Most Anticipated Releases of Fall 2013
This has been a very good year for music. Even better. I noticed that the three coming months are very promising. So I decided to make a list with all the releases and their known information up until now. The list starts with record from tomorrow Monday.
AM is the upcoming fifth studio album by the English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys. The album features guest appearances by Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Bill Ryder-Jones (The Coral) and Pete Thomas. It was produced by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco) and co-produced byRoss Orton at Sage & Sound Recording in Los Angeles and Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California. Unlike just about every other UK next big thing from the 2000s, the Arctic Monkeys’ fifth studio album can be honestly considered “highly anticipated.” Frontman Alex Turner promises a more electronic, hip-hop based LP– as he told NME, “it sounds like a Dr. Dre beat, but we’ve given it an Ike Turner bowl cut and sent it galloping across the desert on a Stratocaster.”
Holy Ghost! disco outfit has always been close to their child self in all their releases. Their tracks feeling playful and full of childlike joy and immaturity. But recently, after the release of “Dumb Disco Ideas”, Nick Milhiser said in an interview: “For most of my adult life, I’ve identified with the person I was when I was a teenager. Now, I have very little in common with that person… for the first time I felt closer to old age than to my 15-year-old self.” Sounding a lot more dark and personal on “Dumb Disco Ideas”, but still playful, their new release might prove worth the listen.
Tales of Us
Tales of Us will be English electronic music duo Goldfrapp’s sixth studio album, scheduled for a 9 September 2013 UK Mute release. Goldfrapp began recording their sixth studio album in April 2011, recording in the English countryside, then mixing in London. Fourteen months later, their 11 June 2013 announcement stated the album title and an idiosyncrasy: excepting “Stranger”, all song titles would be given pet monomyms. A re-launch of the Goldfrapp website, was synchronized with the announcement, featuring a Lisa Gunning directed video trailer. Next month, the band performed some Tales of Us songs, at July’s 2013 Manchester International Festival.On 15 July 2013, a promotional radio edit of the track “Drew” received its première, ten-minutes into Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 Music morning show and Laverne announced that “Drew” would be publicly released on 2 September. Within hours, the full Lisa Gunning “Drew” music video was uploaded to the band’s website and to YouTube. Then, on 2 September 2013 via Twitter, Goldfrapp announced that expectations of a “Drew” release that day were the result of misunderstanding(s) and it would not be made available for sale before the album.
After three self-released mixtapes, Kiss Land marks Abel Tesfaye’s next step. The record, which is out on September 10 through major label Republic, includes a feature from his buddy Drake and a Pharrell remix, along with “Belong to the World”, the song with a controversial beat that sounds uncannily similar to Portishead‘s “Machinegun”.
The Weeknd described the album, saying:
“Kiss Land symbolizes the tour life, but it’s a world that I created in my head. Just like House of Balloons symbolizes Toronto and my experiences there, but it’s a world that I created. When I think about Kiss Land, I think about a terrifying place. It’s a place I’ve never been to before that I’m very unfamiliar with. A lot of it is inspired by filmmakers like John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and Ridley Scott, because they know how to capture fear. That’s what Kiss Land is to me, an environment that’s just honest fear. I don’t know who I am right now and I’m doing all these outlandish things in these settings that I’m not familiar with. To me, it’s the most terrifying thing ever. So when you hear the screams in the record and you hear all these horror references and you feel scared, listen to the music because I want you to feel what I’m feeling. Kiss Land is like a horror movie.”
He also explained the album’s second single “Belong to the World”, saying: “Belong to the World” is about falling in love with the wrong person. There are some songs where I talk about the same person, but I like to make every song about someone else. Thursday is a conceptual album. Whatever that situation was, I spent the whole album focusing on that situation.” He also explained where the title Kiss Land came from, saying: “I didn’t want to call it Dark World or something so generic. The title came from a conversation that I overheard and those words stuck out. Someone said, “Kiss Land” and I thought, “That’s going to be the title of my album.” It sounds so ridiculous. When I put [the title] out everyone was like, “What the hell? This is going to be corny. It’s going to be all lovey-dovey.”
The Electric Lady
Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy
The Electric Lady is the upcoming second studio album by American recording artist Janelle Monáe, and will be released on September 10, 2013, by Wondaland Arts Society and Bad Boy Records. It is the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut studio album, The ArchAndroid. This album serves as the fourth and fifth installment of her seven-part Metropolis concept series. Thematically, The Electric Lady will continue the utopian cyborg concepts of its predecessors. On the Metropolis Suite her character was an android. Then on The ArchAndroid her character became and android messiah. While here she’s still dabbling in science fiction, like the end-of-days pop song “Dance Apocalyptic”. But her lead single “Q.U.E.E.N.” seems to be presenting itself in more plainspoken, personal territory concerning more real world problems in addition to experimenting with genres beyond conventional funk and soul music genres such as jazz, pop, punk and gospel, as well as woozy and sensual vocal ballads. The album features guest appearances by Prince, Erykah Badu, Solange, Miguel and Esperanza Spalding. Soulful collaborations like that always spice up an album like this.
