Best Albums of March 2022: hmv.com previews the top 5...
New albums from Rex Orange County, Charli XCX and Ghost are among the best new LPs coming in March 2022...
Alexander O’Connor had already self-released a couple of albums under his adopted Rex Orange County name before he was brought to the attention of a wider audience by his inclusion on ‘Boredom’, a track featured on Tyler, the Creator’s Grammy-nominated 2017 album Flower Boy. His subsequent major label debut Pony arrived in 2019 and sailed straight into the UK Album Chart’s top five.
A live EP recorded at New York’s Radio City Music Hall followed in 2020, but this month he’s back with a brand new studio album. Who Cares? has been crafted in Amsterdam with collaborator Benny Sings, who also worked on Rex’s breakout single ‘Loving Is Easy’. Due to arrive in stores on March 11, the new album features 11 new tracks including recent singles ‘Keep It Up’ and ‘Amazing’, as well as a return-fixture appearance from Tyler on ‘Open a Window’.
Charli XCX’s most recent full-length offering How I’m Feeling Now was an album that not only arrived in the thick of the first pandemic lockdown in early 2020, but was also very much a product of it, both in terms of its themes and its fan-collaborative nature, offering a glimpse at a much more intimate and low-key side to her music.
Charli returns in March with its follow-up, Crash, and we think it’s fair to say there’s been a “vibe shift” since her last outing - take this snippet from the press release that accompanied the album’s announcement, which describes recruiting her album’s many collaborators using her “femme fatale powers and a multitude of dark spells and curses”, before adding that they “will all remain locked in my basement forever.”
Those unfortunate souls include Rina Sawayama, Oneohtrix Point Never, Ariel Rechtshaid and George Daniel of The 1975, who will now presumably need to recruit a new guitarist. Pending any updates on their release, you’ll be able to hear them all – possibly for the last time – when Crash makes its landing in stores on March 18.
Back in March with their fifth studio album Impera, their first since 2018’s Prequelle, the anonymous, Satanic priests of Metal return with more thunderous rhythms and doom-laden riffs, led once again by the familiar face of their frontman Papa Emeritus – now in his fourth incarnation after Cardinal Copia’s ‘ascendance’, for anyone who has been following their fantastical story.
After working with Royal Blood and Pixies producer Tom Dalgetty on their last outing, this time he nameless souls have reverted to working with their Swedish compatriot Klas Åhlund, who also produced the band’s 2015 LP Meliora. Containing 12 new tracks including recent releases ‘Hunter’s Moon’ and ‘Call Me Little Sunshine’, Impera arrives in stores on March 11.
Jamaican-born singer Mikayla Simpson – better known as Koffee – had begun releasing a string of singles as early as 2017, but really started to find an audience with her 2018 single ‘Toast’, which grazed the lower reaches of the UK’s charts. When those songs finally arrived together in the form of her debut EP Rapture in 2019, however, it made a much larger impact, earning a Grammy award for Best Reggae album, despite containing only five songs.
Now Koffee is ready to release her debut studio album, Gifted, which makes its arrival in our stores on March 25 and includes 10 new tracks including recent singles ‘West Indies’ and ‘Oull Up’, the video for which you can find below…
Rock survivors Placebo are set to return in March with Never Let Me Go, their eighth studio album and their first in nine years, their last full-length effort having arrived back in 2013 with Loud Like Love.
Only frontman Brian Molko and Guitarist / bassist Stefan Olsdal remain from the band’s original line-up, but he pair spent the years in the run-up to the pandemic crafting their eighth album together in London and now, after several delays, their return is full steam ahead with a European headline tour and their new LP Never Let Me Go set to land in stores on March 25.