2016 was a great year for new music, but we’re hoping that 2017 will top it. These are the albums releases we are most excited for this year.
Mother Mother – February 10th
Mother Mother is getting ready to release their sixth studio album No Culture on February 10th, 2017. This group isn’t afraid to mix things up as each subsequent album creates a new landscape from familiar themes. Let’s just say if their recently released singles Letter and The Drugs are the appetizers then the main course promises to be quite delicious.
Broken Social Scene – TBA
It’s been 6 years since we’ve heard new music from this Canadian indie-rock collection. Their new album is said to release this summer. With steady touring throughout 2016 we are anxious to see what they have been working on behind the scene. CoS reported that Feist, a former collaborator, will feature on the new album and that’s a reunion we can all get behind.
The Shins – March 10th
We’ve been waiting quite a long time for this one. The Shins have not released an album since Port of Morrow in 2012 and their new album, Heartworms, is reportedly set to be released on March 10th. Front man James Mercer has been quite busy with side projects including Broken Bells, but this is certainly something to look forward to.
Phoenix – TBA
Having teased a photo of what may be a possible album cover on their Instagram account, Phoenix are getting their fans prepared for a follow up to their 2013 album Bankrupt. The last we’ve heard from them was a performance on Netflix’s “A Very Murray Christmas” in 2015 and we are all itching for some new music.
The National – TBA
It’s been four long years since The National released any new music but expect the wait to end sometime this year. During their hiatus, lead vocalist Matt Berninger took the opportunity to create some new music alongside Brent Knopf as part of EL VY, whose album Return to the Moon was among the best of 2015. Here’s hoping Matt Berninger and The National will be among the best of 2017.
Said The Whale – March 29th
Said The Whale is set to release their new album As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide March 29th, 2017. The band has recently announced they have become a trio with the recent departure of Spencer Schoening. It will certainly be interesting to see what the new dynamic brings us, but if the single Into The Darkness tells us anything, we can expect some formidable new sounds with this upcoming album.
Depeche Mode – TBA
Depeche Mode is planning to release their new album Spirit early this year. Following their record Delta Machine in 2013, we can’t wait to hear what they have been up to. James Ford is producing this time around and we are interested to see what he brings to the table. They will kick off the launch with a Global European Tour, but don’t worry they are said to make some North American stops along the way.
Vampire Weekend – TBA
When Rostam Batmanglij announced that he was leaving Vampire Weekend to work on some personal endeavours, it left fans uncertain about the group’s future. While we cannot claim to predict the future with the precision of Chinese fortune cookies, we remain optimistic that Vampire Weekend will be releasing a new album in 2017. The time for new music is soon to be upon us.
Arcade Fire – TBA
After Reflector’s release in 2013, Arcade Fire has been keeping occupied with a busy touring schedule. Known for their notoriously long release periods between albums, they are still hard at work on their newest record. Hinting at a spring release, we hope it won’t take much longer to hear what they’ve been cooking. Their new track “I Give You Power” released earlier this month will give you a little taste.
The Killers – TBA
Yes. We are getting new Killers this year. Originally planned for a late 2016 release, the band has pushed back the date to no specified month in 2017. NME goes in depth on the anticipated album, reporting on the ‘heavier’ sounding songs the band are set to release and postulating on the Elton John and Ryan Tedder feature rumours.
Gorillaz – TBA
Each new Gorillaz album comes with its share of hype. They are already well into the social media flooding phase. (see their Instgram and Facebook feeds). Since The Fall’s released in 2014, fans have been waiting patiently for some new music and the BBC confirmed that this should happen sooner rather then later. NME reported that they are going to stick to a higher tempo for a majority of the album, reminiscent of the Fall and Demon Days. Possibly moving away from the orchestral feel of Plastic Beach. Also, they confirmed that Snoop Dogg and De La Soul will be returning to feature on the album.
Those are our picks for 2017’s most anticipated albums. Let us know which ones we missed!
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