2017 is over. It’s time to move forward. This is our list of 30 new upcoming albums that will be released in 2018.
Nanook of The North. Nanook of The North is the Polish duo that include musician and producer Piotr Kalinski and multi-instrumentalist Stefan Wesolowski. Self-titled debut album is out in February via Denovali Records. “Arfernat” is the first excerpt. Listen below.
Anna von Hausswolff . Two years after The Miraulous, Swedish singer-songwriter and musician Anna von Hausswolff has announced the release of a new album. Dead Magic is out on March 2nd via City Slang. “The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra” is the first excerpt. Her words about it: “Me, my band and Randall Dunn spent 9 days in Copenhagen recording this record. The great pipe organ you’re hearing is a 20th century instrument located in Marmor Kirken, “The Marble Church”, Copenhagen”. Listen below.
Efrim Manuel Menuck. Six years after Plays “High Gospel”, Canadian musician Efrim Manuel Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra) has announced the release of a new solo album. Pissing Stars is out on February 2nd via Constellation Records. “LxOxVx / Shelter In Place” is the first excerpt. Listen below.
Moaning . Moaning is a Los Angeles-based band that recently signed to Sub Pop. They announced the release of self-titled debut album that will out in March. It was recorded and engineered by Alex Newport (known best for his work with City and Colour) in Los Angeles. “Don’t Go” is the first excerpt that shows the rough lines and the punk textures.
Strië. Two years after Struktura, German artist and muscian Iden Reinhart aka Strië has announced the return with a new EP. Perpetual Journey is out on February 2nd via Serein. A sampler is available now on SoundCloud. Listen below.
Waelder. Two years after debut album Anachronie, Vienna/Berlin-based duo Waelder have announced the release of a new album. Non Places is out on January 26th via Denovali Records.
It was recorded and produced in different locations at different times in Vienna and Berlin. Wælder experimented independently with their tracks, later reassembling them over the internet. The eight pieces tell this process and at the same time create an independent perspective on the process of their creation. A church organ, detuned in manuals and registers, a vacuum cleaner embedded in the sound of a piano, and precisely programmed patterns of electronic devices are just a few of the elements found on the album. “Loss” is the first excerpt. Listen below.
Snorri Hallgrímsson . Snorri Hallgrímsson is an Icelandic composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, known also as collaborator of Ólafur Arnalds. Debut album will be out on March 26th via Moderna Records. “Homeless” is the first excerpt. It features Drew Redman, Joaquin Páll Palomares, Budapest Art Orchestra (conducted by Peter Pejtsik). Listen below.
The Soft Moon. Two years after Deeper, American musician and songwriter Luis Vasquez aka The Soft Moon has announced the release of a new album. Criminal is out on February 2nd via Sacred Bones. We already shared “Burn”; “It Kills” is a new excerpt. Watch the official video directed by Kelsey Henderson.
Abyss X. One year after Nushu, Cretan sound artist and producer Abyss X has announced the release of a new album. Pleasures of The Bull EP is out on February 16th via Danse Noire. Its title from a Minoan legend that deals with rage, greed and destruction, and it expands and reconstructs conceptions of aural space and time. “Critical Path” is the first excerpt. Listen below.
Ian Hawgood and Giulio Aldinucci. Consequence Shadows is the result of collaboration between Italian composer and sound artist Giulio Aldinucci and Home Normal boss Ian Hawgood. It is out on January 30th and it includes a remix by Stijn Hüwels. “Other Ashes” is the first excerpt. Listen below.
Poppy Ackroyd. Three years later Feathers (Denovali Records), British Brighton-based composer Poppy Ackroyd released a new mini-album titled Sketches. Now she announced the release of a new album. Resolve is out later this year via One Little Indian. We already shared “The Calm Before”; “Trains” is a new excerpt. Watch the official video directed by Jola Kudela.
Johanna Warren. One year after Gemini I, our favorite Portland-based musician and singer-songwriter has announced the release of a new album. Gemini II is out on February 16th via Spirit House Records. She shared the first excerpt titled “Here to Tell“. Watch the official video directed by Jordan Tetewsky.
Spindle Ensemble. Spindle Ensemble are a Bristol-based collective and their music combines elements of Classical, Folk, Improvisation and Jazz. Bea is the debut album that is out o January 17th. Cover art for the album was created by Australian illustrator Anna Higgie. “Moonbow” is the first excerpt. Listen below.
Loma. Loma is a new collaborative project that includes Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg and the Texas duo Cross Record. Self-titled debut album is out on February 16th via Sub Pop. We already shared “Black Willow”; “Relay Runner” is a new excerpt. Listen below.
Monumental Men . Monumental Men are a Swiss electronic trio that involve producers BIRU and Melvyn Buss and vocalist Patrick Bishop. They shared a new track titled “Enemy” that shows the dark mood and the tense vibes of the sound and the delicate vocals. It wll be part of upcoming EP.
They clarify the inspiration behind the track: “Frustration is a beautiful thing. We‘d do everything to avoid it – and become better at what we do because of it. That’s the story of Enemy: gathering the strength to tackle our demons until the reason for our tears becomes a cause for a celebratory group-hug.”
Tim Kuhl. Tim Kuhl is a Brooklyn-based drummer, composer, percussionist, and producer, also known as a member of New York bands like The Izzys, Invisible Familiars, and the experimental group Little Worlds. Sky Valley is the new album that is out in the first part of 2018. Watch the official video of the first excerpt “Mutations I“.
