Shadow I Remember; Glitterer — Life Is Not A Lesson; Lucy Spraggan — Choices; Nick Hakim — Will This Make Me Good (Remixes).