Pick of the week Always Waiting, from Michael Kiwanuka's debut album, Home Again, feels like a long-lost classic with its sweetly grainy folk-soul arrangement — chiming guitars, caressing background vocals, sumptuous violin. But for all his retro charms, the smoky-voiced singer/songwriter is an undeniably fresh talent.
10 tracks found during the week's listening:
I'm Not the One, Bettye LaVette
LaVette puts a sassy, soulful spin on the Black Keys tune on this first single from Thankful N' Thoughtful, set for Sept. 25.
Spirit Indestructible, Nelly Furtado
The title track and teaser from Furtado's upcoming album, due Sept. 14, is a frothy, percolating summer treat.
Lays Around Lazy, White Violet
This glowing guitar-pop nugget, from the debut Hiding, Mingling, is one of the year's most instantly winning singles.
Not Another Lifetime, Stuart Davis
The versatile, sonically inventive singer/songwriter is at his most wickedly playful on this track from Music for Mortals.
Age, Lianne La Havas
This spare, playful ode to May-December romance, from Is Your Love Big Enough?, shows off the young singer's nuanced soulfulness.
Eu Vim da Bahia, Luciana Souza
The Brazilian jazz singer and guitarist Marco Pereira bring a gorgeously light touch to Jobim on Duos III, one of two Souza albums due next Tuesday.
Summer Skin, Amy Cook
The title track of Cook's upcoming album, also out next Tuesday, is at once pensive and vibrant, the vocal soaked in raspy yearning.
When the Circus Comes, Los Lobos
The rumbling, richly atmospheric lament still sounds fresh on the 20th anniversary edition of Kiko.
The Cape Verdean legend's tremulous, plangent voice cuts as deeply as ever on this 1963 recording, now on the compilation Portrait.
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her, Art Garfunkel
The soaring live track, from 1972's Greatest Hits, is featured on Garfunkel's similarly indispensable The Singer, available next Tuesday