2014 was a great year for music as you’ve probably seen on countless best-of lists by now. It’s time to live in the now, man. Let’s focus on all the amazing music that is coming our way in 2015.
These are some of the most anticipated records this year. What album are you looking forward to in 2015? Let us know in the comments at the bottom.
ADELE – TBD, TBD
There was a long-running rumour that a new record from Adele was expected in 2014. A report surfaced from her label, XL recordings, and it was made very clear that new music would not come from her until 2015. Can the “Rolling In The Deep” singer match her seven Grammy performance this time around? Only time will tell, friends.
BELLE & SEBASTIAN – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, January 19
Produced by Ben H. and Allen III (Animal Collective and Gnarls Barkley), Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance will be the ninth album from the Glaswegian indie outfit. The record comes out January 20 as a double LP and also a limited deluxe vinyl box set, featuring four discs with bonus tracks, extended mixes, and a poster.
BRANDON FLOWERS – TBD, TBD
In a recent interview with NME The Killers frontman confirmed a new record was in the works and that it will be released sometime in 2015. This is the follow up to his 2010 effort, Flamingo, and Flowers says it’s less influenced by his hometown of Las Vegas. “People are going to interpret it how they will, but there’s only a little bit of Vegas in there.” Be on the look out for more info soon.
CHANCE THE RAPPER – Surf, TBD
Chance is one of the biggest names in hip-hop right now, selling out shows, headlining festivals, and he still hasn’t signed to a label yet. Surf will be the follow up to the well-received mixtape, Acid Rap, and will be his first release under the new moniker “Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment”. Both song we’ve heard so far have very different sounds, so we’re anxious to hear more.
DAN DEACON – Gliss Riffer, February 24
Dan Deacon will release the follow up to 2012’s America on February 24 and it will be entitled Gliss Riffer. According to the album’s press release, Dan channels the simpler and more self-productive ways of making music like we heard on his breakout 2007 LP, Spiderman of the Rings.
DAN MANGAN + BLACKSMITH – Club Meds, January 13
This is the 4th studio record to come from Dan Mangan, but the first under the new moniker “Dan Mangan + Blacksmith”. After years of touring and creating with the same musicians, Mangan felt it was time to give credit to his backing band. Already, it’s a darker and moodier Mangan than we’re used to and you can hear that in tracks like “Vessel” and “Mouthpiece”. The record will drop on January 13.
THE DEAD WEATHER – TBD, TBD
Another album with no title or release date, the Jack White and Alison Mosshart-fronted group have released a series of singles which are supposedly a part of the upcoming album. Thirdman Records announced the plans for a new record from The Dead Weather in early 2014, but for now it looks like we are playing the waiting game.
DEAR ROUGE – Back to Gold, TBD
After an exciting year for this Vancouver duo, Dear Rouge signed a deal with Universal Music to release their debut record Back To Gold. They dominated the alternative airwaves in 2014 with their huge first single “I Heard I Had”, the only band that managed to be played more than them were Arctic Monkeys and Kongos.
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – Kintsugi, March 31
Kintsugi is due out March 31st and we know that it’s last DCFC album to feature founding member Chris Walla. Walla, who left the band late in 2014, was still a part of every aspect of the recording process. Frontman Ben Gibbard stated that this record is far better than their previous release, Codes and Keys. He went on to say, “if that album turned anybody off, I feel pretty strongly this could win them back.”
THE DECEMBERISTS – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, January 20
The Decemberists will be gracing us with their fifth LP on January 20th and with it comes a big tour stopping at Massey Hall on February. Singer Colin Meloy premiered a couple songs busking on the streets of Brooklyn. Since then, the band has shared some more songs and videos, but we’re looking forward to hearing the whole album in full on January 20.
THE ELWINS – Play For Keeps, February 24
After a lengthy wait, Keswick, Ontario’s The Elwins will deliver us their sophomore record, Play For Keeps, on February 24. The new LP is filled with indie pop at its finest and will get you out of any sort of funk you may find yourself in.
FRANK OCEAN – TBD, TBD
Apparently Frank Ocean is working with producers Hit Boy and Rodney Jenkins, both very successful in their own right. We know that Ocean has been recording new music and not long ago we got the first taste with the song “Memrise”. It’s widely believed that we’ll see a new record from him this year.
FATHER JOHN MISTY – I Love You, Honeybear, February 9
Former Fleet Foxes member Josh Tilman, a.k.a. Father John Misty, will be releasing the follow up to 2012’s Fear Fun on February 9. The album was co-produced by both Tilman and Jonathon Wilson who worked on Fear Fun. All CDs and LPs will come with a fold-out poster featuring photos by Emma Tillman, extensive “Exercises for Listening,” written by Josh Tillman, and more.