I first heard of FKA Twigs, when she was still known as “Twigs”. I think it was at the end of 2012 on when I first heard her song “Breathe“. Both she and the video awakened the same nostalgic feeling I feel every time I listen to Massive Attack‘s Mezzanine. I swear with that voice she could easily pass for one of Tricky‘s frequent songstresses. The artist moved from rural England to London when she was 17, keeping a low profile until 2012’s EP 1 landed her on the cover of i-D magazine. The 4-track EP 2, out September 9 via Young Turks, is the next step in FKA Twigs’ shadowy legacy of intimate but roiling trip-hop. EP 2 features production from Yeezus collaborator Arca, and it’s lead single “Water Me” has been endorsed by fellow indie femmes from Grimes to Haim and has incited distant allusions to The xx.
On September 27, 2010, an interview article in Spin quoted them as saying that they will have less freedom on this album, claiming that Columbia was not happy with the reception of the band’s second album, Congratulations. MGMT later denied these statements in an email to Pitchfork, who cited the article on their own site as a side note to a different story. Stating that they were not “even close to starting the process of making a new album” and that “label-relations are currently quite friendly”. Finally telling readers “Don’t believe everything that you read (even on Pitchfork.com). They’re not backing away from their weirder inclinations on their new album, which was recorded as a duo at Dave Fridmann’s Tarbox Road Studios in upstate New York. “Alien Days” opens with otherworldly synths, and “Your Life Is a Lie” pairs a jovial melody with dismal and paranoid lyrics. When they performed on Letterman, they wore psychedelic outfits and played an enormous cowbell emblazoned with the words “BE AWARE”. As they told Rolling Stone, “We’re not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it.” Well I like psychedelic stuff, AND Aphex Twin (which they claimed influenced them on the making of this album), so I’m looking forward to this.
The Bones of What You Believe
Luaren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty, the Glasgow trio who call themselves Chvrches, made a splash this year with a handful of skittering electro-pop singles, including “Recover” and “Gun“, that recalled Purity Ring and The Knife (well it CAN’T be coincidence that they have a song called “The Mother We Share“). I am very curious to see if they can transfer that focus and success they have in their singles into a full-length album, on Sept. 23 via Glassnote.
Nothing Was the Same
OVO Sound/Young Money/Republic/Cash Money
While touring the United Kingdom in support of Take Care, Drake announced in an interview that he had begun work on his third studio album. In April 2012 Drake had stated that the album will have a different style and tempo than that of Take Care. This is due to his different mindset and his recent move to Los Angeles, California. He told GQ,
“This is my fucking moment to say if I wanted to rap all the time, really rap, I would, but I also love to make music. I’ll do this for you right now. But it’s for me, too. It’s my story…I’m trying to get back to that kid in the basement. To say what he has to say. And I’m trying to make it last.”
Now, since the February release of his chart climbing hit “Started from the Bottom”, he’s been spending the rest of that time teasing us about the album. From the album cover featuring himself young, and older; with its blue skies being light and all and Drake claiming in a recent interview: “That’s not to say that [the album] is ‘light’ by any means.” The biggest tease for me was that the track “5AM in Toronto” was not going to be in the album (which was my initial interest in his album; not counting the excellent Take Care). And then apparently when he released the tracklist, Lil Wayne is nowhere to be seen. Producers Complex also reported he worked with during the recording process included Hit-Boy, Just Blaze, Chilly Gonzales, Mike WiLL Made It, Zaytoven, Bink!, Detail, James Blake, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland. . Then in August 2013, Drake told Rolling Stone that the album would contain features by Jay-Z and Lil Wayne (yeah right Drizzy), with production from Hudson Mohawke.
Seasons of Your Day
Rhymes of An Hour Recordings
Seasons of Your Day is the upcoming fourth studio album by American alt rock band Mazzy Star, to be released on September 24, 2013. It will be their first album since 1996’s Among My Swan, and is the second release on their own independent record label Rhymes of An Hour, following the release of 2011’s double A-sided single “Common Burn”/”Lay Myself Down”.
