In late January, Paramore singer Hayley Williams began teasing a new project. She posted cryptic social media posts and mailed mysterious packages to fans that included doll limbs and handwritten notes that said “Plant me.” It turns out she has a brand-new full-length album that she wrote, performed and recorded on her own, at home during quarantine, called Flowers for Vases – descanos. It comes just eight months after Williams released her solo debut, Petals for Armor. On this week’s show we give a listen to the new album and consider the singer’s ruminations on life under lockdown.
Also on the program: the 20th anniversary edition of J Dilla’s Welcome 2 Detroit, a new direction for Foo Fighters, more creepy electronic music from John Carpenter and more. Nate Chinen of WBGO and Jazz Night in America joins WNXP‘s Jewly Hight, NPR Music’s Marissa Lorusso, contributor Christina Lee, WXPN‘s John Morrison and NPR Music’s Stephen Thomspon, along with host Robin Hilton, as they share their picks for the best new albums out on Feb. 5.
- Foo Fighters — Medicine at Midnight
Featured Song: “Shame Shame”
- Odette — Herald
Featured Song: “Trial By Fire”
- Black Coffee — Subconsciously
Song: “Wish You Were Here”
- John Carpenter — Lost Themes III
Featured song: “Alive After Death”
- The Staves — Good Woman
Featured Song: “Careful Kid”
- Editrix — Tell Me I’m Bad
Featured Song: “Tell Me I’m Bad”
- Hayley Williams — Flowers for Vases – descanos
Featured Songs: “Just A Lover” and “How You Doin?”
- J Dilla — Welcome 2 Detroit (20th Anniversary Edition)
Featured Song: “Think Twice” and “Give It Up (acapella version)”
- Femi and Made Kuti — Legacy +
Featured Songs: “As We Struggle Every Day” and “Hymn”
- Archie Shepp & Jason Moran — Let My People Go
Featured Song: “Wise One”
Other notable releases for Feb. 5: Aaron Lee Tasjan — Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!; Black Country, New Road — For the First Time; Jane Birkin — Oh! Pardo Tu Dormais; Miss Grit — Impostor; Psychedelic Porn Crumpets — Shyga! The Sunlight Mound; Puma Blue — In Praise of Shadows; Sun June — Somewhere; The Weather Station — Ignorance.