New Music Friday: The best releases out on Feb. 17 : All Songs Considered NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from Caroline Polachek, UK producer, rapper and filmmaker Wesley Joseph, P!NK, the Boston rock group Pile and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Caroline Polachek — Desire, I Want To Turn Into You
Featured Songs: "Pretty In Possible," "Fly To You (feat. Grimes and Dido)"
2. Wesley Joseph — GLOW
Featured Songs: "COLD SUMMER," "SUGAR DRIVE (feat. Dean)"
3. Pile — All Fiction
Featured Songs: "Loops," "Poisons," "Blood," "Gardening Hours"
4. P!NK — TRUSTFALL
Featured Songs: "TRUSTFALL," "Just Say I'm Sorry (feat. Chris Stapleton)," "Kids In Love (feat. First Aid Kit)," "When I Get There"
5. Tianna Esperanza — Terror
Featured Songs: "Terror," "Lewis," "Princess Slit and the Raincoat Prince," "Granada"

Lightning Round:
crushed — extra life
Lisel — Patterns For Auto-tuned Voices and Delay
Jaimee Harris — Boomerang Town
Skrillex — Quest for Fire

Other notable releases for Feb. 17:
@ — Mind Palace Music
Anna B Savage — in|FLUX
Avey Tare — 7s
Free Range — Practice
Leon Lee Dorsey & Mike Clark — Cantaloupe Island
Lowly — Keep Up The Good Work
Ron Sexsmith — The Vivian Line
Screaming Females — Desire Pathway
Simona Premazzi — Wave In Gravity
Various Artists — Transmissions from Total Refreshment Centre

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Feb. 17

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Feb. 17

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Caroline Polachek's second solo album, Desire, I Want To Turn Into You, tops our shortlist for the best releases out this week. Aidan Zamiri/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On Desire, I Want to Turn Into You, Caroline Polachek reaches for her earliest connections to euphoric, feminine pop with a kind of cryptic poetry set against a subversive sonic landscape. As NPR contributor Sophie Kemp notes in her review, Desire is an album that "plays with pop's ridiculousness." We hear several samples from the record to kick off this week's show, talk about why Polachek is one of the most conceptual, compositional artists making pop music today and what she may have sacrificed to achieve this sound.

Hear The Songs

We've also got vividly cinematic music from U.K. rapper, producer and filmmaker Wesley Joseph's debut for the Secretly Canadian label, a deeply emotional and potent album from P!NK, the Boston rock band Pile, a mind-blowing, ever-changing album from Tianna Esperanza and more. NPR's Ann Powers and Marissa Lorusso join Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new albums out on Feb. 17.

Featured Albums:

  1. Caroline Polachek — Desire, I Want To Turn Into You
    Featured Songs: "Pretty In Possible," "Fly To You (feat. Grimes and Dido)"
  2. Wesley Joseph — GLOW
    Featured Songs: "COLD SUMMER," "SUGAR DRIVE (feat. Dean)"
  3. Pile — All Fiction
    Featured Songs: "Loops," "Poisons," "Blood," "Gardening Hours"
  4. P!NK — TRUSTFALL
    Featured Songs: "TRUSTFALL," "Just Say I'm Sorry (feat. Chris Stapleton)," "Kids in Love (feat. First Aid Kit)," "When I Get There"
  5. Tianna Esperanza — Terror
    Featured Songs: "Terror," "Lewis," "Princess Slit and the Raincoat Prince," "Granada"

Lightning Round:

  • crushed — extra life
  • Lisel — Patterns For Auto-tuned Voices and Delay
  • Jaimee Harris — Boomerang Town
  • Skrillex — Quest for Fire

Other notable releases for Febl 17:

  • @ — Mind Palace Music
  • Anna B Savage — in​/FLUX
  • Avey Tare — 7s
  • Free Range — Practice
  • Leon Lee Dorsey & Mike Clark — Cantaloupe Island
  • Lowly — Keep Up The Good Work
  • Ron Sexsmith — The Vivian Line
  • Screaming Females — Desire Pathway
  • Simona Premazzi — Wave In Gravity
  • Various Artists — Transmissions from Total Refreshment Centre

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