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25 Albums We're Excited For in Spring

Posted by Billy Gil, March 9, 2015 09:42am | Post a Comment

25 albums to look for in spring

Here’s a list of records to check out that are currently scheduled for release in 2015 (dates/releases subject to change).

Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

courtney barnett sometimes i sit lpOut March 24

This touted Australian singer/songwriter writes anxiety-ridden screeds over catchy garage-rock on her breakthrough record.

 

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Asunder, Sweet & Other Distress

godspeed you black emperor Asunder, Sweet & Other Distress lpOut March 31

The Canadian post-rock band’s mammoth 2012 release Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! was one of the most acclaimed albums of the year, so we can’t wait to hear what they’re up to next.

 

The Soft Moon Deeper

the soft moon deeper lpOut March 31

The Oakland-based artist keeps it grim and synth-heavy on his third album, falling somewhere between Nine Inch Nails' arena-friendly industrial and ’80s darkwave.

 

Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell

sufjan stevens carrie & lowell lpOut March 31

The prolific singer-songwriter who made his name on his “state” album series (Greetings From Michigan, Illinoise) before taking a turn into experimental electronic pop (The Age of Adz) returns to his acoustic roots on his seventh studio album.

 

Lower Dens Escape From Evil

lower dens escape from evil lpOut March 31

The indie rockers band drew comparisons to their Baltimore brethren in Beach House with their cerebral-yet-emotional tunes on 2012’s excellent Nootropics, but they get synthier and catchier on new songs like “To Die in L.A.” Watch the song's incredible video below.

 

Toro y Moi What For?

toro y moi what for? lpApril 7

Toro y Moi managed to ride the chillwave tag he was labeled with early on to make excellent albums like Underneath the Pine. His latest seems to scale back on the electronics for a more indie rock/psych-pop sound, judging by first single “Empty Nesters.”

 

KelelaCut 4 Me (Deluxe Edition)

kelela cut 4 me lpApril 7

Originally released digitally, the debut mixtape by L.A. electro-R&B artist Kelela was one of the best things to come out in 2013. With a physical release finally imminent, now’s your chance to check out an exciting new voice if you haven’t yet. Also be sure to check out her debut EP HALLUCINOGEN, due May 5.

 

CalexicoEdge of the Sun

calexico edge of the sun lpApril 14

The “desert noir” indie rockers have fused psychedelia, Latin rock influence and Americana on past releases, so anything’s game for the Tucson band’s ninth album. It will feature guest appearances by Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) and Greek instrumental group Takim, among others.

 

Alabama Shakes Sound & Color

alabama shakes sound & color lpApril 21

The popular blues-rockers, led by singer/guitarist Brittany Howard’s powerful belt, release their sophomore album.

 

D’Angelo Brown Sugar (Vinyl Reissue)

d'angelo brown sugar lpApril 21

Hot off the release of his acclaimed third album, Black Messiah (LP out March 10), the soul singer is reissuing his classic first LP.

 

Built to Spill Untethered Moon

built to spill untethered moon lpApril 21

BTS are back! The beloved Boise indie-rockers plan to release their first album in six years.

 

Speedy OrtizFoil Deer

speed ortiz foil deer lpApril 21

Following the critical success of their sinewy second album, 2013’s Major Arcana, the indie rockers led by singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis strike while the iron’s hot with a new album.

 

WireWire

wire wire lpApril 21

The original post-punk band curiously self-titles their 14th album … a restatement of purpose?

 

BlurThe Magic Whip

blur the magic whip lpApril 28

Both Gorillaz and Blur are back in action. First up, Damon Albarn reunites with his mates in Blur for the Britpop band’s first album in 12 years.

 

Bill FayWho Is the Sender? – April 28

bill fay who is the sender lpThe culty singer/songwriter continues his second life, as his post-2000 output exceeds that of the early ’70s. Features the beatific environmentalist anthem “War Machine.”

 

RaekwonFly International Luxurious Art

April 28

Wu-Tang Clan member and acclaimed solo rapper Raekwon has said he wants this new album will be less of a hardcore rap record and aim for a wider audience. The singles he’s released since his last album, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, certainly fit that bill. Judging by the sound of “Wall to Wall” (featuring French Montana and Busta Rhymes), it’ll be worth the long gestation period for this one. (No cover art yet!)

 

My Morning Jacket The Waterfall

my morning jacket the waterfall lpOut May 4

Jim James and co.'s first album since 2011's Circuital features lushly orchestrated rocker "Big Decisions"—listen and watch the psychedelic wilderness imagery in the visualizer below.

 

Best CoastCalifornia Nights

best coast california nights lpMay 5

Best Coast’s major-label debut looks to take Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno’s sound to the next level, judging by the stargazing first single and title track, which brings to mind the classic tracks by The Verve and Lush.

 

MetzMetz II

metz ii lpMay 5

Metz’s first album was a delightful slab of bile-spitting post-hardcore, and Metz II should kick just as much ass. First single “Acetate” is acidic and harsh yet completely mesmerizing.

 

Django DjangoBorn Under Saturn

django django born under saturn lpMay 5

We loved Django Django’s first album of sandblown melodies and infectious polyrhythms. The British band’s second album is preceded by the intricate psych-pop single “First Light.”

 

The Tallest Man on EarthDark Bird Is Home

tallest man on earth dark bird is home lpMay 12

Swedish singer/songwriter Kristian Matsson’s music floors you with its earnestness and beauty. His fourth album will see him touring for the first time with a full band. The pastoral first single “Sagres” is out now.

 

Blanck MassDumb Flesh

blanck mass dumb flesh lpMay 12

Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power has a new album due for his solo project. First single “Dead Format” splatters synthy noise all over a dense, tribal house beat, and even features some vocals (!), though heavily digitally altered. We’re hooked already.

 

Hot ChipWhy Make Sense?

hot chip why make sense lpMay 19

Just when we need them the most, Hot Chip will bless us with a new album. The electro-pop band already has debuted “Huarache Lights,” which sounds perfectly tailored for summertime festivals, dance parties and general joy.

 

Unknown Mortal OrchestraMulti-Love

unknown mortal orchestra multi-love lpMay 26

UMO’s brilliance lies in how they make well-worn influences (’60s psychedelic pop and soul) and approach them uniquely, writing intricate yet hooky arrangements that find new ways into your brain. Check out the brightly colored and byzantine title-track for a taste.

 

Joanna GruesomePeanut Butter

joanna gruesome peanut butter lpJune 2

The Welsh noisemakers return with a second album of punk/twee fusion, pairing screamy, aggressive vocals from Alanna McArdle and noise-rock chords with sweet, sugary choruses.

 

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New Albums (213), New Releases (214), Spring (6), Courtney Barnett (14), Godspeed You Black Emperor (5), The Soft Moon (17), Sufjan Stevens (15), Toro Y Moi (13), Calexico (7), Alabama Shakes (3), D'angelo (5)