The other day we waited for the new album by Frank Oceanbut that doesn't mean there won't be other great releases before the end of the year. There is still hope for a second Kanye album, but "Turbo Grafx 16" promised in the summer will be out now, no one knows when. In late autumn, pop albums are practically not released: the Grammy is to blame for everything, which is still needed by the big labels, because only the records presented before September 30 can apply for the prize. This means that in the coming months we will be listening to something new, experimental and unusual from musicians who do not care about the number of figurines.
American Angel Olsen in her interviews vehemently protests against those for whom others write songs, caustically comments on the sexist attacks of journalists in her address and releases one video for songs from "My Woman" after another - in them, strictly speaking, nothing happens, but that's good. Olsen released one of the best covers this year on the Grateful Dead tribute - and the newest song "Sister" shows that this is not without reason: the duration of the best tracks on the new album should clearly exceed the five-minute mark. It is not for nothing that the singer herself is on the cover of “My Woman” - it seems that this is all about how to accept herself, and only then deal with the world: stories about love as part of everyday life, stalking as quiet horror and sisterhood as the most important seem necessary, but a few side effects.
According to unconfirmed reports from Vulture, "AIM" will be Maya Arulpragasam's last album. Whether she will continue to release singles or leave pop music altogether is not very clear, just as it is not clear how true this is at all. Nevertheless, if you believe the preview, the end of the singer's career will turn out beautifully. The song "Survivor", too slow and calm by the standards of the singer, will close the album, in which Maya promises not to complain about anything and to show the other side of herself. So far, of the singles, only the song "Birds" hints at this, the rest are similar to "classic Maya". Surely the guests in the person of Zane Malik and the Jamaican rapper Dexta Daps will take the singer away somewhere.
Shape Shift With Me
The last album Against Me! was called "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" and was dedicated to gender dysphoria - the band's vocalist Laura Jane Grace knows about such things firsthand. At first glance, all three new songs released are such straightforward and perky rock music with lyrics about feelings and love. However, if you dig deeper, "Shape Shift With Me" has every chance of becoming a concept album on how to fall in love and get rid of this feeling. Unfortunately, so far, the songs do not add up to a complete picture. However, they themselves are excellent at resisting the new wave of American rock musicians, focusing on complex lyrics and references to all levels of pop culture.
Michael Quottlbaum, who amazed the residents of Vladivostok at the V-Rox festival and played an almost underground concert in Moscow, speaks less and less to his name, preferring his alter ego - Mickey Blanco. Judging by the first singles and excerpts, "Mykki" is either a departure from experiments and an attempt to do something within the framework of pop music (there is also a song with Woodkid), or the calm before the storm. Mickey himself has not yet commented on the album in any way, but if the first version turns out to be true, there is nothing wrong with that. After all, over the past couple of years, the avant-garde of experimental music has changed so much that many are left to make familiar music that used to seem cutting edge.
How to Dress Well
Tom Krell started with quiet ballads, but very quickly moved to clever and intricate, but still pop music - his last album even managed to get into the British charts for a short time. Now everything can change - Jack Antonoff, songwriter of Taylor Swift, Fifth Harmony and Sia worked on the record with Krell.On the one hand, the help of the masters of pop music (Dre Skull, the founder of the dancehall-oriented label Mixpak, also worked on the album), on the other, it will not do without experiments: they helped Krell and the CFCF, who equally loves Steve Reich and Japanese music, and Kara- Lis Coverdale making the world's slowest and most beautiful ambient. So far, only Krell himself knows what will come of this combination.
Ape in Pink Marble
After the previous album "Mala", Banhart decided to take up art and before recording the new album he first released a book of photographs and drawings called "I left my noodles on Ramen Street." "Ape in Pink Marble" is practically not connected with the world of art, but promises to be varied: from acoustic ballads and heartbreaking songs to relaxed compositions in the spirit of the Latin stage of the 70s, here it is at hand. Judging by the fact that the same team worked with Banhart as on "Mala", one should expect a special sound, which makes the songs seem to have been recorded many years ago, but dug out only now.
The eccentric rapper claims that while recording the album he was inspired by Talking Heads (especially Jonathan Letham's book about the album "Fear of Music") and System of a Down, and the album was named after James Ballard's collection of short stories and Joy Division songs. However, instead of a direct dedication to post-punk and nu metal, Brown came up with a very strange mixture of them. He takes bass from post-punk, drums from nu metal - in the end it comes out like a Throbbing Gristle, and this is only the first song. If this is how the whole album sounds, then Brown, thanks to his depressing and uncomfortable music, will once again greatly change the landscape of hip-hop.
