Photo by Robin Harper
As if it hadn’t been the case for most of this year, the distinctions between weeks continue to blur. I don’t think I’ll be able to tell you which month or week something like Chromatica or Fetch the Bolt Cutters was released when all this is over. Although the music industry took a symbolic day of pause last week, other artists and labels appear to be continuing the practice. This week was originally going to see the posthumous album from Pop Smoke, who’s become something of a soundtrack to the protest movement, and an EP from elusive country artist Orville Peck, but both were delayed. It feels like the industry and, at least anecdotally, most people I know are taking a step back from listening to music as the protests against the police killing of George Floyd continue. That said, this week still brings a number of albums for a break from the news, including records from Chloe x Halle, Savages’ Jehnny Beth, RMR, and more.