New Music Friday: The best releases out on Jan. 13 : All Songs Considered The week's best new albums include a genre-spanning masterpiece from singer Margo Price, a tribute to the '80s from Seven Davis Jr., Belle and Sebastian, jazz trumpeter Derrick Gardner and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Margo Price — Strays
Featured Songs: "Light Me Up," "Time Machine," "Radio," "Anytime You Call"
2. Seven Davis Jr. — savedbythebell
Featured Songs: "zero press," "wendy & lisa," "savedbythebell"
3. poolblood — mole
Featured Songs: "my little room," "wfy," "beam"
4. Belle & Sebastian — Late Developers
Featured Songs: "So In the Moment," "When You're Not With Me," "Late Developers"
5. Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets — Pan Africa
Featured Songs: "The Sixth Village," "Djemba Kan," "Highlife Suite"

Lightning Round:
Jamee Cornelia — Art School Dropout
Joesef — Permanent Damage
Lusillón — Pensando mucho y mal
Obituary — Dying of Everything
Whitehorse — I'm Not Crying, You're Crying

Other notable releases for Jan. 13:
BabyTron — Bin Reaper 3: New Testament
Declaime & Madlib — In the Beginning Vol. 3
Gaz Coombes — Turn the Car Around
Julia Wolf — Good Thing We Stayed
Lincoln — Everything Is Wrong
Skyzoo — The Mind of a Saint
Stile Antico — The Golden Renaissance: William Byrd

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Jan. 13

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Jan. 13

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Margo Price's Strays tops our shortlist of the best new albums out on Jan. 13. Alysse Gafkjen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Forget any assumptions you might have about the music of Nashville singer Margo Price. Her latest album, Strays, is a potent, genre-spanning opus that's rooted in Americana, but stretches into glittery pop, squelching rock and psychedelia, and includes collaborations with Sharon Van Etten, Lucius and more. We talk about the surprising inspiration behind the album and how, as Price sings on the opening cut "Been to the Mountain," she has "nothing to prove."

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We've also got the best new album in years from Scottish pop and rock veterans Belle & Sebastian, a tribute to the '80s built on pulsing synths and intricate polyrhythms from producer Seven Davis Jr., jazz trumpeter Derrick Gardner and more. Contributor Cyrena Touros joins WXPN's John Morrison, Stephen Thompson of NPR Music and Pop Culture Happy Hour and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new albums out on Jan. 13.

Featured Albums:

1. Margo Price — Strays
Featured Songs: "Light Me Up," "Time Machine," "Radio," "Anytime You Call"

2. Seven Davis Jr. — savedbythebell
Featured Songs: "zero press," "wendy & lisa," "savedbythebell"

3. poolblood — mole
Featured Songs: "my little room," "wfy," "beam"

4. Belle & Sebastian — Late Developers
Featured Songs: "So In the Moment," "When You're Not With Me," "Late Developers"

5. Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets — Pan Africa
Featured Songs: "The Sixth Village," "Djemba Kan," "Highlife Suite"

Lightning Round:

  • Jamee Cornelia — Art School Dropout
  • Joesef — Permanent Damage
  • Lusillón — Pensando mucho y mal
  • Obituary — Dying of Everything
  • Whitehorse — I'm Not Crying, You're Crying

Other notable releases for Jan. 13:

  • BabyTron — Bin Reaper 3: New Testament
  • Declaime & Madlib — In the Beginning Vol. 3
  • Gaz Coombes — Turn the Car Around
  • Julia Wolf — Good Thing We Stayed
  • Lincoln — Everything Is Wrong
  • Skyzoo — The Mind of a Saint
  • Stile Antico — The Golden Renaissance: William Byrd