Recorded sporadically between 1997 and 2012 in various locations, including California and Norway, the album features contributions from all of the band’s original members, as well as Sandoval’s Warm Inventions partner Colm Ó Cíosóig, while the late Bert Jansch features on a “guitar duet” with Roback on the song “Spoon.” Like their early contemporaries, Galaxie 500, the members of Mazzy Star had moved to other projects– singer Hope Sandoval released a 2009 LP with her band, the Warm Inventions– while the group’s legacy took its own mythical course. Sandoval’s voice was immortalized on their classic single “Fade Into You”, and its influence has recently been crystal clear (Widowspeak’s Molly Hamilton is a fine example).
In Utero [20th Anniversary Reissue]
Much like 2011’s Nevermind reiisue, Nirvana‘s camp is going all in with the 20th anniversary reissue of In Utero this year– the “super deluxe edition” collects 70 tracks over the course of three CDs and a DVD, not to mention reproductions of Cobain’s handwritten lyrics, Albini’s four-page note to the band before the session, and liner notes by a recurring Nirvana opener, comedian Bob Goldthwait. The DVD, featuring 1993’s “Live & Loud” concert at Seattle’s Pier 84, will also include footage from their European tour and an extended version of the “Heart-Shaped Box” video. Along with B-sides and demos comes a “2013 album mix” of In Utero in full– whatever that means– and an unearthed instrumental called “Forgotten Tune”.
The 20/20 Experience, Part 2
After the first part you can tell why everyone (including me of course) is excited about this. The 20/20 Experience produced some of this years most memorable pop anthems including the contagious sing-along-in-a-bad-falsetto love song “Mirrors”, the high class wedding reception song “Suit & Tie”, and the soundscapy and beautifully orchestrated “Tunnel Vision”.
Part 2’s teaser “Take Back The Night” might have caused a few controversies and a series of accusations on his mad race to fulfill his contractual obligations, but he showed us that in this generation fun pop and bouncy music can still be produced without sounding too cheesy.
Days Are Gone
Everyone loves a three piece indie pop band made of sisters. The L.A. sister-trio known as Haim (pronounced Hi-um) became darlings of the summer festival circuit through softly-rollicking, hook-heavy guitar pop with a peppy R&B sensibility. It’s also the first female group to win BBC’s influential “Sound Of” award for 2013. ForDays Are Gone, Haim teams with heavy-hitting producers Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Solange) and James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Florence + Machine).
Since Danny Brown released XXX in 2011, he’s been unstoppable. Appearing in every major and underground festival, the man seems to be everywhere at once. And at the same time finding time to record tracks like the superb “Kush Coma“. His upcoming OLD is riding a massive crest of Danny Brown hype, and the advance music, including “Kush Coma” with A$AP and “ODB,” finds him at the same frenzied peak he’s somehow been maintaining for years now. The guest list reflects the many friendships Danny’s made over the past few years: Rustie, Schoolboy Q, Kitty, Ab-Soul, Purity Ring, Charli XCX, Mr. MFN Exquire, and Oh No have all been confirmed. As for content, Danny Brown reported in an interview last winter “If people are just looking for dick-sucking jokes, there isn’t too many of them.”
R Plus Seven
Daniel Lopatin’s work as a producer under the name Oneohtrix Point Never has been interesting, to say the least, starting with his early synthy drone work of Rifts, to the psychedelic liquid rifts of Returnal, and finally moving to his masterpiece of an album in 2011 Replica, that pretty much comprises of sample-based work. Lopatin’s music has been described as “gentle eddies of sound”, and “like a cracked mirror refracting the sounds of the past”. “Zebra” and “Problem Areas” come very close to his previous works on Rifts, so I’m quite curious as to where this progression will lead in R Plus Seven.
Frankie Rose was an original member of acclaimed garage rock acts Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, and the Vivian Girls. She has announced news of her recent signing to Fat Possum Records and confirmed that a new record was in the works. The Brooklyn-based artist followed up yesterday with the official announcement of her new album, Herein Wild which will be out in the UK on 7th October on Fat Possum. Along with the news of a Fat Possum debut, Rose also shared a new track with fans titled “Sorrow” the first off the forthcoming LP. “Sorrow” is a catchy summertime anthem, possessing a nostalgic quality that serves to perfectly complement Rose’s vocals. She also put out another track, a haunting, percussive cover of the Damned’s “Street of Dreams“. The sound is reminiscent of her great 2012 record Interstellar, but this time around tinged with a bleak, gothic chill. Herein Wild‘s out September 24 in North America and October 7 in the EU and UK through Fat Possum.
