Stream: New releases from Har Mar Superstar, Ian Sweet and Max Foreman

From left: Har Mar Superstar (by Graham Tolbert); Ian Sweet (by Lucy Sandler); Max Foreman (by Adam Nagy)

Rounding up three of Friday’s releases for your listening pleasure — hear new Har Mar Superstar, Ian Sweet and Max Foreman:


Showman/soul man Sean Tillman was a staple of the L.A. scene for years until moving back to his native Minneapolis five years ago, getting sober, getting engaged and getting a day job as a letter carrier. Nothing says “real world” like delivering the mail in minus-30-degree weather. “Roseville,” named for the suburb that’s home to the singer-songwriter’s namesake Har Mar strip mall, is the seventh Har Mar Superstar album, woven together in socially distanced recording sessions. His albums have always sounded like revues of Boomer heroes, boozed up and thick with schtick, and “Roseville” could be a party platter, too, even with some of its more serious intentions. If only Spaceland were open to host the celebration.

IAN SWEET, “Show Me How You Disappear”

Highlighted by singles such as “Sing Till I Cry,” “Drink the Lake” and “Power,” Jilian Medford’s third album as Ian Sweet chronicles her journey through a mental health crisis and how she came out on the other side. It’s cacophonous noise-pop for a messy process> Maybe the song “Get Better” or “Drink the Lake” offers a reason to get invested; there’s some emotional payoff. (Ian Sweet performs a livestreamed show at 7 p.m. March 26 from the Lodge Room. Tickets.)

MAX FOREMAN, “Underground”

“Heaven speaks from underground,” Foreman sings on the title track to his solo debut. The six-song EP from the singer-songwriter-producer (known for being one-half of the duo Bouquet) offers understated and at times surrealistic observations from a year almost everyone, for better or mostly worse, felt “Underground.” Stylish but minimal, Foreman’s synth-pop feels as much hallucinated as heard; as the world implodes, he’ll be the one plaintively singing “State of Decay.”