Rosie Thomas

Photograph: Matt Boyd

In 2005, after releasing three albums on Sub Pop, Rosie Thomas found herself in an all-too-common situation. Enervated by release dates and production demands, she’d lost sight of her original goal: to entertain people. Luckily, she found a way back to what really matters—the music itself—via an intervention by allies Sufjan Stevens and Denison Witmer. Thomas’s new album on her own Sing-a-Long imprint is named These Friends of Mine in honor of her saviors, both of whom contribute prominently. Recorded in Stevens’s Brooklyn apartment, the set highlights Thomas’s fragile falsetto with songs about long distances and romance, such as “Much Farther to Go” and R.E.M.’s “The One I Love.” The album includes false starts and mistakes, the same charming quirks that will likely impart honesty to Thomas’s live performance. — Cristina Black

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