GRIMES – TBD, TBD
Since her 2012 record visions, Grimes has shared the EDM-inspired track “Go” and has premiered new songs at festivals. It looks like Grimes has been experimenting with more instruments on the upcoming effort, using guitars where she had not before. Rumor has it she’s even written an glam-rock song.
JAMES BLAKE – Radio Silence, TBD
In late November, James Blake said a new record should be ready for release “in the next five months.” Simple math would say we’ll have it by April or May. It looks like there may be a collaboration with Kanye West, Blake said in an interview, “I know that there’s a specific song I would like him to be on, and if he can do that by the time my record comes out, that would be fantastic.”
JOEL PLASKETT – The Park Avenue Sobriety Test, March 3
The title of the record comes from a song that Plaskett has been road testing for quite some time now. His last record was under the moniker Joel Plaskett Emergency, but this one looks like a solo effort. We’ll get the new LP on March 3.
KENDRICK LAMAR – TBD, TBD
After recording over 40 songs and collaborating with the great Dr. Dre, Lamar is set to release a new record this year. This will be his third studio record and it’s apparently more positive then his last release, good kid, m.A.A.d City. So far we’ve heard two songs:, “i” and “Pay For It”.
METZ – TBD,TBD
Though there’s no due date or title yet, new music from the Toronto trio is rumoured to arrive this fall. The record was recorded between tours in the U.S. and Australia and production duties were split between Crystal Castles member Alex Bonenfant and Graham Walsh of Holy Fuck.
MY MORNING JACKET – TBD, April
My Morning Jacket has been pretty quiet since 2011’s Circutial but that is all about to change. The group is preparing the release of two new records; one will come our way in April and the other in 2016. The recording process was a little more spontaneous than on previous works, many times improvising live from the floor.
MODEST MOUSE – Strangers to Ourselves, March 3
After teasing us with the possibility of a new record in 2014, Modest Mouse finally gave us the official date of their first new record in five years. We will get Strangers to Ourselves on March 3rd and so far we’ve been teased with the very “Modest Mousey” first single “Lampshades On Fire”.
MUMFORD AND SONS – TBD, TBD
Details on this have been few and far between, but the follow up to the Grammy-nominated record Babel is due out this year. Recording began at the start of 2014 and they’ve yet to give us a release date – they felt it added unwanted pressure. We know this: it will be folky, it will have a banjo, and it will have harmonies that will bring you to your knees.
NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – Chasing Yesterday, March 2
This is the forthcoming record from former Oasis member Noel Gallagher. If you’re hoping for an Osasis reunion, it doesn’t look very likely, but there is a great record coming from one of the masterminds behind the band. This will be the sophomore record from the group and it arrives on March 3.
PANDA BEAR – Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, January 9
Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper is Panda Bears fifth album. The drum programming on the upcoming effort is said to be heavily influenced by 90s hip hop, especially artists like A Tribe Called Quest, J Dilla, and Q-Tip. Many of the tracks from Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper have already been leaked, but it’s official release was Janurary 9.
PASSION PIT – TBD, TBD
In June the band took to Twitter to announce that a new record is in progress and that it will be out sometime in 2015. Details have been very sparse but it has been confirmed with a photo of the band in the studio with the caption “Passion Pit 2015”.
PURITY RING – Another Eternity, March 3
It’s been two years since their debut record Shrines, but it appears that there is a new Purity Ring record on the horizon. In late 2014 the band gave us a new track entitled “Push Pull”, and more recently we heard “Begin Again“, both of which will appear on the new album.
RADIOHEAD – TBD, TBD
After releasing The King Of Limbs in 2011, Radiohead are back in the studio and are readying a release for 2015. This comes a year after the band apparently recorded material at Jack White’s Third Man studios in Nashville, but we’ve yet to hear anything. Regardless, the promise of a new LP from one of the world’s biggest bands is enough to make you giddy.
TY SEGALL – Mr. Face EP, January 13
It might not be an entire new record, but this double 7inch vinyl might even leave Jack White a little envious. The Mr. Face EP is being billed as “the world’s first pair of playable 3D glasses”. You’re be able to play both records on your turn table, but putting them in front of your peepers will make the album art appear in 3D. Welcome to 2015, kids.
WHITEHORSE – Leave No Bridge Unburned , February 17
This is the first time that Whitehorse decided to work with a producer on one of their records and they turned to Gus Van Go who has previously worked with bands like Hollerado and The Stills. This new collaboration has helped the duo find a more aggressive sound. We’ll get the new collective of tunes on February 17.
WILL BUTLER – Policy , March 10
This is the debut record from Arcade Fire’s Will Butler and if you were expecting a very polished record, think again. The lead single, “Take My Side“, is jangly rock song that is formed around guitars. With all the intruments and layering that takes place in an Arcade Fire track, it’s clear that Will wants to go in a different direction for his solo career. We will get Policy on March 10.