Val, one of the main representatives of the Swedish underground, began playing music with a classic rock line-up - not like now. Now Jenny plays electronics, bringing elements of performance and modern poetry into her performances: she can cut the band members on stage or read a poem about harassment instead of a song, her every concert is not like the next. Blood Bitch brings to the fore the poignant lyrics about menstruation, feelings and vampires, and the music is so intimate that it almost feels claustrophobic.
22, A Million
The previous album Bon Iver was released five years ago. During this time, Justin Vernon managed to work as a vocalist with James Blake, Kanye West and Colin Stetson, recorded a new album by his other group, Volcano Choir, and is now returning under the name Bon Iver. According to the first two songs, at first it seems that friendship with Blake and West made itself felt, but after a little digging, you still see that these are primarily folk songs reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and other luminaries of the genre, albeit decorated in the best traditions of electronics.
Let Them Eat Chaos
British poet Keith Tempest is one line below Kanye West on the list of those who helped create Frank Ocean's Boys Don’t Cry magazine - those who have not paid attention to her should fix this. In Let Them Eat Chaos, Tempest will likely continue to explore life on the outskirts of British cities. Judging by the track "Europe Is Lost", released last November, such songs will come in handy. Last time Tempest recorded a concept album, this one, it seems, should also expect an integral story - but without it, it definitely will not do without acute social and topical lyrics.
Los Angeles resident Katie Gaitley has been studying music based on vocals for many years, but her debut album is only now releasing her debut album on the respected experimental label Tri Angle. Gately says that music for her is a balance between something nasty and fun, and she finishes work only when she realizes that one more track will make the track complete insanity (it is worth noting that many clearly disagree with her definition of insanity). Judging by the first single "Tuck", Gately will try to stay at the forefront and make real songs at the same time - which makes her similar to other experimenters of our day: Holly Herndon, Anna Meredith and Caroline Shaw.
Beck's next album after the Grammy-winning "Morning Phase" was due two years ago. At least, apart from the acoustic album, Beck Hansen promised to release something in the spirit of "Modern Guilt". Until last summer, there was no news of the record until Beck presented a new single, "Dreams," a great song for this time of year, and a year later, the equally good "Wow" came out. So far, however, nothing else is known about the new album, but it is worth noting that Beck is generally not strong in comparisons: "Morning Phase" in the end turned out to be similar not to "One Foot in the Grave", but to "Sea Changes", here and the unnamed album so far looks more like "The Information" rather than "Modern Guilt". All the better.
One of the leading experts in Inuit throat singing, Canadian Tanya Tagak sang along with Bjork on the album "Medúlla" and also distinguished herself with an anti-PETA speech when she came out to receive the Polaris Music Prize. Tagak's new album is dedicated to "the rape of women, the rape of the land, the rape of children, the devastation of indigenous lands without [aboriginal] consent." Of course, along with such a statement, one should not expect calm music. The very first single "Aorta" knocks you off your feet and does not let you rise: the eating shamanic throaty whisper accompanied by a measured rock instrumental will definitely be remembered for a long time. It's scary to think about what will be in the album.
Kero kero bonito
The gay London trio mixes j-pop, nineties electronics, half-forgotten city-pop genre and much more - it turns out a very unlikely mixture of British and Japanese cultures. The group is releasing the second album three years after their debut: during this time they managed to promise more scratching, a little shoegaze, and also sound in the style of "MIDI Talking Heads" on Twitter. Sounds like complete nonsense. However, four songs that have already been released suggest that listeners will find extremely non-standard, very funny and ironic, but still pop music. Even if it sings about the problems of those who just received a diploma, or about how you don't want to record songs on a fine summer day.
Ten years ago, Nelly Furtado released a breakthrough album "Loose" - Timbaland, who worked on most of the songs from it, completely changed the sound of the singer. Since then, she has released two albums (one in Spanish and one in English) and seemingly faded into the background until last year she presented the song "Hadron Collider" with Blood Orange. Dev Hines can become the new Timbaland for Furtado and help her restart her career - so the singer posts a selfie with Annie Clarke on Twitter and asks the Empress Of what to listen to from her albums. The single "Behind Your Back", released this year, will not be included in the album, but it may suggest that the singer now likes the style of the 90s - if all the new songs turn out to be like that, then we will have a new hit.
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