The Shins – Heartworms
Release date: March 10th
If you haven’t of The Shins, then I won’t say to you what I politely say to my friends when they tell me that, instead I’ll just usher you gently in their direction. Let’s face it, they look like 4 pretty normal blokes who got lost in a corn field, right? Well, apart from composing some of the most beautiful sounds to ever grace my ears, The Shins are experts at creating indie music with their own very unique stamp on it. Frontman James Mercer recently said that the new album will be vintage in terms of their sound, and that’s just fine with us. Check out the Halloween inspired video for ‘Dead Alive’ from the upcoming album below
Joey Bada$$ – All American Bada$$
Release date: April 7th
Touted as the next big rapper from Brooklyn, he made waves with his mixtapes and subsequent debut album ‘Bada$$‘. From raw wordsmith to a creator of good songs, the growth has been there to see for all of his fans. After hearing his new song ‘Land of the free’, we like the politically cognizant direction that this album is heading in. Check out the controversial video for that single below
Gorillaz – TBA
Release date: TBA
It seems like forever since the Gorillaz have been let out of their cage. Frontman Damon Albarn created a massive buzz when he confirmed that the new album was “nearly ready” for a release in 2017. It has been 7 years since their latest album ‘The Fall’, and we’re stoked the wait is almost over for the world’s favourite (and just about only) virtual band to return. In the meantime, they have recently announced a Gorillaz-themed festival that will be held in the UK. Find out more here.
The Killers – TBA
Release date: TBA
It seems like The killers have been around far too long and been far too good to have only released four albums, but they have. It’s very much a case of quality over quantity, and that’s why we are super looking forward to their new album which, apparently, “definitely” will be released in 2017.
Ben Wright Smith – The Great Divorce
Release date: March 17th
Ben Wright Smith is a super exciting local prospect. Even though the release comes in the form of his debut LP, we’re pretty confident the Melbourne-based singer-songwriter will go on to achieve massive things through his channelling of placid folk and classic mellow rock tailoring. He’s got his own sound and style, and we bet that this new album is going to be a massive stepping stone for him. Check out Ben’s Soundcloud here.