New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Feb. 18 : All Songs Considered The week's best new music includes the deep grooves and heady soul of Khruangbin and Leon Bridges, an epic tale in sound from Beach House, the return of queer country pioneers Lavender Country and more.

Featured Albums
1. Khruangbin & Leon Bridges — Texas Moon
Featured songs: "B-Side" and "Doris"
2. Beach House — Once Twice Melody
Featured song: "Modern Love Stories"
3. Hurray for the Riff Raff — LIFE ON EARTH
Featured song: "POINTED AT THE SUN"
4. Kendra Morris — Nine Lives
Featured song: "Dry"
5. Lavender Country — Blackberry Rose
Featured song: "All Disillusions Behind"

Other notable releases for Feb. 18:
Anwar HighSign — Live N*gga Prophecy
Big K.R.I.T. — Digital Roses Don't Die
MAITA — I Just Want to Be Wild For You
Metronomy — Small World
Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee — Bamanan
Sally Shapiro — Sad Cities
The Shout Out Louds — House
Shovels & Rope — Manticore
Tennyson — Rot

New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Feb. 18

New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Feb. 18

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Khruangbin's collaboration with Leon Bridges, Texas Moon, is one of NPR Music's picks for the best new records out on Feb. 18. Pooneh Ghana/Couttesy of the artist hide caption

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The Houston-based trio Khruangbin reunites with Fort Worth soul singer Leon Bridges for deep grooves and heady soul on Texas Moon, a follow-up to 2020's Texas Sun. As we hear in the opening of this week's show, the record melds gospel and country with psychedelic rock, which reviewer Ayana Contreras calls an adventurous romp.

We've also got an epic story album in four chapters from Beach House, the incredible and ambitious new Hurray for the Riff Raff release, LIFE ON EARTH, a historic return for queer-country pioneers Lavender Country and more. NPR Music's Ann Powers joins Ayana Contreras from WBEZ and Vocalo Radio, WXPN's John Morrison and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new music out on Feb. 18.

Featured Albums:

  1. Khruangbin & Leon Bridges — Texas Moon
    Featured songs: "B-Side" and "Doris"
  2. Beach House — Once Twice Melody
    Featured song: "Modern Love Stories"
  3. Hurray for the Riff Raff — LIFE ON EARTH
    Featured song: "POINTED AT THE SUN"
  4. Kendra Morris — Nine Lives
    Featured song: "Dry"
  5. Lavender Country — Blackberry Rose
    Featured song: "All Disillusions Behind"

Other notable releases for Feb. 18:

  • Anwar HighSign — Live N*gga Prophecy
  • Big K.R.I.T. — Digital Roses Don't Die
  • MAITA — I Just Want to Be Wild For You
  • Metronomy — Small World
  • Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee — Bamanan
  • Sally Shapiro — Sad Cities
  • The Shout Out Louds — House
  • Shovels & Rope — Manticore
  • Tennyson — Rot