by Shazwan Zulkiffli
Music For Cars by The 1975
The 1975 cemented their place in the indie rock hierarchy when their second record I Love It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of remedied with contemporary music fans worldwide. That record is one beast to beat, but we are confident that Matt Healy is able to come up with something as tragic and heartbreaking as his previous works – or better.
Combat Sports by The Vaccines
Once lauded as one of the best alternative bands during the Britpop decline, The Vaccines impressed with back to back hit albums What Do You Expect From The Vaccines and Come of Age. Sadly, their last album English Graffiti didn’t live up to the hype that the previous two promised, but after releasing two Come of Age-sounding singles in ‘I Can’t Quit’ and ‘Nightclub’, The Vaccines are back at putting fans at the edge of their seats.
TBA by Arctic Monkeys
There’s three types of Arctic Monkeys fans: pre-AM fans, AM fans, and fans who can enjoy both eras without making a fuss. Regardless of the obvious split in their fanbase, news that the Coolest Monkeys in the Arctic will be coming back with a new album excites us all. Will they bring their ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ sound back? Maybe more of coffee shop rock n roll like AM? Or will Alex Turner break his own heart again and write something like ‘Suck It And See?’ We’ll know very soon.
Mitsubishi Macchiato by Vampire Weekend
It’s been 5 years since our favorite campus Vampires released a record suitable for our daily commute. Speaking of commute, this time Vampire Weekend might just bring a Mitsubishi to the show. In the wake of Rostam Batmanjig’s departure, Ezra Koenig has announced that they’re busy conjuring something in the Vampire lair somewhere, and the only thing that’s certain is that it will be called Mitsubishi Macchiato.
Boarding House Reach by Jack White
Lazaretto helped Jack White reached heights he has never been before with The White Stripes/ The Dead Weather/ The Raconteurs, but he has gone to space and beyond to produce his new album, Boarding House Reach. If you put aside ‘Connected by Love’, Jack White has gone full on bass and bongos for this new album, that has divided his fans. But let’s be a bit positive, because Jack never disappoints right?
Little Dark Age by MGMT
The most celebrated duo in 2007 has returned with new material, starting with the ‘Little Dark Age’. But from the two new songs, what we’re sure of is that Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser have been smoking some seriously exotic designer stuff off late, because they are ridiculously amazing and original. We can’t wait for the whole ‘experience’ to be out.
Always Ascending by Franz Ferdinand
One of the sexiest British alternative band of the post-Britpop era has turned into a whole different band entirely. Naming your album Always Ascending may be a tad bit ambitious, but as the Godfathers of foot-tapping indie pop in Glasgow, you can practically do anything at this point. Let’s just hope the album isn’t a start of a descend yeah?
Resistance is Futile by Manic Street Preachers
As one of the last true British rock bands, it was unlikely to hear anything from the Manic Boys. But you can never write off the Welsh, because with Resistance is Futile, it seems like Manic Street Preachers will be giving the world another catchy, hard-wired rock album.
TBA by My Bloody Valentine
If the Welsh has Manic Street Preachers, God blessed the Irish with a proper shoegaze legend in My Bloody Valentine. Their Loveless album is the holy grail of British shoegaze and as a fan of shoegaze, how can one forget the iconic intro to ‘When You Sleep’. After decades, My Bloody Valentine will finally give their fans another album, and according to rumors, may be their last.
TBA by Julian Casablancas & The Voidz
The Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas is finally part of The Voidz after the band posted an official skit video in celebration of his induction. As much as we miss The Strokes, Chief Julian has been making good music with The Voidz, and their song ‘Wink’ is a promise that this album will be a good one.