Can you believe it’s already 2021?
At least there’s one good thing we can bank on this year: new music. You can look forward to new albums from a whole slew of artists including St. Vincent, Foo Fighters, Lorde, FKA twigs, and more.
Check out the most anticipated albums of 2021 below.
The Dirty Nil – Fuck Art
January 1, 2021
While this album was already released, we couldn’t help but put this rad new record on the list! The new collection, which marks the follow-up to 2018’s Master Volume, is full of a perfect blend of arena rock and DIY punk, as The Dirty Nil plea with listeners to smash your phone and say “fuck it.” From the thrashing, metal-influenced single “Doom Boy” to the gritty, understated catchiness of “Hang Yer Moon,” get ready to blast the album at full volume and headbang along to some killer anthemic tunes.
Rhye – Home
January 22, 2021
Back in October, Rhye announced his new album Home, which is set for release on January 22nd via Last Gang Records. “My dad, a really sweet, gentle and inclusive guy, was into this idea of feeling something through playing just one note without a melody, that exchange of energy,” Rhye explains of Home. “We would talk about how music doesn’t mean anything if you can’t make the listener feel it.” The new album, which features previously released singles “Black Rain,” “Helpless,” and “Beautiful,” marks Rhye’s first project since 2019’s Spirit EP, and the first-full length record since 2018’s Blood.
Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams
January 29, 2021
Arlo Parks’ debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams is set for release on January 29th, 2021. Parks announced the record alongside the release of her dreamy single “Green Eyes,” which features vocals from Clairo, and the album will also include previously released singles “Hurt,” Caroline,” “Black Dog,” and “Eugene.” “I poured my tears, blood and joy into this project,” Parks wrote of the album on Twitter.
Foo Fighters – Medicine At Midnight
February 5, 2021
Foo Fighters are releasing their 10th studio album Medicine at Midnight on Friday, February 5th. After plenty of teasers, Dave Grohl and co. have shared a couple of singles from the collection, including the colossal arena rock anthem “No Son of Mine” and “Shame Shame,” which they initially previews on Saturday Night Live.
The Weather Station – Ignorance
February 5, 2021
The Weather Station, a.k.a. Tamara Lindeman, is sharing her new 10-track album Ignorance on February 5th via Next Door Records/Fat Possum. Coproduced with Marcus Paquin, Ignorance sees Lindeman exploring new sonic landscapes. “I saw how the less emotion there was in the rhythm, the more room there was for emotion in the rest of the music, the more freedom I had vocally,” Lindeman explains. Ignorance will feature previously released tracks “Robber” and “Tried to Tell You.”
London Grammar – Californian Soil
February 12, 2021
London Grammar are releasing their new album Californian Soil on February 12th. The new album will mark a moment of transformation for London Grammar, as frontwoman Hannah Reid says it’s set to revolve around the misogyny she’s experienced throughout her career. Californian Soil will be “about gaining possession of my own life,” Reid explains. “Misogyny is primitive, which is why it is so hard to change,” Reid continues. “But it is also fearful. It’s about rejecting the thing in yourself which is vulnerable or feminine. Yet everybody has that thing.”
Claud – Super Monster
February 12, 2021
Claud, the first artist signed to Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory Records, will release their debut album Super Monster on February 12th, 2021. The forthcoming record, which was recorded at New York’s Electric Lady Studios, is set to feature special guests like Claire Cottrill (aka Clairo), Melanie Faye, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jake Portrait, Blu Detiger, Nick Hakim, and Noa Getzug.
The Hold Steady – Open Door Policy
February 19, 2021
The Hold Steady are set to make their return with their eighth full-length album, Open Door Policy, which is set for release on February 19th via Positive Jams/Thirty Tigers. “Open Door Policy was very much approached as an album vs. a collection of individual songs, and it feels like our most musically expansive record,” frontman Craig Finn explains. “This album was written and almost entirely recorded before the pandemic started, but the songs and stories explore power, wealth, mental health, technology, capitalism, consumerism, and survival – issues which have compounded in 2020.”
