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Julien Baker: “Faith Healer”

She has a beautiful voice and writes beautiful music. “Faith Healer”, a touching, towering tear-jerker, is Julien Baker’s latest wonder, and it’s on Little Oblivions, her next album. That arrives on February 26th of next year, but you can order it from Bandcamp today.

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Lou Doillon: “Look At Me Now”

Breakneck noir, “Look At Me Now” is the the poised and punchy title track for the new, three-song EP from Lou Doillon. It will be released on December 11th, and you can order a vinyl edition of it right here. Via Les inRocks.

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Tiece: “Lucky 13”

An insistent, naturally-rhythmic sibilance; a mystery with muscle that confronts instead of eludes — “Lucky 13” breathes in strange syncopations like Tricky with Martina Topley-Bird. But Tiece’s voice is hers alone, and it will be a thrill to hear more of it when she releases her Nowhere, Now Here LP, which will be released in the near future. In the meantime you can download this from Bandcamp, where you can find music and merch, too.

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Marika Hackman: “Between the Bars”

Listening to Elliott Smith suspends time, and his music is a salve soaked in sorrow that heals, and hurts, and haunts. Marika Hackman has chosen his “Between The Bars” along with nine other modern classics for her just-released album Covers, and you can hear her sing it like a hymn above. That album is available now from Bandcamp.

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Laura Cahen: “Cavale”

I’ve learned so much about music from les Inrockuptibles over the years. My French, notoriously terrible, has improved a little bit from flipping though its pages — and now clicking though them of course — as well. Today they’ve shared a gently-sweeping new one from Nancy’s Laura Cahen called “Cavale”, and you can find streaming links for it right here.