Please note release dates are correct at time of writing but my be subject to change if the artist/label feels like it.
The Strokes - Angles
"You’re So Right" seem to be a return to roots and an interesting new direction respectively ("I had some early R.E.M. vibes for a minute or two", says singer Julian Casablancas). I’ve got that magical feeling over this one, check out "Under Cover of Darkness" below and hopefully experience it for yourself.
Angles is released via Rough Trade on 21/3/11 in the UK and via RCA on 22/3/11 in the US.
Bibio - Mind Bokeh
on an ad for Amazon's Kindle, taken from his 2009 album Ambivalence Avenue. However Mind Bokeh’s opening track "Excuses" sounds so far removed from "Lovers’ Carvings" that I’m expecting the album to be quite the ride once it’s released.
Mind Bokeh is released via Warp on 29/3/11 in the US and 4/4/11 in the UK/ROW.
Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!
"I Will Come Back", the video of which is a near-perfect update of New Order’s "Confusion". If that wasn’t enough to show you how great these guys are, take a listen to new album track “Do It Again” below, or download it here.
Holy Ghost! is released via DFA on iTunes on 5/4/11 and CD/LP on 12/4/11.
TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
Nine Types of Light is released via Interscope on 12/4/11.
Panda Bear - Tomboy
Tomboy is released via Paw Tracks on 12/4/11.
Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is released via Bella Union on 18/4/11 in the UK and 25/4/11 for the rest of Europe, and via Temporary Residence on 26/4/11 in the US.
Tyler, the Creator - Goblin
|Cover for "Yonkers" single|
Goblin is released via XL Recordings circa 4/11.
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Helplessness Blues is released via Bella Union on 2/5/11 in the UK and via Sub Pop on 3/5/11 in the US.
Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
Eye Contact is released via 4AD on 9/5/11.
Battles - Gloss Drop
|Cover Art TBC|
Gloss Drop is released via Warp on 7/6/11 in the US and 6/6/11 in the UK/ROW.
What albums are you looking forward to this year? I’ll be interested to see how these albums will compare to my expectations, what I’ll end up talking about at the end of the year, and how the releases of this year compare with 2010 and 2012.