Could 2018 be the year that makes up for the flaming dumpster fire that has been 2016 and 2017? Quite possibly, yes. Albeit 2017 saw some truly incredible new music, let’s hope that 2018 keeps up that trend and brings us joy in this dystopian future that we seem to be stuck in. Here are our most anticipated albums of 2018:
Panda Bear – A Day with the Homies
Release: January 12th
New music has been trickling in from Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear since his last full-length album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper in 2015. 2018 brings a new E.P. (following Meeting of the Waters and The Painters), which Lennox says will be five tracks. “They feel really kind of simple to me. Really basic in a way, almost like there’s sections of the songs missing. But that’s something I like about dub music, for example.”
Bahamas – Earthtones
Release: January 19th
Toronto based singer/songwriter, Afie Jurvanen, better known as Bahamas, is releasing his new album in the new year, four years after his last release, Bahamas is Afie. The new record was mostly recorded in a three-day session, and features the recently released single “No Wrong.”
First Aid Kit – Ruins
Release: January 19th
After releasing two new singles, “It’s A Shame” and “Postcard”, Swedish duo, First Aid Kit, announced their newest LP, Ruins. The record features REM’s Peter Buck, and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche. The sisters will also be touring throughout the winter to promote the album.
tUnE-yArDs – I can feel you creep into my private life
Release: January 19th
I can feel you creep into my private life is the fourth studio album from tUnE-yArDs, and serves as a follow-up to their 2014 record, Nikki Nack. Their latest track, “Look At Your Hands”, is a teaser to the album, and is loaded with 80s synth and bass.
Kimbra – Primal Heart
January 19, 2018
You might know New Zealand singer Kimbra as the guest on Gotye’s giant hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” but she’s been releasing her own albums for years. Her third record, Primal Heart, is due out January 19th.
Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us
Release: January 26th
The ninth studio album from rock band Calexico is being released via ANTI records. Co-founder of the band, Joey Burns, says the album is more chaotic than what they’ve done in the past, and told ANTI the chaos has a lot to do with “where we’re at as a planet.”
Rhye – Blood
Release: February 2nd
Rhye has been teasing their next album, Blood, for the past couple months with “Taste,” “Count to Five” and “Please” before it’s released February 2nd. Rhye frontman Milosh said their upcoming album came about in the opposite way of their 2013 album Woman, saying “the music and sounds were really born out of the live environment and are built for performance.”
Dashboard Confessional – Crooked Shadows
Release: February 9th
Emo-rock legends, Dashboard Confessional, are coming out with their first album since 2009. Crooked Shadows features their latest single, “We Fight”, which is a heartfelt rock tune in a time where the world needs heartfelt rock music more than ever. In a statement, Chris Carraba said, “It’s a song for people who, in spite of their differences, can find common ground in their convictions and foster those into something bigger than themselves.”
Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
Release: February 9th
Always Ascending will be the band’s first studio LP with their new lineup. The record was produced by Phillipe Zdar, who’s worked with the likes of Phoenix, and the Beastie Boys. Franz Ferdinand also released the titled track to the album in October.
Belle & Sebastian – How To Solve Our Human Problems
Release: February 16th
Follow-up to their 2015 album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, Belle and Sebastian are releasing a three part EP, How to Solve Our Human Problems. EP 1 will be released December 8th, EP 2 on January 19th, and finally, EP 3 on February 16th.
Born Ruffians – Uncle, Duke & The Chief
Release: February 16th
Uncle, Duke & The Chief is the next album from Born Ruffians, featuring tracks, “Love Too Soon” and “Forget Me,” which are part of a two-part video series directed by July Talk’s Leah Fay Goldstein and Peter Dreimanis. The album follows their 2015 release, Ruff and will be released on Paper Bag Records.
The 1975 – Music For Cars
Release: June 1st
The 1975’s next album Music For Cars is due out June 1st, frontman Matt Healy revealed on Twitter this summer. “Music For Cars was an EP named for our love for Brian Eno,” Healy said. “We’re using it as the album title now because of how meta and self-referential everything has become in the world of The 1975, and ‘Music For Cars’ was always my favourite title of everything we’d ever done, so it kinda made sense to wrap it up that way.”
Arctic Monkeys – TBD
All we know is that Arctic Monkeys have begun the recording process for the sixth album. When speaking to The Ride, bassist Nick O’Malley said their next album should be released 2018, and “if it isn’t, we’ve got problems.”
Bastille – TBD
Bastille revealed in late 2017 their third album is “pretty much written”, the a follow-up to their massively successful 2016 release Wild World. The band just put out a song for the upcoming Netflix show Bright, which might be a good sign for a full album to come.
