IM New Music Picks: 12/21

Jesse Cook


Jesse Cook released his 11th studio album this month, showcasing his Spanish guitar in partnership with Algerian Fethi Nadjem who is known for his talents on guitar, mandolin, and violin.

"Number 5"

Marissa Paternoster

Peace Meter

The frontwoman of the New Jersey group Screaming Females made her solo recording debut, highlighting her voice with somber and beautiful ballads.

"White Dove"

Mike Block


A member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Block's solo cello compositions are haunting expressions of his "vital rich-hued solo playing" (New York Times).

"Alpha Centauri"

Nils Frahm

Old Friends New Friends

German pianist and composer Frahm spent many pandemic days excavating his archives to compile some of his favorite solo pieces, released on his new label LEITER.

"4:33 (A Tribute to John Cage)"

Johnny Marr

Fever Dreams Pt 2 EP

The former Smiths guitarist describes this track as a tribute to his fans "'...who are interested in me and listen to me. Even if it’s just for the five minutes of people listening to the song, to galvanise this idea of ‘us’."

"Lightning People"

Small Jackets

Just Like This!

Some palate-cleansing "boogie rock and roll" from Italy for you.

"Midnight Town"

Fela Kuti

Vinyl Box Set #5

Settle in for this 25 minute plus version of "Original Sufferhead" with four minutes of lost material, showcasing Fela’s exceptional keyboard stylings.

"Original Sufferhead"

Jeff Parker


The Tortoise guitarist used looping techniques to create evocative solo guitar compositions.

"Four Folks"

Nicole Atkins

Memphis Ice

Atkin's powerful vocals are on full display on this heartbreaking ballad.

"Promised Land"