Nocow. Len Faki’s Figure is putting out an EP trilogy by St. Petersburg producer Aleksei Nikitin aka Nocow. The three parts of this collection – titled with the Russian names of the elements Vozduh (air), Voda (water), Zemlya (earth)– is out on February 12th, 2018. “Libbi” is the first excerpt. Listen below.
El Perro Del Mar. One year after KoKoro, Swedish singer-songwriter Sarah Assbring aka El Perro Del Mar has announced the release of a new EP. We Are History is out on February 2nd via Control Group (in North America) and Ging Ging (in Europe). “Fight For Life” is the first excerpt. Watch the official video below.
Trè Hùs. Trè Hùs is the Italian project that involves Elvira Caobelli, Luca D’Isola and Pietro Falezza. Debut album will be out later this year via Cabezon Records. “Black&Blue” is the first excerpt that shows the delicate bind between male and female vocals and the refined minimal electronic lines.
Broken Records. Three years after Weights & Pulleys, Scottish Edinburgh-based band Broken Records (Jamie Sutherland, Rory Sutherland, Andy Keeney, Ian Turnbull, Craig Ross and Adam McMillan) have announced the release of a new album. What We Might Know is out on March 30th, 2018. “They Won’t Ever Leave Us Alone” is the first excerpt. Listen below.
Hundred Year Old Man. One year after debut single Black Fire, Leeds-based post-metal six-piece Hundred Year Old Man have announced the release of a new EP. Rei is out on January 26th via Gizeh Records and Wolves & Vibrancy Records as a limited 12” vinyl with an etched b-side in an edition of 300. Debut album will follow later this year. Title-track is the powerful first excerpt. Listen below.
Cedie Janson. Cedie Janson is an Australian musician and producer. Two years after Light Curve, he announced the release of a new EP. Stillness is out later this year. Title-track is the first excerpt that shows dynamic uncontrollable rhythms and percussive beats. Listen below.
Mesadorm. Mesadorm is the new Bristol-based collaborative project lead by singer-songwriter Blythe Pepino of Vaults. It is defined as a project designed to be a truly unique expression of each member’s artistic palette, bringing together a stunning array of musical concepts and timbres. Heterogaster is the debut album that is out on May 11th. “Tell Me” is the first excerpt thats shows delicate and elegant vocals, minimal lines and dynamic rhythms. Watch the official video directed by Tom Jacob with the band.
Holy Motors. Holy Motors are an Estonian band from Tallinn. They have announced the release of their debut album after two EPs. Slow Sundown is out on February 9th via Wharf Cat. “Honeymooning” is the first excerpt that shows dreamy and shoegaze textures. Listen below.
The Empire Line. The Empire Line is the project that includes Northern Electronics co-founder Jonas Rönnberg aka Varg, Posh Isolation’s Christian Stadgaard (who preforms as Vanity Productions and half of Damien Dubrovnik) and vocalist Isak Hansen (Iron Sight). Rave is out on February 19th via Northern Electronics. “Fast Forward” is the first excerpt. Listen below.
Cloud Castle Lake. Cloud Castle Lake is the Dublin-based band that includes Brendan William Jenkinson, Rory O’Connor, Daniel McAuley and Brendan Doherty. New album is due out in spring. We already shared “Twins” ; “Bonfire” is the new excerpt that was produced by Rob Kirwan (Hozier, PJ Harvey).
“Bonfire is based around a pretty simple melody I came up with a few years ago,” explains vocalist Daniel McAuley. “I kept being drawn back to it periodically and steadily adding and expanding it until it grew out into a full song. Writing it felt like a meditative task – what I’d imagine knitting a scarf is like. The choir parts were performed by our pals Tonnta, a contemporary choral group from Dublin. The giddiest day of recording for me was probably the first day they came in and sang through their parts. Getting to hear such talented musicians turn all that midi data and notation into music feels like magic. The lyrics have to do with doubt and denial and keeping secrets. They’re very loosely based on an old Irish/Welsh myth about rival tribes trying to find out the secret name of the other’s god in order to defeat them.”
Sports Team. Sports Team is a British project from Harlesden (west London) with influences of bands as Pavement and The Family Cat. Winter Nets is the debut EP that is out via Nice Swan Recordsthis month. We already shared “Stanton” ; “Beverly Rose” is a new excerpt. Their words about it:
Kal Marks. One year after Life Is Alright, Everybody Dies, Boston-based band Kal Marks will release a new album. Universal Care is out on February 23rd via Exploding In Sound. We already shared “Adventure”; “Loosed” is a new excerpt. Listen below.
TR/ST. TR/ST is the Canadian project lead by Robert Alfons. Three years after Joyland, he announced the release of a new album that will be out later this year. He shared a new track titled “Destroyer“. Nowness has premiered the video directed by Justin Tyler Close and Ryan Heffington.
Heffington says,“TR/ST’S thrilling track DESTROYER induced a feeling of uplifting mourning that inspired movements implying a last ditch effort to save a relationship. Joy remembered, self reflection and turmoil manifested in gestures that lie upon Robbie’s ungulating rhythms and vox set upon the backdrop of a familiar location – home for most of us that created this piece – the streets of Silver Lake, LA.”