New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 30 : All Songs Considered It's been five years since Björk last released an album, but now the Icelandic icon is back with a deeply inventive set called Fossora. Every sound on the record feels as if it's springing into the mix from a different direction, as her vibrant voice shares space with everything from bass clarinets to the voices of Björk's own offspring. Fossora was inspired, at least in part, by the death of the singer's mother, but joy also abounds.

We've also got the star-packed major-label debut of veteran rapper Freddie Gibbs, a reinvention for the long-running jazz group The Bad Plus, the return of U.K. pop star Craig David and a wild electro-pop record from Shygirl.

Featured Albums:

1. Björk — Fossora
Featured Songs: "Fossora," "Mycelia," "Sorrowful Soil"
2. Freddie Gibbs — $oul $old $eparately
Featured Songs: "Pain and Strife (feat. Offset)," "CIA"
3. The Bad Plus — The Bad Plus
Featured Songs: "Sun Wall," "Stygian Pools," "In the Bright Future"
4. Craig David — 22
Featured Songs: "DNA," "My Heart's Been Waiting for You," "Teardrops"
5. Shygirl — Nymph
Featured Songs: "Firefly," "Coochie (a bedtime story)," "Nike," Missin u"

Lightning Round:

Kid Cudi — Entergalactic
Various Artists — The Birdsong Project Vol. V
Adam Blackstone — Legacy (out Sept. 23)
Various Artists — Blue Note Re:imagined II
Ashley McBryde — Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville
Tyler Childers — Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?

New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 30

New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 30

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It's been five years since Björk last released an album, but now the Icelandic icon is back with a deeply inventive set called Fossora. Every sound on the record feels as if it's springing into the mix from a different direction, as her vibrant voice shares space with everything from bass clarinets to the voices of Björk's own offspring. Fossora was inspired, at least in part, by the death of the singer's mother, but joy also abounds.

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We've also got the star-packed major-label debut of veteran rapper Freddie Gibbs, a reinvention for the long-running jazz group The Bad Plus, the return of U.K. pop star Craig David and a wild electro-pop record from Shygirl.

On this week's New Music Friday, NPR Music contributor Christina Lee, Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody and Artimacy podcast host Keanna Faircloth join guest host Stephen Thompson.

Featured Albums:

  1. Björk — Fossora
    Featured Songs: "Fossora," "Mycelia," "Sorrowful Soil"
  2. Freddie Gibbs — $oul $old $eparately
    Featured Songs: "Pain and Strife (feat. Offset)," "CIA"
  3. The Bad Plus — The Bad Plus
    Featured Songs: "Sun Wall," "Stygian Pools," "In the Bright Future"
  4. Craig David — 22
    Featured Songs: "DNA," "My Heart's Been Waiting for You," "Teardrops"
  5. Shygirl — Nymph
    Featured Songs: "Firefly," "Coochie (a bedtime story)," "Nike," Missin u"

Lightning Round:

  • Kid Cudi — Entergalactic
  • Various Artists — The Birdsong Project Vol. V
  • Adam Blackstone — Legacy (out Sept. 23)
  • Various Artists — Blue Note Re:imagined II
  • Ashley McBryde — Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville
  • Tyler Childers — Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?

Other notable releases for Sept. 30:

  • 2nd Grade — Easy Listening!
  • Aarktica — We Will Find The Light
  • Alison Sudol — Still Come The Night
  • Alivenique — Year of the Statement
  • Autopsy — Morbidity Triumphant
  • The Big Pink — The Love That's Ours
  • Blancmange — Private View
  • Buddy Guy — The Blues Don't Lie
  • Chineke! Orchestra — Coleridge-Taylor
  • Clark — 05-10
  • Dropkick Murphys — This Machine Still Kills Fascists
  • Drowning Pool — Strike a Nerve
  • Ethan Daniel Davidson — Stranger
  • Fujiya & Miyagi — Slight Variations
  • Kaya Stewart — If Things Go South
  • Lambchop — The Bible
  • Maedon X — The Lion & The Ram
  • Mamaleek — Diner Coffee
  • Monster Truck — Warriors
  • OFF! — Free LSD
  • Perera Elsewhere — Home
  • Pixies — Doggerel
  • Pixey — Dreams, Pains & Paper Planes
  • Pretty Sick — Makes Me Sick Makes Me Smile
  • Slipknot — The End, So Far
  • Snarky Puppy — Empire Central
  • Titus Andronicus — The Will To Live
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs — Cool It Down