Dua Lipa, Pearl Jam and More Release New Music: What You Should Listen to Today

There's a staggering amount of new music released every Friday—so much so that it can be overwhelming to try and keep up. Luckily, we're here to help. Every week, Newsweek will highlight a handful of albums that are hitting streaming services, so you can always be up to date on the most exciting new releases.

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Dua Lipa attends the 70° Festival di Sanremo (Sanremo Music Festival) at Teatro Ariston on February 07, 2020 in Sanremo, Italy. Daniele Venturelli/Getty

Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia (Warner)

Following a leak before its planned April 3 release date, Dua Lipa's latest album was released a week early. True to its name, Future Nostalgia finds the singer borrowing from '70s disco and '80s pop—but Lipa spikes her feel-good tunes with a special twist. "Physical" is an obvious ode to Olivia Newton-John's 1981 hit of the same name, but with a dark edge that almost feels like it was remixed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein for the next Stranger Things soundtrack. On the title track, though, Lipa sets her sights even higher. "You want a timeless song," she sings. "I wanna change the game."

Pearl Jam, Gigaton (Monkeywrench/Republic)

Pearl Jam's latest album is their first since 2013's Lightning Bolt. Despite the long layover, the band isn't showing much rust. Combining grunge with classic rock, lead singles "Dance of the Clairvoyants" and "Superblood Wolfmoon" deliver solid and respectable psychedelic grooves and a punk spirit with the sort of sincerity that only Pearl Jam can bring.

Sufjan Stevens, Aporia (Asthmatic Kitty)

Released earlier this week, Stevens' newest effort is an ambient collaboration with his step-father Lowell Brams (yes, of Carrie and Lowell fame). It's an often soothing collection of new-age music, the title of which is the Greek word for "at a loss"—the name's meant to reflect how many people feel living in self-isolation, Stevens and Brams explained in a press release. The instrumental album conveys loneliness with electronic drones and occasional synth and guitar leads cutting through the mix, offering both moments of calm and chaos.

Waxahatchee, Saint Cloud (Merge)

Three years after 2017's break-up record Out in the Storm, Waxahatchee frontwoman and songwriter Katie Crutchfield is singing about the healing powers of love—both the romantic kind and love for oneself—and sobriety. Crutchfield has been open about her decision to quit drinking in 2018 on her Instagram, but Saint Cloud is packed with references to overcoming addiction and the benefits of self-care. "Lilacs" is a rollicking country jam about breaking out of co-dependency, and realizing that too much of a good thing can smother you. "Fire," meanwhile, catches Crutchfield in the middle of self-acceptance, realizing that's key to finding her place in the world: "If I could love you unconditionally/I could iron out the edges of the darkest sky."

5 Seconds of Summer, Calm (Interscope)

On Calm's lead singles, the Australian boy band bury their punk-pop roots even further than they already did on 2018's Youngblood, dropping much of the heart-on-their-sleeve charm for suave, seductive verses. ("Go on and light me like a cigarette/Even if it might be somethin' you'll regret/You got me now, now, now.") Still, 5SOS can't help but write a reasonably good rock anthem: Look no further than "Teeth," with its swaggering verses and pounding, distorted guitar.

Vanessa Carlton, Love Is an Art (Dine Alone)

Coming off a run playing singer-songwriter Carole King in Broadway's Beautiful, Vanessa Carlton is back with her sixth album, an examination of love. Partially inspired by the 1956 book The Art of Loving, Carlton explores both the positive and negative aspects of infatuation. The singer adds flourishes to her signature piano parts, via synthesizers and fuller orchestration, and "Salesman" is a perfect example: The track's led by acoustic guitar, but punched up with spacey synths, as Carlton sings about a man who's peddling passion and leaving a trail of heartbroken women in his wake. To counter sad songs like that one, Carlton offers the sweeping "The Only Way to Love," an enthusiastic and expansive ballad about love's pulling power.

PartyNextDoor, Partymobile (OVO Sound/Warner)

PartyNextDoor promised in a 2017 tweet that his next album would be "straight party and unapologetic." Assuming he meant that he was going to stay true to himself (and not chase radio-ready jams), PND has made good on his word with Partymobile. On the Drake-assisted "LOYAL," PND sings about not wanting to let a lover go and how his "pain goes away when I'm tipsy," or when he's with his partner. "THE NEWS" and "SPLIT DECISION" are similarly confessional about losing someone—whether it's because PND has gotten a better sense of their personality and has had his fill, or because he's cheated.