There have been plenty of great albums released so far this year, from Typhoon to Semler to the Staves. But most of it has eked out a little at a time, with bands obviously still a little wary of dropping real releases during a pandemic. But the last Friday in February has finally served up a full banquet for fans of good music, and there’s a little something for everyone. We’ll cover Julien Baker’s exquisite, devastating Little Oblivions on our weekly RELEVANT Recommends section of the podcast, but there’s a lot more music out there.
First up, you’ve got Lauren Daigle’s “Hold Onto Me.” It’s not clear whether this is the first single from a new project from Daigle, who has dominated the Christian music charts for several years now with her Look Up, Child but it’s a very pretty song regardless.
We’ve also got Jubilee, the latest effort from Maverick City Music. Chandler Moore, Naomi Raine, Dante Bowe and the rest of the Mav City crew release some of the best worship music you can put in your ears, and these seven songs come out to over an hour of excellence.
We’ve also got a new tune from Nashville’s dusty boot stompers the Lone Bellow. “Dried Up River” is a surprise new single from the band about finding contentment and focusing on what really matters. On Instagram, Lone Bellower Brian Elmquist said that he’s returned to the message of the song “countless” times over the last year. “There’s so much that I worry about that doesn’t matter,” he wrote. “And I want to put more effort into the things that do.”
Obviously, there’s lots more good music out there today and every day but with this particular new release day, it really feels like 2021 is starting to shake off some of the New Year cobwebs and get going in earnest. Can’t wait to see what’s next.