Incoming! 2017’s Most Anticipated Music Releases

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Ever since the demise of The Worst Year Ever (a.k.a. 2016) I’ve had a good feeling about 2017. Now, three months in, my hope has remained intact. Sure, we’re all basically doomed from this horror of a presidency, but at least we can look forward to the gift of NEW MUSIC.

The year is only a few months old and it’s already been hard to keep up with the constant flood of new singles. In fact, multiple kick-ass albums were released by artists like The Shins, Dirty Projectors, Why?, Tennis, Drake, Homeshake, Real Estate, Thundercat, and more.

Here’s a few other albums to look forward to this year:

  1. FATHER JOHN MISTY, Pure Comedy

Release date: April 7, 2017

Ah, Josh Tillman. That wild son of a gun is at it again. Following the success of his previous records, I Love You Honeybear and Fear Fun, the former Fleet Foxes drummer returning with a more ironic and political album. He’s made plenty of headlines lately for his unfiltered, sarcastic rants (what else do you expect from him?) Honestly, it’s become a bit tiresome. Regardless, we’re in for a treat with the release of the satirical Pure Comedy.

Single you should listen to: “Pure Comedy”

  1. LORDE, Melodrama

Release date: June 16, 2017

New Zealand’s finest is making her triumphant return. Buckle up, kids—it’s already a spectacle. Lorde changed the game in 2013 with the release of Pure Heroine. The calculated and nostalgic melodies of her first album provided the perfect night-driving soundtrack for teens everywhere. Did I mention that she was only 16 years old at the time of its release? Now she’s returned older, but still exudes the composure and wisdom of a 35-year-old poet.

Based on her first two singles, “Green Light” and “Liability,” she seems to be taking more of a personal, pop-infused route on Melodrama. While she’s experiencing plenty of pressure ahead of her sophomore release, I’m hoping that she’ll stay true to the dark, bizarre elements that made Pure Heroine so convincing.

Single you should listen to: “Liability”

  1. PWR BTTM, Pageant

Release date: May 12, 2017

The glittery queer punk duo is back and better than ever (without really ever leaving). After making their debut in 2015 with Ugly Cherries, the band has attracted acclaim through an endearing and unconventional presence within the music community. Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins have created a radiantly positive and half-joking project where they can speak freely about gender politics while still serving killer guitar riffs. Their status of glamorous revolutionaries hasn’t gone unnoticed — they recently signed to Polyvinyl (a larger label) for their sophomore album.

Single you should listen to: “Answer My Text”

  1. FLEET FOXES, Crack-Up

Release date: June 16, 2017

Is Fleet Foxes really emerging from the depths of some mystical forest to release new music for the first time in six years? The rumors are true, folks! The band has only released two studio albums within the past nine years, so this is a pretty big deal. Expectations for lush harmonies and mountain visualizations are running high — they better not disappoint!

Single you should listen to: “Third of May / Ōdaigahara”

  1. HOOPS, Routines

Release date: May 5, 2017

The boys of Bloomington are making it big. If you’re unaware, Hoops is a super catchy dream-pop group that visited Oxford’s DIY scene last year before racking in worldwide notoriety. Since then, the band has toured with Porches, Whitney, Ducktails, and Tennis but they can still effortlessly hold their own. With the upcoming release of Hoops’ first full-length album, we’re excited to hear more sweet and shimmering melodies. And who knows? Maybe they’ll find their way back to a basement in Oxford again.

Single you should listen to: “Rules”

  1. ALT-J, Relaxer

Release date: June 9, 2017

We’re only a few months away from hearing alt-J’s third studio album. Based on their latest single, “3WW,” the English trio is experimenting with different sounds and deviating from anything they’ve ever done. While there are slight glimmers of a signature style, we’re excited to see how their new album holds up in terms of versatility.

Single you should listen to: “3WW”

  1. SLOWDIVE, Slowdive

Release date: May 5, 2017

Now THIS is a big deal. For this first time in 22 years, the shoegaze giant has returned to release their fourth studio album. I wasn’t even alive during the release of their last album! The group broke up in 1995 and has mainly stayed off the radar since then. Not only is Slowdive releasing new music, but they also announced a surprise show in London on March 29 in the same venue where the original line-up had its last performance in 1993.

Single you should listen to: “Sugar For The Pill”

  1. MAC DEMARCO, This Old Dog

Release date: May 5, 2017

Indie’s favorite wonky gap-toothed man is blessing us with more music. This Old Dog will be Mac DeMarco’s first full release since 2014’s Salad Days. According to DeMarco, this record is going to be different from anything he’s ever done, featuring more acoustic guitar, synthesizer, and drum machine. From the few singles he’s released, it’s obvious that his new music is going to be just as vibey as his past work — we’ll just have to wait and see if he’s going to make another wildly personal gesture like inviting his fans to have coffee at his house (announcing his address and all) at the end of his mini-album, Another One.

Single you should listen to: “My Old Man”

  1. GORILLAZ, Humanz

Release date: April 28, 2017

The virtual project led by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett is making its comeback for the first time since 2010. The two had a falling out in 2012 and said that any future Gorillaz projects were “unlikely”. Thankfully, Albarn and Hewlett worked out their differences and are giving us 14 new songs (a total of 19 with bonus tracks). The new album features some big names, boasting contributions of Carly Simon, Vince Staples, Grace Jones, Danny Brown, Pusha T, Kali Uchis, and more.

Single you should listen to: “Andromeda” (feat. D.R.A.M.)

  1. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

Release date: 2017

THIS IS HAPPENING—I think. Although nothing has been officially announced, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy has promised fans that the upcoming album will be “done soon.” Based on six upcoming festival performances, we can only hope that this means that they’ve wrapped up recording.

  1. ARCADE FIRE

Release date: 2017

This is easily one of the most anticipated alternative records of the year. While details are limited, the band promised that LP5 will be released in 2017. Arcade Fire’s drummer, Jeremy Gara, mentioned that the group is going to do at least two years worth of touring starting in April 2017. Last October, the band asked their audience at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience if they would like to be a part of the next album. Frontman Win Butler sang a melody and had the crowd repeat it back to him as a whole. Does this mean we’re going to get a new “Wake Up”-esque song with screams of comradery? I sure hope so.

Single you should listen to: “I Give You Power”

  1. VAMPIRE WEEKEND, Mitsubishi Macchiato (possibly)

Release date: TBD

Based on a timeline provided by Vampire Weekend’s frontman, Ezra Koenig, the band is wrapping up their fourth studio album. He’s already teased songs called “Conversation” and “Flower Moon” (which honestly sounds like the title of an anime).

As of January 2016, Vampire Weekend went down to three members after Rostam Batmanglij departed to embark on solo work. Rostam was the main drive behind the band’s composition and sound, so there’s a lot of pressure behind Ezra and the two Chris’ to impress the masses. Let’s just hope Koenig was joking about naming it Mitsubishi Macchiato.

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