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The Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 2018

Summer is coming to a close. Over the last few months we’ve seen so many touring bands come through Toronto. But let’s not forget that as the weather gets cooler, more and more bands are releasing new music. Here’s just some of the albums set to come out in the next couple months.

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Arkells – Rally Cry

Release date: October 19, 2018

Just a week ago, Hamilton locals Arkells announced that their next album will be coming out on October 19. The highly anticipated fifth album was created in the midst of touring for their last record. Band members hope that the vibrant energy from performing comes off in the album.

Idles – Joy As An Act Of Resistance

Release date: August 31, 2018

This album is highly anticipated, especially when you remember that it was mixed by Adam Greenspan and Nick Launay who have previously worked with Arcade Fire and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Idles will be embarking on their first world tour to celebrate the release of their upcoming album, which includes a performance at Lee’s Palace on September 17.

Iron & Wine – Weed Garden

Release date: August 31, 2018

Iron & Wine’s Weed Garden will be a six-track EP, and exists as a companion piece to last years album, Beast Epic. The EP is expected to have songs that didn’t make it the Beast Epic‘s final cut. The track “Waves of Galveston” will also be on the record, which has been performed live often over the years, but never properly released.


Tash Sultana – Flow State

Release date: August 31, 2018

Earlier this summer, Sultana released lead single, “Salvation” along with newly mixed versions of “Murder to the Mind” and “Mystik.” This will be Sultana’s debut album, who has been touring all over the world and playing sold-out shows non-stop over the last two years.

JEFF The Brotherhood – Magick Songs

Release date: September 7, 2018

If you haven’t gotten into JEFF The Brotherhood yet, now is the perfect time. Their latest album will have experimental 80’s and 90’s influences, as well as elements of classic sci-fi and anime films. It will be released through Dine Alone Records.

Spiritualized – And Nothing Hurt

Release date: September 7, 2018

Fans were surprised and optimistic when Spiritualized announced the upcoming release of And Nothing Hurt, the first album in six years. Frontman Jason Pierce also announced soon after that this would be the group’s final album, saying the reasons were because of his own health issues and creative exhaustion.

Waxahatchee – Great Thunder

Release date: September 7, 2018

Set to be released through Merge Records, Great Thunder is a six-track EP. “I would say that it is a complete 180 from the last record: super stripped-down, quiet, and with me performing solo, it’s a throwback to how I started,” said Katie Crutchfield, who operates under the Waxahatchee moniker. Her last album, Out in the Storm, was released a year ago last July.

Bob Moses – Battle Lines

Release date: September 14, 2018

Battle Lines will be the second full-length for the band. The album will have 11 tracks, including previously released singles “Heaven Only Knows” and “Back Down.” The bang will also be touring around North America starting in September to promote the release of the record.

Dilly Dally – Heaven

Release date: September 14, 2018

Toronto punk Dilly Dally released “I Feel Free” earlier this year, a single from their upcoming album. The video was directed by the band’s own Katie Monks and Adam Seward. The record will be released through Partisan Records in the US, and Dine alone records in Canada.

Jungle – For Ever

Release date: September 14, 2018

For Ever marks the follow up to London-collective Jungle’s first album in 2014. Four singles, including “Heavy, California” and “Cherry,” have been released. Starting in September, the band will be touring around the world. Their Toronto show will be in March at the Danforth Music Hall.

Monster Truck – True Rockers

Release date: September 14, 2018

This will be the third album from Canadian rockers Monster Truck. In the past year, the band has played over 150 live shows, some of which include support for Billy Talent, Jane’s Addiction, Deep Purple, and more. Monster Truck also worked with Dan Weller (Young Guns, Enter Shikari) to produce the album.

The Dirty Nil – Master Volume

Release date: September 14, 2018

The Dirty Nil is the band to pay attention to right now. After their Juno win in 2017 for Best Breakthrough Artist, fans have been highly anticipating this brand new, ten track album. Their upcoming North American tour will conclude on December 1 in Toronto at The Opera House.

We Were Promised Jetpacks – The More I Sleep The Less I Dream

Release date: September 14, 2018

Produced by Jonathan Low (Modern Baseball, Mumford & Sons, Frightened Rabbit), this album from We Were Promised Jetpacks is their first in four years. Unlike previous albums, which were all created across Europe, this one was recorded over five weeks in the US. They will be touring North America and Europe this fall, with a stop at Lee’s Palace on September 22.

Christine and the Queens – Chris

Release date: September 21, 2018

French singer-songwriter Héloïse Letissier is the sole performer in Christine and the Queens, and her latest album, simply titled Chris, is one she is excited to release. All eleven tracks on the record were totally written, arranged, and performed by Letissier. The single “Doesn’t Matter” was released in both English and French.

Metric – TBD

Release date: September 21, 2018

Earlier this summer, Metric released the single “Dark Saturday” and confirmed that a new album would be released in the fall. However, the title of the album still has yet to be confirmed. Not much else is known about the album, but according to Consequence of Sound, it is confirmed that the album will be released on September 21.


Mount Eerie – (after)

Release date: September 21, 2018

If you never got a chance to see Mount Eerie live, have no fear. Their latest album will be a compilation of tracks performed live at the Le Guess Who? festival in the Netherlands. Called (after), the album will be a double-vinyl, and will include tracks from two previous records: A Crow Looked at Me and Now Only.

Cat Power – Wanderer

Release date: October 5, 2018

The tenth studio album from Cat Power is highly anticipated – it’s been around six years since her last release, and she’s spend the last few years creating “Wanderer.” She will also be touring across North America, with a few dates appearing with The National.

Fucked Up – Dose Your Dreams

Release date: October 5, 2018

In anticipation for their new release, Fucked Up has also put out two singles, “Raise Your Voice Joyce” and “Two I’s Closed.” Both tracks have been released in one six-minute YouTube video. The first half is a lyric video for “Raise Your Voice Joyce,” while the second half is a music video for “Two I’s Closed.” The album will have 18 tracks.

Tokyo Police Club – TPC

Release date: October 5, 2018

The group’s fourth album is simply titled TPC, and is set to be released through Dine Alone Records. Two singles have premiered so far: “Hercules” and “DLTFWYH.” The 12 tracks on the album will be Tokyo Police Club’s first release of new material since the second part of their two-part EP in 2016.

Cloud Nothings – Last Building Burning

Release date: October 19, 2018

In a press-release, frantman Dylan Baldi said that he believes this upcoming album, released through Carpark Records, to be “seven short, and one long, bursts of intense, controlled chaos.” The band also announced a fall tour across North America. They will be at The Opera House on November 27.

Peter Bjorn and John – Darker Days

Release date: October 19, 2018

All songs for this album were written at Stockholm at Atlantis Studios, immediately after the previous record, Breakin’ Point, was released. This album features equal collaborations from all three members of the Swedish trio. A press release describes the upcoming record as “composed and simple.”

The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships

Release date: October 2018

The 1975 reported earlier this year that their next album would be called A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, but have yet to announce an exact release date. Very little is known about the upcoming album, but after releasing the two singles “TooTimeTooTimeTooTime” and ““Love It If We Made It,” frontman Matty Healy tweeted that he was “very excited about releasing the 13 other songs.”

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