We love Fridays for many reasons, and new music is one of them. It's a day to stick your headphones in and immerse yourself in an array of new music from your favourite artists, or even ones you've never heard of. So, we thought we would highlight some of our favourite album releases which you can hear live later this year!
Ibeyi – Spell 31
Afro-Cuban, French twins Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz, known to the world as Ibeyi, have just returned with their third studio album 'Spell 31'. All written, recorded and produced by themselves alongside their long time producer Richard Russell in London, the album features appearances from Jorja Smith, Pal Salieu, Berwyn and their own parents. The album 'refines their groovy and minimal blend of pop, electronic music and soul with confident performances and a sleek percussive backing' (Loud and Quiet).
This is not an album to ignore, so put on your headphones and take a listen. If you like what you hear, then don't miss your chance to catch the duo at the newly reopened KOKO this November!
Belle & Sebastian – A Bit of Previous
'A Bit of Previous' is the Scottish band's first studio album in seven years, and marks their 10th album. Grounded by lockdown over the last couple years, the veteran indie-pop band made the album in their hometown of Glasgow for the first time in 22 years, and the result is spectacular. A collection of songs focused on togetherness, with lovely melodies and earworm choruses, resulting in an all round enjoyable listen.
You can hear the new album live, plus your favourite hits on their UK tour this November alongside incredible support performances from Sinead O'Brien and Drug Store Romeos. Grab your tickets now!
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) – Let It Be Blue
The California formed, New York based band return with their ninth record, full of sparse dance music to whack on full volume. Conceived over the past two years, when being back on the dancefloor was just a mere dream, the 11 songs are full of sub bass and drums evoking visions of being back in a club. It's intense and fun, and everything you would want from a !!! album.
They are heading across the pond to the UK this October for a headline tour that you won't want to miss.
Sharon Van Etten – We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong
There is no denying Sharon Van Etten's ability to convey emotion, and make you feel something from her music, and 'We've Been Going About This All Wrong' is no different. Swaying into the darker and more intimate moments of her life, she grapples with her demons and navigates her role in life as a parent and musician. Of her sixth album, the indie-rock force said its 'the most specific time I've made a record...where it's a collective trauma we're experiencing', which is why the album is such a compelling listen.
If you haven't already listened to her music, now is the time. You can watch her perform live on tour this June in Birmingham, Leeds and Glasgow, but be quick, tickets are flying out!
Emeli Sande – Let’s Say For Instance
This brand new album from internationally-renowned British singer-songwriter Emeli Sande is her first release on an independent label. The new record marks a new era for her expansive artistry after a decade on the airwaves, and has her free from any expectations and pressures. She explores new sounds of classical, disco, nostalgic R&B and more, all illustrating her flair as a songwriter, producer and vocalist. The whole album is, in her own words, 'an ode to resilience, rebirth and renewal', and is full of unexpected surprises.
Even if you've listened to Emeli Sande before, you've never heard her like this. She is heading out on tour in a couple of weeks, so don't hesitate, grab your tickets today.
Suki Waterhouse – I Can’t Let Go
The debut offering from Suki Waterhouse is something reminiscent of Lana Del Rey, but in her own unique direction. Released to acclaim from the likes of NME and The Line of Best Fit, the album is an honest, vulnerable offering with nothing held back in terms of her emotions. If you're looking for an album to delve into all the experiences your 20's and 30s have to offer, then look no further. With her haunting, airy vocals echoing through the album, alongside her personal lyricism, this is a beautiful album that was well worth the wait.
She will be a performing a one-off headline show at Omeara London on Wednesday 8th June which is selling out fast, so if you enjoy the album then book yourself a ticket before it sells out!
Midland – The Last Resort: Greetings From
These double Grammy nominees are the masters of post-urban country music which has resonated with fans globally. Their latest album 'The Last Resort: Greetings From' sees the band edging into fresh territory which explores a new easy-rock, Eagles-inspires sound, alongside their more country western roots. The album is a story about an escapist trip along the Florida Keys to get over a relationship, and their ability to craft this immersive world is incredible.
The Texas based band are heading over to the UK later this month for shows in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield, where you can hear tracks from the new album live. Last chance to grab your tickets below!
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