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In the second part of our Most anticipated albums of 2012 series, Austin – our Facebook and forum administrator, presents his take on the forthcoming months most important releases.
The Chariot – TBA
“This is a celebration!” If you’ve never heard The Chariot look no further than simply Googling any live video of the band performing. Studio albums released by the band are widely known to be done with little to no audio mastering. Songs are often recorded in less than three takes to maintain a live feeling and the band always incorporates some unique samples to “give your ear a rest.” No news yet on a future release date but the band is set to enter the studio In May.
The Hives – Lex Hives
Five years have elapsed since The Hive’s released a studio album. Early June of this year will quickly remedy that. To date only a few tracks have been played live and seen online but I like what I’m hearing. Be sure to support your local record store by picking up the Hives limited edition 7” including two new songs titled “Go Right Ahead” and “1000 Answers.”
Frank Ocean – TBA
Between the fan released ‘The Lonny Breaux Collection’ in 2010 and his own self released mixtape ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’ in 2011 Frank Ocean has made quite the name for himself. Not to mention his contributions to the widely heard Jay-Z Kanye collaboration album ‘Watch the Throne.’ Recently two new Ocean tracks titled ‘PDA‘ and ‘Whip Appeal‘ were released online. My personal favorite known as ’Thinking About You’ was recently re-released with a different mix so maybe Ocean followers can expect that to be the first single on the final full length release. Hopefully when he returns from his current stint opening for Radiohead in Europe an official album release date or further recording details will be announced on his debut full length.
Architects – Daybreaker
Slated for a May 28th release, “Daybreaker” is UK based band Architects fifth studio album. Tracks ‘Devil’s Island’ and ‘These Colours Don’t Run’ have been released thus far showing more emphasis on cleaner vocals much like 2011’s “The Here and Now.” Hopefully this release will create a larger stateside fan base and allow the guys to headline on their own rather than playing festivals or as main support.
Silversun Pickups – Neck of the Woods
Much like Architects, Silversun Pickups have given me something new each album. I first saw them opening as direct support for Muse on their ‘Resistance’ World Tour and to this day am very grateful I arrived to the show early to see their set. They all work well together but carry their own personalities and instruments well in each song. “Neck of the Woods” (May 8) will be the Los Angeles bases band’s third studio album. To date the band has released a track titled ‘Bloody Mary’ and currently has a photo piece discussing the album recording process.
Sigur Rós – Valtari
What can I really say about Sigur Rós that hasn’t been said before? Bassist Georg “Goggi” Hólm has stated, “i really can’t remember why we started this record, i no longer know what we were trying to do back then. i do know session after session went pear-shaped, we lost focus and almost gave up…did give up for a while. but then something happened and form started to emerge, and now I can honestly say that it’s the only Sigur Rós record I have listened to for pleasure in my own house after we’ve finished it.” Be sure to pick up the bands 2007 album “Hvarf – Heim” on vinyl this April 21st for Record Store Day.
Which albums are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments.
AustinSocial Media & Forum Admin
Austin is responsible for creating our Last.fm group and acts as an admin over at our Facebook page as well as on the site forum. You’ll find him on a majority of days listening to vinyl and drinking orange juice. (mild pulp preferred)
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