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Staff Picks: Most Anticipated New Albums of 2017

2016 is done and dusted, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. If January is any indication, 2017 is going to be just as mental. New albums to the rescue! 2017 is set to be another great year for new album releases, with plenty of old favorites coming back into the fold. Who even cares if the world makes it through 2017 – the soundtrack to the apocalypse looks amazing!

Here’s the Discogs team’s most anticipated new albums of 2017:

The Magnetic Fields band press photo

The Magnetic Fields 

Does anyone remember ‘69 Love Songs‘? I do, every single day, and I listen to it more than I listen to my common sense. The Magnetic Fields never released a bad record, but this one seems particularly epic and will become the autobiography of Stephen Merritt, written through 50 songs. When ’69 Love Songs’ was released I was only 11 years-old, so I’m very excited to live the release of this modern classic. – Javi, Community Success Coordinator

’50 Song Memoir’ is due out 3 March 2017

Laura Marling holding a guitar

Laura Marling 

Once I Was An Eagle‘ and ‘Short Movie‘ were both fantastic records. The first track from Marling’s upcoming album, ‘Semper Femina’, ‘Wild Fire’ seems to walk the line between both… excited to hear where this one moves. Jeffrey, Public Relations and Strategic Partnerships

‘Semper Femina’ is due out 10 March 2017

Arcade Fire group shot with flag and megaphone

Arcade Fire 

Love their first album, ‘Funeral‘, enjoyed their second album, ‘Neon Bible‘. Mad about their third album, ‘The Suburbs‘, liked most of their fourth album, ‘Reflektor‘. So if the pattern continues, I’m anticipating big things from Arcade Fire‘s fifth studio album. I have no idea what sort of sound to expect, but I’m sure it will be epic. –David, Community Success Lead

Release date TBA

Group photo of heavy rock band, Tool

Tool

While I’m used to waiting a while between releases from Tool, 10 years and counting is a bit much. Their last release, ‘10,000 Days‘, is still on heavy repeat and I am anxious to see how much further these guys have evolved from that album. Also I am looking forward to the ensuing tour and light show on my face that will follow. – Ron, Director of Marketing

Release date TBA

Sleep, the band in front of galaxy background

Sleep

After ‘Dopesmoker‘ in 2003 there is… NOTHING! Even if there are Om and High on Fire releases after that is not enough, it’s never enough. So I am excited that Sleep is working on a new release. Hopefully Om will do the same (fingers crossed). – Esther, Community Success Coordinator

Release date TBA

Morrissey press photo arms folded

Muse, Jamiroquai and Morrissey 

Looking forward to a new release by Muse. They’ve hinted at taking things down a notch and possibly releasing something more acoustic for their next album. Curious to hear the new Jamiroquai too, but most excited about a possible new Morrissey album! Although I have to admit, I got that news from a very unreliable source so it probably falls under the fake news or alternative facts category ;) Would be really nice if it’s true though! Lilian, Content Marketing Specialist

Jamiroquai – ‘Automation’ is due out 31 March 2017
Muse and Morrissey album release dates TBA

The album cover of Wolf Parade's, Expo 86 album released in 2010

Wolf Parade  

They’ve been missing in action for so long I started to worry we’d never hear another album from them again. Then last year – seemingly out of nowhere – Wolf Parade joined the lineup for a festival I was going to and I got to see them play. And it was awesome! So now, rumour has it that they’re working on releasing an album in 2017, my hopes are pretty high. I like their earlier stuff, but Expo 86 is where they really hit their stride for me, so I’d love to hear them develop more in that direction. – Jess, Search Engine Marketer

Release date TBA

Spoon band photo

Spoon

This will be Spoon’s ninth studio album, and although I’m not expecting anything groundbreaking, I’m excited for what should be a solid addition to their discography. – Kirsten, Product Owner

‘Hot Thoughts’ is due out 17 March 2017

the-klf

The KLF 

The 23rd anniversary of The KLF burning £1 million in cash on a remote Scottish isle! I really have no idea what to expect. Andy, Developer

Release date TBA

Group photo of disco band, Chic

Chic 

This album release was supposed to happen in 2015 but never did. Recently, Nile Rodgers announced that 2017 will be the year for releasing ‘It’s About Time’. Hopefully this happens, it’s been 25 years since their last album ‘Chic-ism‘ was released and I am curious to see what it sounds like! – Claire, Managing Director of Operations

Release date TBA

London musician, Sinkane

Sinkane 

New single ‘U’Huh’ sounds very promising. Funk and soul like they’re supposed to sound, and with connections to the late William Onyeabour AND the re-appreciation of this man’s music, Sinkane’s new album, ‘Life & Livin’ It’ might just become bigger than life. Yoram, Community Success Coordinator

Release date TBA

Singer and multi-instrumentalist artist, Annie Clark of St Vincent

St Vincent 

When most artists start talking a big game about how their next album is going to blow minds and change the world, a skeptical reaction is absolutely warranted. Yeah, sure. You’ve been booking sessions with Tuvan throat singers on and off for the past two years while you struggle to find yourself and that’s just guaranteed to be scintillating listening. By the way, in case you couldn’t tell, that’s my sarcastic typing. Well, Annie Clark is making a lot of noise about her forthcoming St Vincent album. Her, I believe. If she says she’s going to give us all a good shake, please take her at her word. I have no idea what sounds to expect when the newest St. Vincent drops but I know it’s going to be a high water mark for 2017. – Tom, Community Success Coordinator

Release date TBA

Iclandic musician, Ásgeir Trausti

Ásgeir Trausti

Really enjoyed his first album, ‘Dýrð Í Dauðaþögn‘ (I discovered it not that long ago) and am very curious about this one. I also liked the way he announced it by saying “It’s hard to let go but the time has come.” This will be an English version, hopefully the Icelandic version will follow soon! – Barbara, Community Success Coordinator

‘Afterglow’ is due out 5 May 2017

Mancunian baggy band, The Stone Roses

Tool, St Vincent, Stone Roses 

Can I choose 3? Yes I can! I am always curious to listen to the new Tool release. After having seen her live recently, I am looking forward the new St. Vincent. Stone Roses … well, it’s been about 20 years! – Luca, Community Success Coordinator

All TBA

Indie rock band, Pile

Sleep and Pile

I am also looking forward to Sleep (\m/), because I’m really excited to see what Jason Roeder brings to that band songwriting-wise. But for variety’s sake, next most anticipated on my list is the new record from Pile. If you get a chance to see this band, go, no excuses. – Jason, Lead Developer

‘A Hairshirt of Purpose’ is due out 31 March 2017

Heavy rock band, System Of A Down floating in water

System Of A Down 

I can’t help it. I freaking love System Of A Down! Roll your eyes, but I’m not alone! If I walk into any bar and put them on the juke box, my tribe will reveal themselves. I heard they once toured with The Mars Volta. Man, I wish I saw that! Tasha, Community Success Lead

Release date TBA

Frontman of band, Spiritualized, against dark sky background

Spiritualized 

I was bummed that I couldn’t see some of the 20 year anniversary shows of ‘Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space‘, but love that we’ll be getting a new album from Spiritualized in 2017. Hopefully it won’t be the last one.  Jon F., Product Owner 

Release date TBA

 


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