Music - Ten Albums to Look Forward To in 2019
I hope you’re all caught up on the new music 2018 had to offer, because 2019 is already shaping up to be chock-full of exciting releases by artists old and new. Here is a selection of albums scheduled to come out this year which we can’t wait to wrap our ears around, in order of release date (and also available in handy playlist form).
Deerhunter - Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? (January 18th)
According to frontman Bradford Cox, the Atlantan shoegazers’ new songs address “a landscape done in toxic watercolours” and the murder of British MP Jo Cox (no relation). The album title, and that of lead single “Death in Midsummer”, suggest that the new collection will offer more of the same melodic doom and gloom.
Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow (January 18th)
Brief but memorable acting cameos on “The OA” and “Twin Peaks” aside, Sharon van Etten has kept a low profile since her last album, “Are We There”, was released in 2014. But the raucous and appropriately-titled single “Comeback Kid” hints that she is ready to start making a blissful, brash noise again. About time too.
Spielbergs – This is Not the End (February 1st)
These Oslo rockers – not to be confused with absurdist disco shaman Speelburg, who we also urge you to check out – released one of the most exciting debut EPs in living memory last year, and new tracks “4AM” and “Five On It” - again, not to be confused with the hip-hop classic – suggest their first LP will keep the momentum going.
Ghostface Killah & Czarface – Czarface Meets Ghostface (February 15th)
The latest release from the Wu-Tang Extended Universe pairs Clan associates Inspectah Deck and Ghostface Killah, alongside a who’s-who of hip-hop producers. Hopefully it’ll hit the heights of recent collaborations between the two old timers and MF Doom, Adrian Younge and BADBADNOTGOOD, to name but a few.
The O’Jays – The Last Word (February 22nd)
The O’Jays are living legends of soul, but their mighty voices have faded over time and they must have considered calling it a day after their inconsequential 2010 Christmas album. However, “Above the Law” - the politically-charged first single from what is being billed as their final album - shows they are not ready to go out without a fight.
Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell (March 29th)
After the near-unbearable hype cycle of her 2012 debut, the sultry It Girl has quietly built up an impressive back catalogue, and her latest – featuring profane odes to US painters and a 9-minute rumination on love and fame called (what else?) “Venice Bitch” – will no doubt add an intriguing new chapter to her story.
Run the Jewels – RTJ4 (Release Date TBC)
RTJ have just gotten stronger with every album, but it’ll be interesting to see how the wizened rap supergroup respond to the backlash following Killer Mike’s ill-advised comments about the NRA. A righteous outburst that speaks truth to power, or an unfortunate devolution into Kanye-esque foot-in-mouth disease? Time will tell…
Moses Sumney (Title and Release Date TBC)
Moses Sumney’s career trajectory has been tricky to pin down, and so far his output has felt frustratingly slight, given the occasional flashes of brilliance and his undeniably transcendental voice. Will LP2, due at some point in 2019, cement his position as LA’s pre-eminent art-soul wizard? Here’s hoping.
Carly Rae Jepsen (Title and Release Date TBC)
Katy Perry is treading water. Taylor Swift is in seclusion, probably in an underground lair. Lady Gaga is off chasing Oscar glory. Could this be the year Carly Rae Jepsen finally gets her due as the First Lady of Pop Music, if only by default? “Party for One”, an absolute belter of a comeback single, does nothing to dispel that tantalizing prospect.
Bruce Springsteen (Title and Release Date TBC)
The Boss is riding a wave of acclaim from his recently-concluded run on Broadway, but is already thinking of getting “back to [his] day job” with a solo record, his first since the 2014 odds & sods collection “High Hopes”. Intriguingly he’s cited Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb, and Burt Bacharach as influences.
What albums are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments!