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New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On Aug. 13 : All Songs Considered

The Killers’ latest, Pressure Machine, is one of NPR Music’s picks for the best albums out on Aug. 13.

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The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers spent the past year and a half of isolation deep in thought, reflecting on his past and his formative years growing up in rural Utah. He pours those ruminations into the band’s most stirring album to date, the moody and beautiful Pressure Machine. On this week’s New Music Friday, we give the album a spin and talk about the deeply emotional ways the band documents the hopes and horrors of small-town America.

We’ve also got joyful celebrations from the British duo known as Jungle and an El Michels Affair collaboration with singer Liam Bailey, a heartbreaking but beautiful new solo album from jazz pianist Falkner Evans, glorious guitar noise from the Asheville band Wednesday and more. Nate Chinen of WBGO and Jazz Night in America joins contributor Christina Lee, Radio Milwaukee‘s Tarik Moody, WXPN‘s John Morrison, along with NPR Music’s Marissa Lorusso, Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new albums out on Aug. 13.

Featured Albums:

  1. Jungle — Loving in Stereo
    Featured Songs: “Talk About It” and “Romeo”
  2. The Killers — Pressure Machine
    Featured Songs: “Terrible Thing” and “West Hills”
  3. Boldy James The Alchemist — Bo Jackson
    Featured Song: “E.P.M.D.”
  4. Falkner Evans — Invisible Words
    Featured Song: “Made Visible”
  5. Meet Me @ The Altar — Model Citizen
    Featured Song: “Feel A Thing”
  6. El Michels Affair Meets Liam Bailey — Ekundayo Inversions
    Featured Songs: “Conquer Divide” and “Intro”
  7. Wednesday — Twin Plagues
    Featured Songs: “Toothache” and “Twin Plagues”

Other notable releases for Aug. 13: Dan + Shay — Good Things; Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson — Refuge; Jade Bird — Different Kinds of Light; Joy Orbison — Still Slipping Vol. 1; $uicideboy$ — Long Term Effects of SUFFERING.

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