Here are a few albums I think you should add to your hype and your leak notification lists. Well, personally I could do without Taylor Swift but it would be silly of me to ignore her, since she’s just about everywhere. While we announce albums on both our Twitter and Tumblr accounts, it’s difficult to keep up with this autumn’s packed schedule of goodness. From mainstream pop acts to ambient dröne indie label records, I’ve made my picks below.
Album: Pom Pom
Genre: Indie, Pop, Lo-fi, Experimental
Described by Ariel’s label as “Across its 17 tracks and 69 minutes, pom pom is unfiltered Ariel, featuring infectious tales of romance, murder, frog princes and Jell-O. The record sees the Los Angeles native strike it out alone, returning to the solo moniker he has adopted for well over a decade.”. It also has one of the worst album covers of the year. But who gives a damn when the single is sweet pop sensation ear candy.
Genre: Ambient, Dröne, indie
Bet you haven’t had this album on your radar. Ruins was made in Aljezur, Portugal in 2011 on a residency set up by Galeria Zé dos Bois. It comes out on October 31st on Kranky. “The album is a document. A nod to that daily walk. Failed structures. Living in the remains of love.”
Genre: Pop, Synthpop
It was only last year Charli XCX released her album True Romance but she’s already readying her new full length release. Sucker is set for October 21 and we’ve already got a taste in form of Break The Rules. It doesn’t require a rocket scientist to confirm that Carli XCX has her place among the true mainstream pop queens in 2014.
On her special Yahoo live stream Taylor announced that her upcoming album, titled 1989, will be released on October 27, 2014! The title was apparently inspired by late 80’s pop music and the year she was born. One billion fans are excited. One of them is apparently not Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt.
Album: Sonic Highways
Genre: Alternative rock, post-grunge, Rock
Someone corrected me, saying that Foo Fighters isn’t grunge, it’s post-grunge. I have no idea what that means. Anyway, it’s eight songs, eight cities. Dave Grohl and the rest of the band have documented their recording in eight different US cities and are planning on showing it on HBO. As a minor bonus, we get an album as well.
Album: Hello, Again
Genre: EMO, Indie
Debut album from emo band Kittyhawk. It’s throwback emo, which sounds a lot like Sunny Day Real Estate. Even Vice’s Noisey wrote about them – And they are usually too cool to write about emo – But it’s just that good.
Genre: Electronic, Experimental, Hip hop
I’m more excited about this than Flying Lotus You’re Dead! I had never heard about this act before, but pre-ordered the vinyl one minute into the first single Thievery. I think the genre tags summarize the sound pretty well, as it is instrumental, and heavy on the experimental. Also, Jesse Kanda’s album cover is dope. Googling around it’s apparent that I’ve been living under a rock since Arca has worked with FKA Twigs and collaborated on Yeezus.
Album: Run the Jewels 2
El-P and Killer Mike both got a lot of pressure to deliver a killer sophomore album. They already had the guts to name it RTJ2 and we now expect nothing but greatness. Special guests include Zack de la Rocha and Travis Barker. And if the album doesn’t live up to the hype, we will at least get the Meow the Jewels album.
Album: The Endless River
Genre: Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic
Apparently some guys from London who used to release music. Looks like one of the albums ripped off the third Transformers movie’s title. The Endless River isn’t a new album either, but essentially a scrapped record session of some sort. Oh, well – They can’t all be winners.
Genre: Classical, Ambient
Beautiful, classical and piano driven music from Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid) and pianist Dustin O’Halloran. An album which seems to work as both a stand alone record and a soundtrack to a Terrence Malick film. The label describe it as “Strings, piano, guitar and electronics are smartly combined to produce a weighty, elegiac symphony that will produce a most profound melancholy state in talented listeners.”
An album which was added way back, Apr 26, 2012. It’s been a long wait for Devin’s Z2 project but with review copies are already out, so it’s not that far off. As you probably know, this is the follow-up to Ziltoid the Omniscient and so immensely hyped up, the teaser video for Z2 start off with “Hello dorks” without anyone flinching. We just all want the album. Call us whatever you want.
Genre: Alternative, electronic, indie, rock, soul
Except for the first single Happy Idiot and a short teaser, we don’t know a lot about the upcoming TV On The Radio album. But judging by the single, it’s worth the wait.
Album: .5 The Gray Chapter
Do I really need to describe this? Alright. Fine. Masks.
First off, I also wish Brand New, The Postal Service, Avalanches, Portishead, Modest Mouse, Panda Bear, Grimes and Dr. Dre (yeah, it’s no longer called Detox) had announced album titles. And sure, should I have mentioned Ghostface Killah and MF Doom’s new album? Probably. What about the Wu-Tang albums? Maybe.
But this is your time to shine. Comment below on what you’re looking forward to, tweet me or bombard me with angry emails. Seriously though, recommend away below.
Written by Mojib
I think there’s still a handful of releases left to check out.
Finch – Back to Oblivion
I’m not super excited for this, but I’m interested to hear it. I loved Say Hello to Sunshine back in 2005, but lost interest in them when they went back to the pop oriented material.
Ex Hex – Rips
Mary Timony rocks. Wild Flag was great. Every song I’ve heard off of this is straight forward guitar based rock with solid melodies. I highly doubt this will disappoint.
Thurston Moore – The Best Day
Bravado aside, he’s still an icon and any material he puts out I’m going to snag. His Chelsea Light Moving material was so-so, but his last solo effort was excellent (better than the last SY album actually).
Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Undecided on this one. I doubt I will like it, but it’s definitely something I’ll give a listen to. Who knows, maybe they won’t suck anymore?
You’re Dead! is going to completely change music’s landscape. It’s very disappointing it’s only mentioned alongside Arca, who has clearly taken so much from FlyLo. Obviously jazz doesn’t get much recognition on this site but this album is going to transcend genre and bring together artists in an unprecedented way. I’ve never been more excited about an album in my life.
Evergrey – Hymns For The Broken.
No masks, just some quality Swedish metal.
Pink Floyd’s album releases in November.
The Devin Townsend album is wrong. It links to Atomos.