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hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Indie Albums
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hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Indie Albums

Over the next 10 days we'll be previewing 100 of the best albums you can expect to hear in 2017. Most will come out, some inevitably won't, but they are all worth getting excited about. 

Today we move on to indie...

 

The xx


A little background…

It’s been five years since The xx’s second LP Co-Exist, but they will return in early 2017 with a brand new LP.

In the time in between the band have slowly worked on new material while percussionist/producer Jamie xx also took time to record and release a very successful solo LP named In Colour. But that’s on hold now and it’s back to work as a threesome once again...


Any titles yet?

Yes sir, it’s been given the title I See You.


Have they got a producer on board?

It was recorded between March 2014 and August 2016 in New York, Texas, Reykjavik, Los Angeles and London and produced by the band’s Jamie Smith with assistance from Rodaidh McDonald.


Any special guests?

None, just the three of them.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

More blissful electronica with soulful vocals and it’ll be with us on January 13th. You can pre-order it here.

 

 


The Horrors


A little background…

After the release of their 2014 album Luminous, the psychedelic indie five-piece have taken time to do other things in the last couple of years. Frontman Faris Badwan released a second LP with his dream pop project Cat’s Eyes, while keyboardist Tom Furse has been working with his band Innerspace Orchestra.

The group, who always write as a five, have however been working away in their studio in East London on a new album and it’s expected to arrive this year.


Any titles yet?

Not so far.


Have they got a producer on board?

They have and it’s an interesting left turn. Having handled duties on the last two albums themselves this time the band have turned to Paul Epworth, the man who was at the controls for some of Adele and Florence And The Machine’s biggest hits.


Any special guests?

Nothing named in that regard so far.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

With Epworth at the controls it’s hard to predict what kind of album the band will come back with, but you’d imagine those glorious soundscapes will still be there. As for when, there’s no word on that.

 

 


Elbow


A little background…

Elbow have been busy in the time between 2014’s The Take Off And Landing Of Everything. Various members have become fathers and pursued other projects, including singer Guy Garvey, who unveiled his first solo LP last year.

As ever though they’ve reunited promptly and a new album is done, dusted and on the way...


Any titles yet?

Yes indeed, it’s called Little Fictions.


Have they got a producer on board?

Craig Potter, the band’s keyboard player, has handled production on this new album.


Any special guests?

Indeed, and sees them collaborate with The Hallé Orchestra, the Hallé Ancoats Community Choir, members of London Contemporary Voices and session drummer Alex Reeves. Reeves, who has worked with Bat For Lashes and on frontman Guy Garvey's solo album, has replaced longtime drummer Richard Jupp who left earlier this year.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Another gorgeous LP of swirling indie rock, it’ll be with us on February 3rd and you can pre-order it here.

 

 


The Killers

 

A little background…

By the time we tick into 2017 it’ll have been five years since we had a new album from The Killers.

They began work on the album in late 2015 after Brandon Flowers finished touring in support of his second solo LP The Desired Effect and did so solidly through 2016. They’ve now confirmed that a new album will be with us next year.


Any titles yet?

Not so far.


Have they got a producer on board?

The band have conducted sessions with OneRepublic mainman Ryan Tedder, but the man at the controls for the album is Jacknife Lee, he of Bloc Party, Twin Atlantic and R.E.M producing fame.


Any special guests?

Nothing’s confirmed in that regard, though they did give Robbie Williams a song for his new album Heavy Entertainment Show, maybe he will return the favour?


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Conventions with The Killers suggests that they go from electropop to dust in throat rock and roll from album to album. We had rock and roll on 2012’s Battle Born so we’re due an electropop album, but it’s been five years so maybe things have changed? As for when, we’d bet before summer and the festivals.

 


Haim


A little background…

After completing their touring commitments for their hugely successful debut Days Are Gone in the middle of 2015, the Haim sisters have been writing the follow-up. Initially it was expected to arrive in 2016, but sessions have run over with the band having to cancel a European festival run this summer to keep working on the album.

