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New Music Friday Roundup: Hillsong Young and Free, NEEDTOBREATHE, and More

New Music Friday Roundup: Hillsong Young and Free, NEEDTOBREATHE, and More

It’s Friday and a few artists are starting to slowly emerge from their pandemic lockdowns to drop some new tunes before the weekend. Here are a few releases that should be on your radar this week.


NEEDTOBREATHE is back with a fresh collection of rootsy Americana and introspective lyrics that explore personal identity, emotional health and learning to deserve love. One huge album standout is “Survival,” featuring Drew and Ellie Holcomb. Check out the stripped-down performance below.

Listen to the whole album here.


Hillsong Young & Free: All of My Best Friends

Hillsong Y+F is back with its enormously anticipated fourth album. “These songs were written with the youth in mind and yet, they transcend,” the band wrote in a statement. “Songs to inspire you towards salvation. Songs to rally us around unity. Songs to exhort us into looking beyond our own windows. Songs that challenge the status quo. Songs that celebrate the inclusive nature of our God. And songs that draw us closer to Jesus.”

Check out the band’s short documentary on the making of All of My Best Friends below.

Listen to the whole album here.


Angel Olsen: Whole New Mess

One of this generation’s sharpest songwriters returns with another sonically adventurous, lyrically fearless exploration of love and loss in the twenty-first century. Check out the video for the title track here.

Listen to the whole album here.

The Avett Brothers: The Third Gleam

It’s a good week to be a folk fan, as the Avett Brothers are back with their newest album in less than a year. The Third Gleam is a pandemic soundtrack as only the Avett boys could do it. Check out their homespun video for “Back Into the Light” here.

Listen to the whole album here.

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