It's the beginning of the new year, which means there are loads of upcoming releases to get excited about in 2017. We’ve picked out some new releases for 2017 that are worth listening to over the coming weeks. Scroll down for our picks and let us now in the comments what you’re looking forward to...
“I See You” - The XX
Release Date: 13 January 2016
After a brief hiatus which saw producer Jamie XX release a solo record of his own, the indie pop group from London will return with their first album in five years come Friday. With the two tracks we’re presented with already (“On Hold” and “Say Something Loving”), We can’t help but be excited about this new production direction replete with the emotional directness unique to The XX on a full, 10 track album release.
“Hang” - Foxygen Release Date: 20 January 2016
Can’t really take our mind off this particular comment on the “Follow The Leader” music video as we prepare for this article. It’s a question of whether the album is social satire - quite substantiated especially considering: release date falls on Inaugaration Day in the US, the first single was titled America, and the video literally being a game of “Follow the leader.”
Prepare for a politically conscious concept album heavily endowed with a symphony orchestra on all eight tracks at this rate.
“Process” - Sampha Release Date: 3 February 2017
Producer and Young Turks signee Sampha will be one to watch in the new year as he’s anticipated to drop his debut album “Process” next month, just off the cusp of a successful 2016 that saw him collaborate with a number of high profile artists - appearing on added closer on “The Life of Pablo,” getting a spot on Frank Ocean’s visual album “Endless,” and topping it all off performing on one of the year’s best tracks, Solange’s ‘Don’t Touch My Hair.’
In addition, he’s also just released a mouthwatering ballad that will certainly leave fans hungry for more.
“FORGET” - Xiu Xiu Release date: 24 February 2017
Discussing the next step following their imaginative Twin Peaks cover album, frontman Jamie Stewart has dug down into the nitty gritty on the focus of their 12th full-length studio album, whose album cover also translates in calligraphy to “we forget.”
“To forget uncontrollably embraces the duality of human frailty. It is a rebirth in blanked out renewal but it also drowns and mutilates our attempt to hold on to what is dear.” It’s also hinted to be a return to more pop-oriented songwriting, guessing from the infectious first single off the record, “Wondering.”
“Seventh Studio Album (Little Bubble)” - Dirty Projectors Release date: TBA
Longstreth seems to be concocting this hyper-digital R&B mix of analog and futuristic sounds with his seventh studio album, judging from the one that just dropped and first single “Keep Your Name,” a track that featured synths from former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton.
There’s also a pretty interesting concept of continuity here in the single art (i assume would be album artwork). It’s the picture of two head barriers, a duality of connection. It was a drawing for 2004’s Slave Graves & Ballads, a picture of then bandmates Angel Deradoorian and Amber Coffman mimicking the artwork for 2009’s Bitte Orca and now it’s kept to a subtle minimalism for 2017’s Little Bubble.
“City of No Reply” - Amber Coffman Release date: TBA
No statement was officially announced from the band, but if you look at the two first singles Longstreth and Coffman have released - the situation seems a little predictable.
“All To Myself” might be one of the happiest anthems of 2016, and if any sign indicative of the upcoming Columbia Records release, will then be a follow up in the revivalism aspect akin to Hamilton + Rostam’s early rock and roll influenced “I Had A Dream That You Were Mine.” It would be really interesting seeing again - the duality concept between the two amidst the first two releases: one of which was heartbreaking, the other life-affirming.
Our eyes lit up almost instantaneously when the FF frontman posted a picture of the interior of Phil Elverum’s (Mount Eerie, The Microphones) home studio. That, and other instagram antics: him singing a mighty long ‘No’ on the night of Election Day (which was deleted), him confirming in the comments that the album will be filled with filmic/episodic tracks like “The Shrine/An Argument” to some extent, a cut of some water drumming and many many more…
Imagine their acclaimed cover of Donnie & Joe Emerson’s “Baby,” but it’s Part II in a post-apocalyptic world where murdered bodies pop in a desolate swamp of sorts.
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