It’s hard to sum up the latest album from The 1975 in a few words. But suffice to say, Notes On A Conditional Form is a long, sprawling thrill ride that bursts in a thousand different directions at once – raging punk rock one minute, contemporary classical the next. Or thumping dance-floor EDM, followed by euphoric pop. We kick this week’s show off by trying to make sense of this brilliant, messy masterpiece. We’ve also got one of the best albums yet from the folk veterans Indigo Girls, the return of The Airborne Toxic Event, Owen Pallett and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music’s Ann Powers, Sidney Madden and Stephen Thompson as they share their picks for the best albums out on May 22.
- The 1975 — Notes On A Conditional Form
Featured Songs: “Me & You Together Song,” “The 1975,” “People,” “The End (Music For Cars)” and “Frail State of Mind”
- Indigo Girls — Look Long
Featured Song: “Country Radio”
- Owen Pallett — Island
Featured Song: “A Bloody Morning”
- The Airborne Toxic Event — Hollywood Park
Featured Song: “Hollywood Park”
- Gunna — Wunna
Featured Song: “Dollaz On My Head”
- Katie Von Schleicher — Consummation
Featured Song: “Nowhere”
Other notable releases for May 22: Badly Drawn Boy — Banana Skin Shoes; Kota the Friend — Everything; Neil Innes — How Sweet to Be An Idiot; The Philip Glass Ensemble — Music In 8 Parts; Steve Earle and the Dukes — Ghosts of West Virginia; Various — I Still Play; Woods — Strange to Explain.