Every summer needs a soundtrack album to be remembered by. If you haven't already chosen one, here's a midsummer look at the top five upcoming albums to be the backdrop for whatever you choose to do with your time, be it lounging, working, adventuring or otherwise.
Tired after releasing five albums in 10 years during the 2000s, Spoon entered the new decade with a hiatus after the release of 2010's Transference. Going their separate ways to work solo and renew their creative capabilities, the Austin bandmates reformed in 2013 to start work on their upcoming release. Their eigth studio album and their first without Merge since the 1990s, They Want My Soul will be the first Spoon record to feature outside producers and new member Alex Fischel, who played in the Divine Fits with frontman Britt Daniel. This bully-inspired record features the confident band rejuvenated with a looser and more experimental sound, Britt Daniel and Jim Eno report in a recent interview with NPR. Check out the album's first single above.
Following up 2011's excellent Black Up, the Seattle-based hip-hop duo will release an epic 18-track album divided into seven "suites." Besides the single posted above and their newest song #CAKE released two days ago, the only other preview of the album lies in The Stranger's report of their laser light performance at the Pacific Science Center as "the future of hiphop." Shabazz Palaces also comments on their upcoming release via Sub Pop: "IT’S VERY GOOD IS WHAT WE’RE SAYING." I'm sure we'll think so too.
The New Pornographers
Canada's second-best indie supergroup broke their four year hiatus to start work on their follow-up 2010's enjoyable but sometimes overbearing Together. With a fantastic lead single featuring interactive artwork (see above) and a massive list of tour dates with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the group seems ready to return with a bang. Described as a "celebration record" by bandleader A.C. Newman, the 13-track record will feature far less guest appearances than their previous release to hopefully allow for the careful, uncluttered arrangements The New Pornographers can so beautifully orchestrate.
With two excellent EPs of minimal R&B, the London-based former backup dancer has already carved out her own unique brand of pop music. If her gorgeous lead single and similarly enrapturing music video hint towards the quality of her upcoming debut, we may see twigs rise above the pop stars that she's formerly had to dance behind.
No tracklist, release date, album art, or even a lead single. We can only hope that Yeezy is gonna pull a Beyoncé and release a surprise album with no notice. But an album actually is in the works. Kanye is currently developing vocals for demos from the Yeezus session with producer Rick Rubin. As Kanye stated in December last year in a talk at Art Basel, he expects his next album to be eight songs long. As reported by several concertgoers at Bonnaroo this year, Mr. West supposedly hinted that his new album was "about to drop." All signs point to the Yeezus sequel being a summer release, but with no official album information yet, it's hard to tell. In the meantime, listen to a snippet of Kanye's new percussive track "God Level" in the Adidas ad above.