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Lafawndah’s The Fifth Season

New Music Friday: 6 albums to hear this week

With new records by Lafawndah, Zora Jones, Jockstrap, and more

Lafawndah’s The Fifth Season arrives a year on from her stunning debut album Ancestor Boy. Inspired by N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy of novels, its six tracks are deep, elemental torch songs recalling artists like Scott Walker and serpentwithfeet. As well as Lafawndah’s own songs, The Fifth Season also features versions of cult keyboard fantasist Beverly Glenn Copeland’s “Don’t Despair” and French composer Lili Boulanger’s “Old Buddhist Prayer”; there’s also “You, at the End”, which interpolates Kae Tempest’s poem “The Woman the Boy Became”, and “Le Malentendu”, which features French rap artist Lala &ce.

Elsewhere this week, Jockstrap’s Wicked City EP gets reinterpreted as Beavercore, while Zora Jones delivers some high octane thrills on Ten Billion Angels. Take a listen below.

JOCKSTRAP, BEAVERCORE EP

LAFAWNDAH, THE FIFTH SEASON

LUCRECIA DALT, NO ERA SÓLIDA

MARILYN MANSON, WE ARE CHAOS

MOISTBREEZY, BREEZY

ZORA JONES, TEN BILLION ANGELS