By Brendan Kane
At the start of a new year, it’s always exciting to anticipate all the new music that will be released. This year will be full of new jams from all different kinds of artists and bands. Here are five albums to look out for in 2017:
St. Vincent (Title TBA)
Annie Clark, better known by her stage name “St. Vincent,” has seen her career on a consistent upward trajectory since the release of her debut album, Marry Me, a decade ago. Each one of her albums improves on the previous one by branching out her art rock sound to create inventive and exciting music with some of the best guitar riffs from any albums in 21st century rock. For her upcoming album, which currently lacks a title or a release date, Clark has promised a “real sea change” in her sound and her “deepest, boldest work.”
In Mind by Real Estate
In the time since their last release, Real Estate has lost their lead guitarist Matt Mondanile. Mondanile decided to leave the group in order to focus on a side project, a band called Ducktails. However, any fears that his departure will damage the band’s success can be assuaged by the release of their new single, “Darling,” off their upcoming album In Mind. The single shows that their trademark laid-back guitar pop sound is still wholly intact and thriving. In Mind is set to release on March 17th.
This Old Dog by Mac DeMarco
Even with his goofy persona and guitar tone, Mac Demarco always creates classical love songs that lyrically touch upon existential themes. With his upcoming release, This Old Dog, he seems to be taking his music in a different direction. Backing away from the distinct guitar sound that marked his previous work, he is instead utilizing a mixture of acoustic guitar and synths. This change is apparent in two tracks he released from the upcoming album, “My Old Man” and title track “This Old Dog.” Both tracks offer vibes similar to those of Nick Drake tunes and early solo Beatles albums. This Old Dog is set to release on May 5th.
Gorillaz (Title TBA)
Damon Albarn, the mastermind behind the virtual band Gorillaz, has allegedly been hard at work creating their newest album. Over the past few months, there have been various PR stunts in anticipation of the upcoming record. A “member” of the band recently made an OkCupid account, and all of the other “members” rejoined social media in September. In addition, they recently released a song called “Hallelujah Money,” although it will not be included on the upcoming album. Rumors have even been circulating that the likes of Snoop Dogg, Vic Mensa, and De La Soul will be collaborating on this new music. While a great deal of mystery surrounds the details of the record, the band’s animator Jamie Hewlett has confirmed that it will be released this year.
LCD Soundsystem (Title TBA)
After breaking up in 2011, LCD Soundsystem reformed last year. Their return was met with some backlash by hardcore fans because of the seemingly perfect finality of their demise. Those who support the band’s resurrection, however, can rejoice as there is more music on the way. Over the past year, the band has been touring as well as working on a new album. So far, almost no information has been released about the album other than the fact that it will be available in 2017. However, based on the success of their previous work, it seems more than likely that it will be a highlight in music this year.