At this point I’m not sure what type of year 2018 will be musically but there’s a trickle of releases I am looking forward to. Here’s my list:
Shame – Songs of Praise
The first major release I REALLY want to listen to is London’s Shame. Judging by the single One Rizla, this could be an exciting record. I’m a big fan of frontmen who retain their accents when they sing. Plus there’s a strong youthful vibe. Songs of Praise can’t drop sooner enough.
Starcrawler – Self-titled
This LA band have been releasing a stream of strong glam rock influenced singles. The debut is produced by Ryan Adams and I’ve got high hopes. 2017 was a good year for guitar based indie rock and I think this will cement that.
Tune-yards – I Can Feel You Creep into my Private Life.
I think that Tune-yards creates super playful, intelligent and fun music. She’s back and thankfully the music is still playful, intelligent and fun.
Porches – The House.
Another indie band going electronic! what a track!!
Django Django – Marble Skies.
Django Django never fail to surprise listeners and it seems that they have gone in a more electronic direction but considering how no two Django Django tracks are similar, I could be wrong.
Dream Wife – Self-titled.
How could you not like Dream Wife?? They create prefect guitar pop songs.
Hookworms – Microshift
Hookworms have embraced krautrock – you just know that this will be awesome.
Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending.
To be honest I sort of lost interest in Franz Ferdinand but after their collaboration with Sparks, called FFS, which I thought was amazing, I became interested in the group again. Plus they have also gone through a bit of a line up change AND they roped in Cassius’ Philipp Zdar to produce the new album. I like the new single so I’ve got positive vibes.
Ezra Furman – Transangelic Exodus
After wowing me with 2015’s Perpetual Motion People, Ezra Furman is back, and with a vengeance. Love You So Bad is more orchestral but it still has his trademark barbed lyrics and it is a cracking tune. Welcome back!
Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve our Human Problems.
As such this is not an album proper but a collection of three ep’s the band have released. Saying that it’s still new music and it is still Belle and Sebastian and any new offering from them is something I look forward to.
Superorganism – Something for your M.I.N.D.
Super excited for Superorganism
oh and a HMLTD album seems imminent. Hurrah!