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hmv.com presents… 70 Albums to get you excited for 2016! #4 Indie
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hmv.com presents… 70 Albums to get you excited for 2016! #4 Indie

2015 was a brilliant year for albums, but 2016 is going to be even better and we're going to prove it. Over the seven days we're going to be previewing 70 albums, most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally see the light of day (we’re looking at you Tool…). 

We continue today with some indie rock...

 

Savages

 

A little background...

Savages' debut album Silence Yourself won the band many admirers, prompting many in the music press to compare them to the likes of Joy Division and Siouxsie and the Banshees, as well as earning them a nomination for the BBC Sound of 2013 poll and a place on the shortlist for the Mercury Prize. Since then they've toured Europe and America and taken part in shows at the 3-day Station to Station event at London's Barbican, as well as performing at Banksy's Dismaland. In October 2015  they announced a raft of UK tour dates for early 2016 and also announced that their sophomore album would be arriving early in the year, recruiting former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins to narrate the album's trailer.

 

What's it called?

The new album will be called Adore Life.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Judging from the band's first single from the new album, 'The Answer' – as well as the snippets featured in the album trailer – Savages have lost none of their gnarly edge and we can expect more of the same fizzing guitars and grinding bass riffs, although there is a slightly harder, beefed-up quality to some of the teased new tracks.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

The band have retained producer Johnny Hostile, who produced the band's debut and was formerly the other half of John & Jehn, the pre-Savages duo featuring their vocalist Jehnny Beth.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

The release date is already confirmed as January 22nd, you can pre-order it here...

 

 

M83

 

A little background...

What started out as a duo between Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau has, since 2011, essentially been a solo project for Gonzalez, with Fromageau leaving shortly after the tour for their second album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. Despite this, M83 have steadily risen in the public conciousness over the last few years and their last album, 2011's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, proved to be their most commercially successful yet, yielding hits like 'Midnight City' and earning a Grammy nomination.

In December 2015, Gonzalez revealed that its follow-up was finished and also announced some new tour dates for 2016.

 

What's it called?

The title hasn't been announced yet.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gonzalez has this to say about the new album: “It’s very epic. There’s a lot of different genres that are not supposed to live together but I tried to make them live together, which is quite challenging. It’s also quite different from the previous albums which is what I’m the most proud of.” Bizarrely, he also revealed that lyrical inspiration for the album had come from 80s TV shows like Who's the Boss and Punky Brewster.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

Nine Inch Nails bassist J. Meldal-Johnsen is manning the controls for the new record, and although there haven't been any names revealed Gonzalez did promise that there would be “lots of unexpected guests”.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

We think this will arrive in 2016 for sure, but there's no release date at the time of writing.



Bloc Party

 

A little background...

After the release of their fourth album – entitled simply Four – in 2012, Bloc Party released an EP called The Nightwave Sessions before announcing an “indefinite hiatus” while the members focussed on other projects. In the two years since then, members Matt Tong and Gordon Moakes both announced that they have departed the band for good. Their replacements, bassist Justin Harris and drummer Louise Bartle, made their on-stage debuts with the band a two low-key shows in Los Angeles in the summer of 2015 before performing at FYF Fest in August. A month later, lead vocalist Kele Okereke announced that the band were working on a fifth album before unveiling two new tracks in a session for Radio 1.

 

What's it called?

It's called Hymns.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Replacing the rhythm section is always going to change a band's sound, but even so there's nothing too radical about the new tracks in terms of the band's direction – if anything it feels more stripped back than some of their earlier work, but it's more of a gradual evolution than a revolution, if you'll pardon the hackneyed phrase...

 

Who's producing it? Any special guests?

No guests, just the four members, and the production is being handled by Tim Bran and Roy Kerr.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

It'll be in stores on January 29th, you can pre-order it here...



 

Royal Blood

 

A little background...

Sussex duo Royal Blood have earned themselves a reputation as a fearsome live act in the couple of years that have elapsed since their eponymous debut landed in 2013, wringing an impressive wall of sound out of their bass-and-drums-and-that's-your-lot line up. They toured the album extensively, delivered some blistering live performances at festivals like Reading & Leeds and have now begun the writing process for their second album.

 

What's it called?

We've no idea at this stage, they haven't announced anything yet.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

The only thing we've got to go on here is one new track that the duo played for the first time at Reading & Leeds called 'Hook, Line and Sinker', a monstrous riff-driven number that could easily have fitted on their debut, but by their own admission it was the first new song they'd completed so it's difficult to say what the rest of the album will sound like just yet.

 

Who's producing it?

We don't know  who's producing yet, it's too early to say. Same goes for guests, but we don't imagine there will loads of guest stars, it doesn't really seem like their style.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Bassist/vocalist Mike Kerr has said that they're aiming to deliver a new album this year, but that's as far as it goes. We certainly hope so though, that new track sounds absolutely massive.




 

The xx

 

A little background...

Although it's been nearly four years since the London three-piece released their last full-length offering, Coexist, it's not like Jamie xx has been twiddling his thumbs; he's released his solo debut In Colour and been doing production work for the likes of Alicia Keys, but recently the band have been back in the studio, posting pictures of themselves fiddling with synthesizers on their Instagram account.