Tash Sultana – Terra Firma
February 19, 2021
Tash Sultana is releasing their sophomore album Terra Firma on February 19th, 2021 via Mom + Pop Music. The follow up to 2018’s Flow State was inspired by the need to slow down, and marks a period of self-reflection. “I didn’t realize that I needed to create a space and home for myself to feel like a person again,” Sultana explains. “I just went inward and found a really peaceful place and wrote an album, and I feel really happy with it.”
Julien Baker – Little Oblivions
February 26, 2021
Julien Baker has announced her third studio album Little Oblivions, which is set for release on February 26th via Matador Records. As part of the announcement, Baker shared a video for her new single “Faith Healer.” Baker recorded the new album in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee from December 2019 to January 2020. Marking the follow-up to 2017’s Turn Out The Lights, faith healer is set to see Baker weaving autobiographical tales on top of her tactile guitar and piano riffs.
Weezer – Van Weezer
May 7, 2021
Weezer’s new album Van Weezer was originally set to come out on May 6th, 2020, until it had its release date pushed back an entire year to May 7th, 2021. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, frontman Rivers Cuomo unveiled that Van Weezer was one of two forthcoming albums that are set to be released, the other being Okay Human. While Okay Human is “mostly done,” Van Weezer is “Blue Album-ish, but a little more riffy.”
Bleachers – TBA
In November, 2020, Jack Antonoff made his return with his first new singles as Bleachers in three years, “chinatown (feat. Bruce Springsteen)” and “45.” Upon the two catchy tracks’ release, Bleachers also confirmed that their third studio album, which is yet to be named, will drop sometime in 2021.
FKA twigs – TBA
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FKA Twigs has confirmed that she’s written a full album during lockdown in a new virtual interview for Grammy Museum’s Program at Home series. “I ended up, in actual fact, making a whole album in quarantine,” FKA Twigs reveals. “I just decided one day. It was kind of, maybe, one-third of the way through and I just said, ‘you know what, I’m just going to make an album,’ and I just went and did it.” While the record has no release date or title yet, it’s rumoured that the follow-up to MAGDALENE will be released this year.
Lana Del Rey – Chemtrails Over The Country Club
In October, Lana Del Rey announced her forthcoming album Chemtrails Over The Country Club alongside the release of its lead single, “Let Me Love You Like a Woman.” “I’ve been really stressed about this album,” Del Rey explains to Interview Magazine. “From the top, we knew what Norman was. But with Chemtrails, it was like, ‘Is this new folk? Oh, god, are we going country?’”
Lorde – TBA
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“It’s called GOING SOUTH, and it’s a softcover book with over 100 pages of photos and writing… a sort of perfect precursor to this album in an abstract way, and it’s a cool little piece of the Lorde cinematic universe” pic.twitter.com/G4CMjtpSH4
— Lorde fix 🥀 BlackLivesMatter (@Lorde_fix) November 25, 2020
Lorde is supposed to make her highly anticipated (and long awaited) return this year with a follow-up to 2017’s Melodrama. While neither a title nor a release date for the album has been announced, she has revealed that her 2019 trip to Antarctica had inspired the record. Upon announcing a 100-page photo book of her trip, Lorde revealed that she would “start showing [the album] to you soon.”
St. Vincent – TBA
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Great news, St. Vincent fans: Annie Clark is gearing up to release a new album in 2021! In a new interview with Mojo, Clark has revealed that she’s finished the follow-up to 2018’s MASSEDUCATION and plans to release it in late spring or summer 2021. While she’s yet to share a title for the album, it marks “a tectonic shift,” Clark continues. “I felt I had gone as far as I could possibly go with angularity. I was interested in going back to the music I’ve listened to more than any other — Stevie Wonder records from the early ’70s, Sly And The Family Stone. I studied at the feet of those masters.”