But it all looks go for 2017...


Any titles yet?

None so far.


Have they got a producer on board?

They have. As they did for their debut they've been working with producer Ariel Rechtshaid as well as ex-Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij.


Any special guests?

None that we know about so far.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

More sunny pop with those gorgeous sisterly harmonies. Again we’d go spring, ahead of another trip around the festivals.

 

 


Circa Waves


A little background…

The Liverpudlian foursome have enjoyed an excellent start to their fledgeling career with their debut album Young Chasers. It sold handsomely and saw them ending their tour as Brixton Academy headliners. Now for the follow-up...


Any titles yet?

They have, their second album will be titled Different Creatures.


Have they got a producer on board?

For this album the band have turned to Alan Moulder, the man best known for his work with Foals and Nine Inch Nails, he co-produces alongside the band themselves.


Any special guests?

Nope.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

The same chirpy and supremely catchy indie pop of their debut, but with a bit more muscle and power in the production. It’s out on March 10th and you can pre-order it here.

 

 


Sky Ferreira

 

A little background…

We’d all expected that the follow-up to the singer’s hugely acclaimed debut LP Night Time, My Time would arrive in 2016, but filming roles in Elvis & Nixon, the much anticipated new reboot of Twin Peaks and black metal biopic Lords Of Chaos have got in the way of that somewhat. Hopefully 2017 will be the year...


Any titles yet?

The album will be called Masochism.


Have they got a producer on board?

The singer has been working with Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen, as she did on her first album.


Any special guests?

Ferreira contributed vocals to a track on Primal Scream’s 2016 Chaosmosis and Bobby Gillespie and guitarist Andrew Innes are expected to return for the favour for her second LP.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Another eccentric collection of wondrous indie pop. Hopefully it’ll be with us this year, but that probably depends on her filming commitments, we hope so anyway...

 

 


Sundara Karma


A little background…

The hotly tipped psychedelic upstarts have steadily built their presence through relentless touring and a stream of excellent singles. Now for their debut album...


Any titles yet?

Yes indeed, their debut LP has been given the title of Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect, it’s a quote from Plato dontcha know?


Have they got a producer on board?

Larry Hibbitt, guitarist in Hundred Reasons, has been at the controls.


Any special guests?

None.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Blissed out grooves and soundscapes to fill the biggest of venues. You haven’t got long to wait either, it’s out January 6th.

 


Vampire Weekend


A little background…

It’s been four years since Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires Of The City, an album that topped many an end of year list back in 2013. In the time in between the band have lost a member with Rostam Batmanglij, guitarist and key songwriter announcing that he is no longer part of the band. That said Batmanglij has since revealed that although he is now focusing on his solo work and working with other artists, he will still be working on the band’s new album and has been in the studio with the other members.


Any titles yet?

Frontman Ezra Koenig has said that the working title is Mitsubishi Macchiato, it may not stay like that...


Have they got a producer on board?

The band have been working with Ariel Rechtshaid once again, but have also said he will not be the only collaborator on the album.


Any special guests?

Aside from Rostam, there’s nothing confirmed.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Another shimmering album of experimental indie pop with meandering rhythms and gorgeous choruses. Newly signed to Columbia Records, the band’s new label have said it’ll be with us between April and September...

 


Japandroids


A little background…

The Canadian post-rock duo toured hard in support of their 2013 Celebration Rock, but have enjoyed an awful lot of downtime since then, in fact until they announced their return with a brand new LP, we’d not heard a peep for almost three years. They’re back now though...


Any titles yet?

It’s been given the title Near To The Wild Heart Of Life.


Have they got a producer on board?

Jesse Gander, who engineered the band’s first two records, is back again, working alongside the band themselves on production.


Any special guests?

Louise Burns, Melissa Gregerson, and Olga Straffon contribute vocals on an album track, but that's all you've got.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

More jagged, angular and noisy blasts of alternative rock, it’ll be with us on January 27th. 

 

 

 

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