BØRNS – TBD
BØRNS whet our appetite for new music with the release of “Faded Heart” this past summer, and the California-based artist has indicated that an early-2018 release for his sophomore effort is in the works.
Chromeo – Head Over Heels
A follow-up to 2014’s White Women is on the way for 2018. Chromeo announced their forthcoming record Head Over Heels earlier this month with a hilarious teaser trailer.
Courtney Barnett – TBD
Courtney Barnett finished 2017 strong, putting out her great collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice with her pen pal, Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile, as well wrapping an extensive North American tour. Barnett put some work in on her sophomore LP back in 2016, but all known progress has been at a bit of a standstill in terms of a 2018 release. “But then I don’t know, I just did a lot of second-guessing myself and freaked myself out, I think,” she said late last year.
Charlotte Day Wilson – TBD
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson recently shared a new single, “Doubt,” with the promise of more new music on the way for 2018. “Doubt” is Wilson’s first studio release since her critically-acclaimed 2016 debut EP CDW.
Childish Gambino – TBD
The only thing absolutely certain about Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino’s future is that it is incredibly busy. In 2016 the rapper turned funk producer churned out one of the year’s best albums Awaken, My Love!. Previously, he said his next album would be his last, but that might not be the ultimate truth. Gambino recently revealed he was working on new music,– that may or may not be a collaboration with Chance the Rapper. In the meantime, he’s also working on the second season to his critically acclaimed TV show Atlanta, as well as donning the cape as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars spin-off film.
Danny Brown – TBD
Danny Brown is no doubt of the the rap industry’s most intruging voices in recent memory. The Detroit rapper revealed in fall 2017 he was working on his follow-up to 2016’s Atrocity Exhibition. “I would just say it’s being produced by one producer who’s legendary in hip-hop. And it’s gonna be a big deal,” Brown said.
Dear Rouge – TBD
Husband and wife duo Danielle and Drew McTaggart unveiled “Boys & Blondes” in October, their first new song since 2015’s Back to Gold, so keep your eyes peeled for more info on a new record.
Death Cab for Cutie – TBD
Benjamin Gibbard and company are readying to follow-up 2015’s Kintsugi in 2018. There’s little information about what’s coming next from the Seattle-based band, however Death Cab For Cutie did tweet a picture of Gibbard in the studio with the caption “LP9 // 2018” a few weeks ago. 2018 also happens to be the 20th anniversary of their debut album Something About Airplanes, so there might be something big in store for them.
Father John Misty – TBD
Father John Misty didn’t shy away from talking about his next album, which he says is mostly written. Tillman told Uncut a couple weeks back the new album is “rooted in something that happened last year that was… well, my life blew up.” He also revealed working titles for a couple tracks including “Ouch, I’m Drowning’, “Dum Dum Blues’, “Mr Tillman, Please Exit The Lobby”, And “Well, We’re Only People And There’s Nothing Much We Can Do About It.” He also described his next project as “the real I Love You, Honeybear but without the cynicism.”
Frank Ocean – TBD
Frank Ocean once promised “five albums before 30,” and while the Blonde singer celebrated his 30th without a new album, he offered an update. This November, he posted to his infamous Tumblr page “Well I️ made the album before 30…I JUST AINT PUT THAT BITCH OUT!” Ocean did release new music in 2017, “Chanel” and “Biking”, so chances are we won’t be waiting too long for #5.
Interpol – TBD
Interpol have indicated that a new record is on the way for 2018 via Matador Records, and they’ve shared studio photos to prove it. There’s still no firm release date, but the band aired some new material while touring for the 15th anniversary of Turn On The Bright Lights this past summer.
Jack White – TBD
Here’s what we know about Jack White’s forthcoming third solo album: It’s “practically done” and it’s a “bizarre one.” We’ll take it. Release day can’t come soon enough, whenever that is.
James Blake – TBD
Fans are eager to hear James Blake’s follow-up to 2016 album The Color in Anything. Judging by the live performances of his new material, Blake is taking his sound in a bit of a new direction. While there’s no official word yet about a new album, at the rate of Blake shares new songs live it’s not a stretch that we’ll have a new record in full by the end of the year. Listen above for new material played live during an L.A. show.
Kanye West – Turbo Grafx 16
It’s important to remember that Kanye West answers to no one, so there’s no real indication of when his forthcoming Turbo Grafx 16 will drop, but we should be ready for a surprise release. West has been touting the record since early 2017.