New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 7 : All Songs Considered NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the intricately detailed pop of Dodie, a posthumous release from legendary drummer Tony Allen, a mind-blower from Daniel Bachman and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Dodie — Build A Problem
Featured Song: "Special Girl"
2. L'Orange & Namir Blade — Imaginary Everything
Featured Song: "Nihilism"
3. Daniel Bachman — Axacan
Featured Songs: "Blues in the Anthropocene" and "Year Of The Rat"
4. Tony Allen — There Is No End
Featured Song: "Stumbling Down"
5. Sophia Kennedy — Monsters
Featured Song: "I'm Looking Up"
6. James Brandon Lewis — Jesup Wagon
Featured Song: "Lowlands of Sorrow"
7. Nasimiyu — Potions
Featured Song: "Parasite"

Other notable releases for May 7: Angel Olsen — Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories; Iceage — Seek Shelter; Miranda Lambert — The Marfa Tapes (with Jack Ingram and John Randall); Squid — Bright Green Field; Sufjan Stevens — Convocations; Weezer — Van Weezer.

New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 7

New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 7

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The Essex singer Dodie. Her debut full-length, Build A Problem, tops our shortlist of the best new albums out on May 7. Parri Thomas/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The songs of Essex singer Dodie Clark are both delicate and intricately detailed, with gossamer voices that levitate over fluttering sonic wonders and sudden, often breathtaking shifts. After amassing an army of fans with self-released YouTube videos, the singer, known simply as Dodie, is dropping her full-length debut. We give a listen on this week's show to Build A Problem and talk about the many ways the album left us in awe.

We've also got a posthumous release from the legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, a mind-blowing record from guitarist Daniel Bachman, jazz saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and more. Nate Chinen of WBGO and Jazz Night In America joins contributor and critic Christina Lee, Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody, WXPN's John Morrison, NPR Music's Lars Gotrich, Cyrena Tourous and host Robin Hilton as they breakdown their picks for the best albums out on May 7.

Featured Albums:

  1. Dodie — Build A Problem
    Featured Song: "Special Girl"
  2. L'Orange & Namir Blade — Imaginary Everything
    Featured Song: "Nihilism"
  3. Daniel Bachman — Axacan
    Featured Songs: "Blues in the Anthropocene" and "Year Of The Rat"
  4. Tony Allen — There Is No End
    Featured Song: "Stumbling Down"
  5. Sophia Kennedy — Monsters
    Featured Song: "I'm Looking Up"
  6. James Brandon Lewis — Jesup Wagon
    Featured Song: "Lowlands of Sorrow"
  7. Nasimiyu — Potions
    Featured Song: "Parasite"

Other notable releases for May 7: Angel Olsen — Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories; Iceage — Seek Shelter; Miranda Lambert — The Marfa Tapes (with Jack Ingram and John Randall); Squid — Bright Green Field; Sufjan Stevens — Convocations; Weezer — Van Weezer.