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10 More Albums to Look for in Early 2015

Posted by Billy Gil, January 26, 2015 10:33am | Post a Comment

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A little while ago, we called out 10 albums to look for in this nascent new year (some of them are out now, and they’re great!). Here are 10 more that we’re excited about.

A Place to Bury StrangersTransfixation

a place to bury strangers transfixiation lpOut Feb. 17

Available on LP, Colored Vinyl and CD

A Place to Bury Strangers are known for their high-volume shoegaze played with custom-built guitar pedals, but new album Transfixation is said to be more experimental. The first single, “Straight,” sounds a little like Spacemen 3 jamming with Battles, with a frantic beat and strange noises rounded out by Oliver Ackermann’s cool delivery. We’re so down.

 

FashawnThe Ecology

fashawn the ecology lpOut Feb. 24

Fashawn’s second album is definitely a long time coming—his first, Boy Meets World, came out six years ago, though he’s released collaborations with The Alchemist (The Antidote) and Murs (This Generation) since then. After some delays, The Ecology is finally coming out, due on NasMass Appeal Records. Once again, Exile is producing. You can hear a taste on the dizzying “Dreams” below.

 

BjorkVulnicura

bjork vulnicura lpOut March 3

Available on LP and CD

We’ve all been playing catchup since Bjork Beyonced her new album, Vulnicura, last week. We kid you not that it’s the best thing she’s done in a long time. The string-laden album had production help from electronic master of all things warped Arca, but she’s still the star here. The nearly-10-minute “Black Lake” is simply devastating, Bjork’s trademark swoop delving into her broken relationship with more straightforward lyrics than ever.

 

Purity Ringanother eternity

purity ring another eternity lpOut March 3

Available on LP and CD

It sounds as though Purity Ring will do just fine at outgrowing that silly witch house tag. The Canadian duo again produced their own album on their sophomore outing, and songs like “push pull” sound cleaner than the booming tracks of their debut, yet they’re still percussively fascinating, even as Megan James’ vocals move closer from ethereal to real, particularly on the poppy, bass-heavy “begin again.”

 

Ata Kak Obaa Sima

ata kak obaa sima lpOut March 3

Available on LP and CD

Ghanian highlife artist Ata Kak was brought to light through ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz’s Awesome Tapes From Africa blog when he posted “Daa Nyinaa.” According to Factmag, Shimkovitz bought the Ata Kak tape more than a decade ago, and his subsequent search for Ata Kak was documented by BBC Radio 4. He finally found him living in Ghana, where he had moved in 2006 after living in Toronto, where he recorded Obaa Sima. Only 50 copies of the original tape where made, and though the original master DAT had disintegrated, Shimkovitz’s tape was used to reissue Obaa Sima, which finally will see a wide release this March via Awesome Tapes From Africa. Why all the fuss? Just check this out:

 

Twin Shadow Eclipse

twin shadow eclipse lpOut March 17

Twin Shadow aka George Lewis Jr. is channeling Prince more than ever on the first single, “Turn Me Up,” from his upcoming third album. It’s got more space than the synth-laden tracks from his second album, while still upping the production ante to stay in line with current indie R&B trends. Lewis says he crafted Eclipse from a place of feeling “deep solitude,” while recording at his studio at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Appropriately, “Turn Me Up” sounds introverted and a little sad, but also sexy.

 

Death Cab For CutieKintsugi

death cab for cutie kintsugi lpOut March 31

Available on LP and CD

With Chris Walla no longer in the band (though he still contributed to the writing and recording of Kintsugi), Death Cab worked with an outside producer for the first time on their eighth album—producer Rich Costey has worked with everyone from Sigur Ros to Muse to Fiona Apple. There’s been no single officially released yet, but you can check out three new songs live via Consequence of Sound.

 

 

 

 

Death Grips The Powers That B

death grips the powers that b cdOut March 31

Available on CD

Never ones to do anything traditionally (like actually break up?), Death Grips released disc one of The Powers That B as a free download last year, featuring chopped vocal samples by another artist on this list, Bjork. Disc two is titled Jenny Death, for which they’ve unveiled the track “Inanimate Sensation,” which just proves the most intense band/not-band on the planet can keep cranking it up whenever they damn well please. Don’t try to box them in; just gear up for the ride.

 

Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell

sufjan stevens carrie & lowell lpOut March 31

Available on LP and CD

Sufjan Stevens has been relatively quiet over the past few years (by his prolific standards), so it was exciting to hear this month he’d already have a new album out in March. We don’t know much about Carrie & Lowell yet, other than that it’s self-produced by Stevens, named after his father and step-mother, and probably won’t have any Christmas songs on it. Stevens says it will be a return to his more intimate style of the past, which should please fans of albums like Illinoise and Seven Swans. Watch the album trailer below:

 

 

Matt & KimNew Glow

matt & kim new glow lpOut April 7

Available on LP and CD

Oh sheeeit we’re getting into spring here. Check out this lyric video for “Get It,” with lots of Coachella and other festival footage. These guys are so excitable!

 

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