10 Albums To Look For in 2015

Posted by Billy Gil, December 26, 2014 05:15pm | Post a Comment

The year’s coming to a close, and it’s time to look ahead. There are already several sure-to-be great albums on the horizon. You can already preorder the ones below.


Panda BearPanda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Out Jan. 13

Available on LP, CD, Deluxe LP, Deluxe CD

Experimental pop auteur and Animal Collective member Panda Bear aka Noah Lennox is back with his fifth solo album and first in four years. Like his last album, Tomboy, it’s co-produced by Peter Kember, and it features two songs that have already been premiered, the woozy “Mr Noah” and mind-bending “Boys Latin,” for which you can watch the mesmerizing video below. “Mr Noah” has been already released on a four-song EP of the same name, which includes three more songs; those three extra songs will also be available on the deluxe editions of the album.


Belle & SebastianGirls in Peacetime Want to Dance

Out Jan. 20

Available on LP, CD, Deluxe LP

We’ve already heard the rousing track “The Party Line” and more introspective “Nobody’s Empire,” hopefully meaning the ninth Belle & Sebastian album will have something for everyone. The deluxe edition comes with four extra tracks.


Sleater-KinneyNo Cities to Love

Out Jan. 20

Available on LP, CD, Deluxe Edition White Vinyl

Who isn’t excited about the return of Sleater-Kinney? Their eighth album comes after a 10-year hiatus for the rock ‘n’ roll greats. It’s produced by John Goodmanson, who also produced the band’s early classics, like 1997’s Dig Me Out. So far, the band has shared the songs “Bury Our Friends” and “Surface Envy,” showing zero signs that the band has dialed down its intensity in the interim—if anything, they convey the sound of bottled-up energy shooting forth. The deluxe edition LP has a two-sided poster and a bonus 180-gram vinyl 12” with two exclusive tracks on one side and an etching on the other, all of which is housed in a very cool slipcase with its own exclusive cover art (plus there’s a download card for the album).


The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

Out Jan. 20

Available on LP, CD

The literary indie-rock heroes return with their seventh album. The two songs we’ve heard so far, “Make You Better” and “Lake Song,” have a rustic intimacy that speaks highly for the rest of the album. Lest you think they take themselves too seriously, Nick Offerman appears in all his over-the-top manly glory as a hokey German talk-show host in the video below for “Make You Better.”


Jose GonzalezVestiges & Claws

Out Feb. 17

Available on LP, CD, Clear Vinyl

The Swedish troubadour always seemingly does the impossible, which is to make acoustic solo singer/songwriter material feel fresh again. It’s hard to believe this is only his third album, and first since 2007’s In Our Nature. The song “Every Age” is reminding us of what we’ve been missing.



Out Feb. 17

Available on LP, CD

This young Catalonian quartet has already drawn up a lot of hype and comparisons to the likes of PJ Harvey and Sunny Day Real Estate with their first tracks. Undoubtedly, this Captured Tracks-signed band is already a major band to watch for 2015.


Sonny & the SunsetsTalent Night at the Ashram

Out Feb. 17

Available on Red Vinyl, CD

We were huge fans of Sonny & the Sunsets’ last album, Antenna to the Afterworld, which spaced out on some sci-fi psych-pop. Things sound even funkier this time around, judging by the grooving “Cheap Extensions.” Check out its awesome animated video below.


Modest MouseStrangers to Ourselves

Out March 3

Available on LP, CD

It’s been eight years since the last Modest Mouse album. With fresh reissues this year of the band’s ’90s classics, The Lonesome Crowded West and This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About, we’re due for a new one, and we’ll get it with March 3’s Strangers to Ourselves. So far, we’ve just heard “Lampshades on Fire,” which sees Isaac Brock and co. in fine form, offering a juicy bit of snarling social commentary.


Moon DuoShadow of the Sun

Out March 3

Available on LP, CD

We love the psych-drone motorcycle rock of Moon Duo and are always happy to have more. Hear the evil “Animal” below.


The Soft MoonDeeper

Out March 31

Available on LP, CD

Another long-time Amoeba favorite who looks like he’ll have a big 2015 is Luis Vasquez aka The Soft Moon. The Oakland-based darkwave artist has unveiled one new track, the pounding “Black,” which sounds bigger than anything he’s done yet, like he’s ready to don Trent Reznor’s mantle as our dark lord and savior.


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