 

What's it called?

We've no idea yet. 

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

We don't imagine it will be too much of a departure – Jamie has had a solo album to get an extra-curricular urges our of his system, so we think they'll be picking up roughly where they left off and moving forward from there.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

The band have revealed that they've been working with producer Rodaidh McDonald, but there's no word on any guests at the time of writing.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Everything points to a release some time in 2016, but there's no release date yet.



Chairlift

 

A little background...

Having made the transition from being a three-piece to being a duo following the departure of founding member Aaron Pfenning, Brooklyn-based dreampop merchants Chairlift released their sophomore album Something in 2012. Since then the band have toured extensively, as well as pursuing some extra-curricular activities; vocalist Caroline Polachek helped write 'No Angel' for Beyonce and released a solo album under the name Ramona Lisa, while guitarist Patrick Wimberly has written and produced tracks for the likes of Das Racist and Solange Knowles. In October, the band announced their third album and dropped a new track entitled 'Ch-Ching'.

 

What's it called?

The new album is called Moth.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Not really, although the new tracks unveiled so far are slightly more synth-heavy than some of the songs on their previous outings, like the guitar-propelled 2012 single 'Met Before.' A press release described the album as “emotionally uninhibited and markedly stronger.” So there's that.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

The duo are producing the album themselves, but there don't seem to be any guests on the album, just Caroline and Patrick.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

It's due to hit the shelves on January 22nd.



 

Hinds

 

A little background...

Madrid's all-female band Hinds have been steadily making a name for themselves since emerging in 2012, winning hearts and minds with their infectious brand of lo-fi garage rock. In September they finally announced that their debut album would be released in 2016.

 

What's it called?

It's called Leave Me Alone.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Nope, you can expect more of those catchy garage rock vibes featured on the band's first couple of singles.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

The album is being produced by Diego Garcia from fellow Spanish garage rockers The Parrots. It's just the girls though, so no guests.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

It'll be in stores from January 8th, you can pre-order it here. 



Metronomy

 

A little background...

When we spoke to Metronomy's Joe Mount on their fourth album release back in 2014, he described Love Letters – a surprisingly retro affair in many ways - as his attempt to “slightly re-frame the sixties”. The band even persuaded director Michel Gondry to return to his former career as creator of some of the most imaginative music videos we've ever seen, recruiting him to create a video for the album's title track and lead-off single. Last year, he told The Guardian that he probably “had two albums left” in him, the next of which he began talking up around June 2015, saying that he expected it to arrive at some point in the next year.

 

What's it called?

We don't know yet.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Back in the summer, Mount was talking about his intention to create a “confident dance record”, citing the likes of Beck and Bryan Ferry as artists that were having an influence on the material he was writing for the new album: “If you think of, like, Bryan Ferry, where he went and did 'Avalon' and all this sophisticated pop music. I think that's what I'm aiming for.” So there you have it.

 

Who's producing it?

Mount usually produces the albums himself, so we don't imagine this will be any different. There's no word on guest slots as yet though, so we'll have to wait and see on that one.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

It seems likely given that it's been six months since Mount started talking about a new record, but there's no release date as yet.



The 1975

 

A little background...

The Manchester band earned themselves many plaudits when their self-titled debut dropped in 2013, packed as it was with shimmering, groove-laden pop songs and jangly, funk-tinged guitars, all underpinning a knack for a radio-friendly melody and an infectious hook. The band toured extensively, took some time out to regroup and announced in November that their sophomore LP would arrive early in 2016, as well as unveiling some new tour dates in the UK.

 

What's it called?

Take a deep breath, this one's a bit of a mouthful – it's called I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Broadly speaking, no. However, the new single 'Love Me' has a distinctly Duran Duran-esque vibe to it, with an accompanying video that features lead singer Matt Healy swigging champagne and dancing with cardboard cut-outs of an odd mix of famous faces, from Ed Sheeran to Rowan Atkinson in full Mr. Bean guise.

 

Who's producing it? Any big-name guests?

The band of retained Mark Crossley, who produced their debut, for the follow-up. There don't appear to be any guest slots though, unless you count those cardboard cut-outs...

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

It'll be in stores from February 26th, you can pre-order it here. 



The Killers

 

A little background...

Since the release of their last album, 2012's Battle Born, Las Vegas band The Killers have been on a bit of a hiatus and working on side projects. Singer Brandon Flowers released his second solo album The Desired Effect in 2015, while drummer Ronnie Vannucci also released the second album with his side-project Big Talk, entitled Straight In No Kissin'. In a 2015 interview with NME, Flowers said that the band were tentatively beginning work on a fifth album, also stating quite flatly that he felt Battle Born “wasn't good enough”.

 

What's it called?

There's been no announcement on a title as yet.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

As with many band that have various side projects going on, there are opportunities to get other ideas out of your system through other channels, so while it's still very early days for their fifth album we really don't expect anything radically different to their previous records.

 

Who's producing it? An special guests?

There's no word on any of that yet, but it will probably be recorded at the band's Battle Born studio just outside Las Vegas.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

This could go either way; Flowers himself said in the NME interview that “in a perfect world” fans would be able to hear something new “at the end of 2016, maybe.”

 

I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it The 1975

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