Glasser has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Cocteau Twins. She is a kind of combination of the two if you think about it. Joni Mitchell’s soft motherly pained voice being lost in the Cocteau Twins’s obscurity and wonder of aesthetics. Cameron Mesirow first gathered attention with her 2010 Ring which spread across a new-agey surface with a hard electro-pop clash. Citing her new city’s towering architecture as an inspiration, Mesirow teamed up with producer Van Rivers (who’s worked with Fever Ray and Blonde Redhead) to make a record that she’s described as being “much more sharply personal than its predecessor.” And true to its architectural inclinations, she’s put a lot of thought into the album’s visuals. The cover, artwork and videos, including the warped, metallic clip for first single “Shape“, are all a collaboration between Glasser and artist Jonathan Turner.
Nicolas Jaar is the man who never sleeps (sorry Jamie xx). It seems like on every corner i turn to i’ll hear one of his remixes or a new collaboration. Following his 2011 debut, and great success, Space Is Only Noise, he teamed up with long time friend and collaborator Dave Harrington and formed Darkside which ended up in and extended play called DARKSIDE. Earlier this year they also released Random Access Memories Memories which was basically Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories remixed in its entirety. All of those releases were met with very positive reviews (Space Is Only Noise being my personal favorite). Here, along with Dave Harrington they have announced the release date of their full-length debut entitled Psychic. After unveiling the first 11 minutes of the record last month, my curiosity was intrigued and placed the upcoming record on the top of my list.
Mom + Pop Music
Did you expect them to stop after their last record? It’s called Reign of Terror not Moment of Terror! The band’s music has been known for its juxtaposition of simple pop hooks with loud, rhythmic noise, electronic beats, harsh guitar riffs and dreamy vocals with a slight hint of R&B, which has been described mainly as “noise pop“. Before the end of 2012, Bitter Rivals was said to feature more writing from Krauss and will a cleaner sound with more emphasis on melody. That’s a little obvious since it’s title track, which was recently released as a music video, directed by the band a made in conjunction with the Creators Project.
The followup to Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin’s 2011 eponymous debut purports to be a slightly grittier affair called Static, a self-proclaimed “breakup album” out 10/15 via Columbia. Working with longtime producer Shane Stoneback and Ben Allen (who’s worked with Animal Collective, Washed Out, and Youth Lagoon) the band speaks eloquently of the inspiration behind their forthcoming sophomore release: “There’s a feeling our generation has. The feeling there’s always something better around the corner, that everyone is born to be a star. The feeling that life is waiting for you, and yet it’s not happening. All of that is static.”
In the beginning when DJ Rashad showed himself and popped up here and there in a few sets and mixes by The Gaslamp Killer and maybe Flying Lotus I didn’t really enjoy his extremely vague take on techno and hip hop music. But since he dropped “Let It Go” and the excellent “I Don’t Give A Fu*k” I realized what all the fuzz was about. Why? Well for the first time it was clearer. While retaining thos abstract aspects in his music he teamed it up with a hint of focus and soon rose up in the footwork ranks through Teklife.Given that Chicago’s footwork scene has started to rise to national prominence, Chi scene vet DJ Rashad has watched the stakes raise a little thanks to the expanded audience. However, if everything’s as good as Rashad’s new “I Don’t Give A Fu*k“, the first single from his new Double Cup, Rashad’s got nothing to worry about, as the song exists as a temple of the frenetic pulses and ominous musical textures that Rashad has mastered. Double Cup is heavy and dark, indebted to techno, trap and drum and bass, the end result coming out as something in its own universe.
Winner of the 2011 Album of the Year Grammy, Arcade Fire kept things awesomely low-key: When a fan tweeted at them “you’re my favorite”, they replied, “Thanks. Our new album will be out October 29.” The album was shrouded in mystery. Rumors about its title through an instagram account and video, a trailer and saying they will release a new single and video tomorrow. But since the single cover was revealed (of the single not the album) everything was toned down a bit.But so far the most concrete (and promising) statement has come from Murphy: “It’s really fucking epic.”
M.I.A. has been coasting along on the success of her smash “Bad Girls” for a couple of years now. The album’s second single “Bring the Noize”, produced by French producer Surkin and Switch, was the first official single and was released on 17 June 2013. Soon after the single was released, the official video for “Bring the Noize” premiered on 25 June via Noisey. The music video for Bring the Noize was released with a copyright by M.I.A. herself with exclusive license to Interscope Records, indicating a distribution deal between her and the label. She’ll have a chance to start fresh with her new album Matangi, which she claimed was delayed by Interscope because it was “too positive.” The record will arrive on November 5– if she doesn’t leak it first– and will include previously heard songs like “Bring the Noize”, “Come Walk With Me”, and more.