With half the year already behind us, it is hard to believe that half the year’s new music has already been released. Fret not, music fans that still means we have six more glorious months of new releases coming up and let me reassure you, there are some fantastic albums in the works. Since the list is expansive (yet definitely worth looking at), I have taken the liberty of highlighting a few albums that I think are notable. Take a look below and let me know what you think!
Story by Lauren Keim
**Albums are listed by release date, and even though it should be intuitive, dates do occasionally change.
Years & Years: “Communion”
The first up on the list of my most anticipated releases is Years & Years debut LP “Communion.” In case you are not familiar with this young, new group from London, I suggest you study up. I expect to see big things coming from these guys. With a heavy indie dance sound and vocals that remind me of Justin Timberlake, they broke onto the scene with their hit “Real” in 2014. This year they have been all over the news, releasing an EP in February and put on a stellar string of performances at SXSW. If you are a fan of pop-y syth and danceable, catchy tunes that will have you singing along before the end of the first play through, be sure to check them out!
Album out: Jul 10 (that’s tomorrow!)
Owl City: “Mobile Orchestra”
I’ve always loved Owl City, with his upbeat, overly optimistic electronic sound; granted, I recognize not everyone is a fan of Adam Young’s magical youthfulness. Of the two new releases I’ve heard, “Verge” featuring Aloe Blacc (the vocals of Aviici’s “Wake Me Up.”) and “Unbelievable,” a song which pays tribute to 90s nostalgia and cleverly features Hanson, I think it’s safe to say that Owl City’s “Mobile Orchestra” is staying true to his bright eyed, cheerful style. For anyone who needs some additional sunshine and cheesiness this summer (and, let’s be honest, can you ever have too much?), Owl City has your covered.
Album out: Jul 10 (that’s tomorrow!)
Never Shout Never: “Black Cat”
For anyone who has followed Never Shout Never’s Christofer Drew Ingle’s career path, you know it’s been a wild ride. Originally gaining popularity on Myspace in 2008, at the age of 16, his first album “Yippiee” EP featured high-energy indie pop rock and infectious lyrics. Over the past few years his style has evolved drastically from his original childlike sound to something far more experimental and unique. After talking about the release of two albums for over a year and a half, fans are finally being rewarded for their patience. In March, Never Shout Never released “Recycled Youth, Volume 1” an album featuring reimagined versions of previously released songs. “Black Cat,” which is coming out next month, will be a collection of brand new music. While it’s hard to anticipate what exactly to expect on this new album, their first single, “Hey! We OK” sounds rather promising (and incredibly catchy), with a more pop-rock sound closer to their earlier years.
Album out: August 7, 2015
The Fratellis: “Eyes Wide Tongue Tied”
I been a big fan of the indie rock band from Glasgow, Scotland for quite a few years. Their first album, from 2007 titled “Costello Music,” was literally jammed packed with a great songs, such as, “Chelsea Dagger,” “Henrietta,” and “Baby Fratelli.” Since then, they have released two more albums with the same caliber of cheekiness and rock and roll. In June, they released two new tracks off their anticipated album: “Me and the Devil,” and “Baby Don’t You Lie to Me,” both of which has me eager for next month as both are full of promise of another job well done.
Take a listen below and tell me you don’t feel excited too!
Album out: August 21, 2015
I’ve just recently got acquainted with the Los Angeles skate punk band FIDLAR, from their latest release, “40oz. on Repeat.” For about two weeks I was obsessed with the track, with it on repeat on my Spotify. From checking out their self titles album, they’ve got a sound that reminds me simpler, So-Cal version, of the Hives. One thing that I will note, is that compared to the raw sound of their first album, I did notice that “40oz. on Repeat,” seems a little more refined with a (dare I say) more mainstreamed sound. Perhaps it’s just the individual track, or maybe an indicator of what’s to come. Regardless, they’re definitely something I’m looking forward to hearing as soon as it’s out.
Album out: September 4, 2015
Below are some albums that are rumored to be in the works. If the ones above are subject to change, that goes double for the ones below.
According to an article released in June, the group is actively in the works of recording a new album. Few bands have mastered the legacy that Radiohead has over their twenty year plus career. I honestly believe that anything that Thom Yorke touches turns to gold. If the only exposure to Radiohead you’ve had has been their 1992 hit, “Creep” (which is still a favorite on radio stations to this date) you’re missing out. Their sound is far better categorized as progressive-electronica with a blending with traditional instruments (and nothing like any EDM you hear these days). The last album released by Radiohead was “King of Limbs” in 2011, and if that album is any indicator of what we can expect, this new album can’t be released any sooner.
Ethan Kath is back in the studio working on a new album. The group has always had an unique sound blending electronic noises, with ethereal, almost haunting vocals. I found them to be the perfect group to blare while driving an empty urban road, late on a cool night (specific, I know). Last October, the fate of the group was in question, as singer Alice Glass announced on Twitter that she was leaving Crystals Castles. Six months later in April earlier this year, Crystal Castles released a new song called “Frail” with vocals eerily similar to Glasses, and announced that Crystal Castles will continue with a new vocalist known only by the name of Edith.
Just last week, the group released another new track called “Decide,” with the same low-fi, beat heavy, electronic sound fans know and love.
I saved the best for last (my own, huge personal bias, I know). Finally, after nearly six years, fans have good reason to believe that they will see new Brand New music by the end of the year. While the group has been around since the early two thousands, they have remained intentionally underground, leading to a huge cult following. Those who are familiar with the band, know that the last album, Daisy, was released was back in 2009. Since then, fans have been suffering, sans the occasional tour date. That was until last fall, when out of nowhere, they confused fans by updating their site with cryptic links, and then without warning opened with a new song at their Colorado show back in April which you can hear below. Finally, to top off Brand New toying with their fan base, they recently gave an interview with Spanish magazine, Rockzone discussing in Spanish the plans to release at least an EP by the end of the year.
Their first album kicked off the whole Long Island, ‘punk’ rock sound of the 2000s filled with songs about partying and broken hearts, one part immature, and three times as clever and malicious. Each album since has evolved from the previous with a new sound and more maturity in subject matter. As a huge fan of Brand New, I can tell you that when they finally do release this new album, it will be completely different from their previous albums, but just as powerful and thought provoking.