Summer brings a whole new season for music, and this year there are plenty of albums to anticipate for sweet summer jams.
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’
The much anticipated return of the indie rock and roll band will come May 11. Following their popular “AM” album released nearly five years ago, fans will be expecting many hits with sounds reminiscent of their past records. 1950s greaser band vibes is the minimum requirement for this band.
They have already released tour dates for the summer and a trailer teasing the futuristic sound of the new album.
Frontman Alex Turner commented, “It’s got more chords. And space s—.” If you listen to the teaser trailer, this certainly seems to be true.
As for myself, this is the summer album I’m most looking forward to.
Vampire Weekend – ‘Mitsubishi Macchiato’ (Working title)
Indie prep band Vampire Weekend is in the same boat as the Arctic Monkeys in that they haven’t released new music since 2013.
Frontman Ezra Koenig has done some teasing on Twitter, even revealing the working title, “Mitsubishi Macchiato.” I’m hoping they can come up with something better than that.
Even though they’re missing a quarter of their members, fans should be in for a treat, according to an article by New Musical Express (NME) with their producer Ariel Rechtstaid.
Koenig confirmed that the album won’t stray from the indie-pop sound that fans love and will not be leaving out any guitar.
Since the release of their last album, “Modern Vampires of the City,” former member Rostam Batmanglij and percussionist Chris Tomson have both released solo albums. The freedom of creativity is incredible for the band.
While there has not yet been an official release date, fans can look forward to hearing their beloved Vampire Weekend sometime soon this summer.
Kanye West – Title TBA
Making a return to the Twitterverse, Kanye West teased some very important details about his upcoming album, including a release date of June 1.
This new album is coming up relatively quickly from the 2016 release of “The Life of Pablo.”
Along with his seven-track album will be a collaboration album with Kid Cudi, which will be released June 8, titled “Kids See Ghosts” that fans will absolutely adore.
According to an NME article, Ye’s newest album will be both “brooding and trap-influenced,” which hints to the “introspective vibe” of his 2008 record “808s & Heartbreaks.”
I will listen to anything Yeezy produces, even if he’s pretentious and out of his mind. You have to admit the man can produce damn good albums.
CHVRCHE – ‘Love Is Dead’
Fans can anticipate Chvrches’ return May 25 with “Love Is Dead,” featuring 14 new songs.
A leak of the song “My Enemy” will feature unique vocals from The National’s Matt Berninger.
In an article with NME, Lauren Mayberry commented, “The band wanted everything to be really honest … if it’s going to be more pop, it should be more aggressively pop – there’s no doing things in half measures.”
“Love Is Dead” should be a more raw follow-up to their 2015 release “Every Open Eye.”
Beach House – ‘7’
The duo’s seventh record, appropriately titled “7” is set to be released May 11.
The record features their new single “Dive” and previous track “Lemon Glow” and includes contributions from Spaceman 3’s Sonic Boom and their touring drummer James Barone, according to an article with Pitchfork.
The tracklist will feature 11 songs.
Lykke Li – ‘so sad so sexy’
The Swedish artist’s fourth album, “so sad so sexy” is set to be released June 8, following her previous album, “I Never Learn” from 2014.
Singles “deep end” and “hard rain” produced by Rostam, previously of Vampire Weekend, have already been released to long-awaiting fans.
In an interview with Pitchfork in 2016, the artist commented, “I feel like I’m always doing opposite things … I’m accidentally doing pop, in a very non-shameful way.”
The song “deep end” certainly speaks for this pop comment.
After her hit “Get Some,” I am very much looking forward to this new album.
Summer 2018 will be full of bangers. Along with these artists comes many other new releases, including from Post Malone, Troye Sivan, Florence + The Machine and Courtney Barnett.