January can be one of the most hectic times for music lovers, with festival lineups dropping, artists announcing tours, artists announcing albums, and even artists releasing new songs. Heck, Panda Bear already released his new album, while the Decemberists and Belle and Sebastian release theirs today!
So here are the albums (along with release dates) that WUD Music is most looking forward to in 2015:
Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
As already mentioned, Animal Collective member and quintessential indie artist Panda Bear, already released an album this year. Just based on my first impressions, it provides some ambient sounds that are easy to listen to. Most of the songs are pretty catchy, particularly “Boys Latin” and “Mr Noah.” If you haven’t listened to any of Panda Bear’s other solo work, he tends to be less chaotic than Animal Collective but still provides similar vibes.
You can listen to “Boys Latin” off the album here:
The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
Looking to release their first album since 2011 (The King is Dead), the Decemberists have had quite a bit of time on their hiatus from touring as a band to refine their work. If any of their other albums were an indication, we can expect another great record with elegant lyrics and soothing tunes. Based on the four singles released and their previous album, we may expect something a bit poppier than the rest of the Decemberists’ records.
Here you can watch the music video for the track “Make You Better” featuring Nick Offerman off of the new album:
Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
It will be their first album since 2010. You gotta think something good was cooked up in five years, right?
Listen to “The Party Line” here:
Mount Eerie – Sauna
I’m a total newbie to Mount Eerie, but there’s lots of hype for this new album in WUD Music. Check it out!
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
Former Fleet Foxes member Joshua Tillman looks to release a successful follow-up to 2012’s Fear Fun, one of my favorites from that year. If you’re unfamiliar with FJM, he tends to be pretty ironic and sarcastic in his lyrics, while still producing great sounding an indie-folk-pop style, as seen in “Bored in the USA”:
Modest Mouse – Strangers to Ourselves
This will be their first full album since 2007! WOW! They have just released a video for the song “Coyotes,” which was inspired by a coyote riding a light rail in Portland back in 2002. It will be interesting to see what they will bring to the table in 2015 and will be a must-listen for any indie rock lover.
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – After
Aly Spaltro, better known as Lady Lamb the Beekeepr has been making music since 2007, but only released her first studio album, Ripely Pine, in 2013. Ripely Pine was received well by critics from Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound, but really did not get enough recognition from the media. This really could be the year that she can break out big if she builds onto the success of Ripely Pine.
Purity Ring – Another Eternity
The electronic pop duo will be releasing their sophomore album this year, as a followup to Shrines (2012), which really put them on the map. In 2013, they played Bonnaroo, along with releasing a cover of Soulja Boy’s “Grammy” and a remix of Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” With the increasing popularity of electronic music, this album could be big one for 2015.
Will Butler – Policy
Will Butler of Arcade Fire (not to be confused with his brother Win Butler) is releasing his debut album. It will be interesting to see what he has to offer to rock and roll on a solo release.
Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful
Action Bronson seemed to rise to fame seemingly out of nowhere. Who would have that a highly respected chef would be making it in the rap game? Mr. Wonderful will be his second full length album but the first on a major label. This could very well be one of the major hip hop albums of the year if he continues to build on the momentum of 2013, where he played Coachella and Bonnaroo and was on XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class.
Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi
Admittedly, this is my most anticipated album for this year. I only recently started to really get into Death Cab and I just cannot get enough of them. If they can follow up with something on par to Codes and Keys, I’ll be happy. Anything better and I will be ecstatic! We’re yet to hear anything new from them, but I imagine it will be all over music news when it does come out.
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
Sufjan releasing an album? It seems like everyone is this year! Check out the trailer for the album here:
Release Date TBA
Beach House – TBA
The dream pop duo’s most recent releases off of Sub-Pop Records Teen Dream and Bloom have become highly regarded in the indie community, so we’re anticipating another solid release.
Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment – SURF
After Chance’s 2013 release of Acid Rap, he has become notorious for live shows filled with energy. If he puts that kind of energy into this next album, we can expect something incredible.
Kanye West – TBA
Everyone is always itching for new Kanye, right?
Kendrick Lamar – TBA
After releasing arguably one of the best hip hop albums of the decade thus far, we can hope he will follow up with another great one.
Radiohead – TBA
I mean, it’s Radiohead, one of the biggest bands of our generation. How can you not be excited?
Run the Jewels – Meow the Jewels; RTJ3???
A version of Pitchfork’s album of the year in meow form? This could be amazing. Not to mention, there is speculation of RTJ3 coming out too which could be equally amazing.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – TBA
At the beginning of January, the band confirmed in a Facebook post that they were finishing with the mastering of a new album. You can expect a solid psychedelic rock release from them.
Tame Impala – TBA
With playing Governor’s Ball and Coachella, you’d expect they would be releasing an album to go with the tour dates. Innerspeaker and Lonerism were amazing releases, so we can only hope they follow up with another this year.
So there you have it – but that is just the tip of iceberg of music releases for the year. 2015 has the potential to be a year of a music Renaissance. So what are you looking forward to this year?