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20 Albums to Look For in Summer

Posted by Billy Gil, June 10, 2015 03:03pm | Post a Comment

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but there are already many albums announced, including a few that are sure to be some of the biggest of the year.

Leon Bridges Coming Home
Out June 23

Young soul singer Leon Bridges’s powerful voice and guitar licks have earned him comparisons to Sam Cooke and a viral hit with the sweetly swaying, vintage-R&B-style “Coming Home.” It’s one of those times when it looks like the hype is on point; Coming Home announces the arrival of a huge new talent.

 

Cayucas Dancing at the Blue Lagoon
Out June 23

Cayucas’ first album was an irresistible collection of breezy guitar pop. First single “Moony Eyed Walrus” suggests Cayucas are the laid-back, West Coast answer to Vampire Weekend.

 

Richard Thompson Still
Out June 23

The legendary folk singer’s 16th solo album was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, who also appears on the record. You can stream the record over at NPR.

 

 

 

 

 

Failure The Heart Is a Monster
Out June 30

The alt-rock band who were underappreciated the first time around reunited in 2014, following post-Failure projects such as Autolux. So far, the band has premiered the track “Hot Traveler,” which sees the band picking up where it left off in the ’90s. Failure also plays Amoeba Hollywood June 30 at 6 p.m.!

 

The Internet Ego Death
Out June 30

The R&B band featuring former Odd Future members Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians returns with a third album of electro-soul. Hear the sultry “Special Affair.”

 

LA Priest Inji
Out June 30

Sam Eastgate of late dancepunk band Late of the Pier is back with a new project following that band’s sole album, 2008’s Fantasy Black Channel. First single “Oino” is more synth-driven than Eastgate’s previous work, with a reggae-inspired beat and even some vocoder thrown into the mix.

 

Miguel Wild Heart
Out June 30

The R&B artist of stuning songcraft and lascivious lyricism returns with a third album, following 2012’s critical and commercial breakthrough, Kaleidoscope Dream. Check out his naughty first single below.

 

Refused Freedom
Out June 30

The Swedish post-hardcore/emo group comes back with a fourth album after reuniting in 2012. Hear the ferocious “Elektra.”

 

Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
Out June 30

The up-and-coming Long Beach rapper is set to release his first studio LP, following last year’s acclaimed Hell Can Wait EP. Check out the video for “Senorita,” which features a sample of Future’s “Covered N Money.”

 

Four Tet Morning/Evening
Out July 10

DJ/producer Kieran Hebden is back with a new album as Fourt Tet, after releasing a surprise album as Percussions earlier this year. The new album is made up of two 20-minute tracks, “Morning Side” and “Evening Side.”

 

 

 

 

 

Camera Shy Camera Shy
Out July 17

This new duo features former Alexandra Morte and Nick Bassett of Bay Area band Whirr. Rather than the guitar-heavy shoegaze of that band, Camera Shy trades in Sarah Records-style wistful indie pop. Watch the adorable vintage Disney video for “Your Only One” below.

 

 

Tame Impala Currents
Out July 17

Australian psych-rock band Tame Impala’s second album, Lonerism, was a breakthrough worthy of being called a new classic. So anticipation’s at fever pitch for their third. They’ve so far revealed the synthy prog-pop of “Eventually” and ’80s soul-style “’Cause I’m a Man.”

 

Ducktails St. Catherine
Out July 24

Real Estate guitarist Matthew Mondanile’s Ducktails project relishes in a more synth-driven, soft-rock sound. Watch the video for the lush (and counterintuitively titled) “Headbanging in the Mirror” and wish you were poolside in the desert right now.

 

omar souleyman bahdeni nami lpOmar Souleyman - Bahdeni Nami
Out July 24

The Syrian dabke dance music master’s international profile has risen significantly in the past few years, remixing the likes of Bjork and playing festivals like Bonnaroo. Four Tet once again produces on his latest, as he did on 2013’s Wenu Wenu, along with Modeselektor and Gilles Peterson.

 

Albert Hammond Jr. Momentary Masters
Out July 31

The Strokes’ secret weapon returns with his third album, his first in seven years. Hear the Buddy Holly-ish new waver “Losing Touch” below.

 

Mac DeMarco Another One
Out Aug. 7

Everyone’s favorite gap-toothed goofball with those beautifully gleaming guitar tones (and glittering blue eyes, but we’re getting off track) is back with his fourth release. Check out the sweetly teetering track “The Way You’d Love Her.”

 

health death magic lpHEALTHDeath Magic
Out Aug. 7

The L.A. electronic-noise-pop band have come a long way, moving from their modest roots as a Smell band to releasing two remix albums and soundtracking the video game Max Payne 3. The industrial strength of “Stonefist” tells us to expect great things for album No. 3.

 

chelsea wolfe abyss lpChelsea WolfeAbyss
Out Aug. 7

The goth-leaning singer/songwriter goes deeper into an internal dark chasm on her latest album, which features more overt nods to metal and industrial music on tracks like “Iron Moon” and “Carrion Flowers.”

 

Beach House Depression Cherry
Out Aug. 28

We haven’t heard anything yet from Depression Cherry, so we’ll see if Beach House holds onto being the best band in the world with their fifth album, but judging by the Baltimore dream-pop band’s previous trajectory, it’s a worthwhile bet.

 

 

 

 

 

Public Image Ltd. - What the World Needs Now…
Out Sept. 4

John Lydon and co. follow 2012’s This is PiL, which was their first album in 17 years, with another new album and tour. We haven’t heard a new track from the post-punk greats yet (nor have we seen the album cover), but it’s sure to be what we all need right now.

 

 

 

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