previews... - December 19, 2018 previews... 2019's Best Indie, Folk and Country Albums
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. previews... 2019's Best Indie, Folk and Country Albums

Over the next few days, we'll be previewing 50 of the best albums you can expect to hear in 2019. Almost all of them will come out, some inevitably won't, but they are all worth getting excited about. 

We continue today with the best of indie, folk and country...


Circa Waves

Title: What’s It Like Over There?

Release Date: April 5th


The Scouse indie foursome return with another LP of angular guitars and dreamy choruses for their third album.

Recorded with Smashing Pumpkins/Foals producer Alan Moulder, the album finds the band in an introspective mood, with the lyrical inspiration coming from an old notebook frontman Kieran Shudall had filled in a half-drunk, half-sleep deprived state whilst the band were supporting Two Door Cinema Club across America back in 2015.

The LP is the band’s first since leaving major label Universal for the independent confines of PIAS.

You can pre-order the album here.


Jenny Lewis

Title: On The Line

Release Date: Spring 2019


The former Rilo Kiley singer will drop her fourth studio album in the spring, her first since 2014’s The Voyager.

To help her out, Lewis has recruited some all-star guests, including Ringo Starr, Beck, former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, multi-instrumentalist/producer Don Was and iconic session drummer Jim Keltner.




Title: When We Land

Release Date: March 1st


The much-anticipated debut album from the London-based indie dream poppers finally arrives in March next year.

The album has been recorded by Charlie Andrew, who has stewarded Alt-J and Crystal Fighters in the past. It showcases the band’s groove-laden melodies and their very keen ear for a big, big chorus.

You can pre-order the album here. 



White Lies

Title: Five

Release Date: February 1st


The electro post-punk types release their appropriately titled fifth album in February.

The LP is their first since 2016’s Friends and their first for new label PIAS. Ed Buller, who produced the band’s debut and 2013’s Big TV, is back at the controls for this record, which see the band turning up the guitars.

You can pre-order the album here. 



Ward Thomas

Title: Restless Minds

Release Date: February 1st


Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas surprised everyone, including themselves, when their second effort Cartwheels shot straight to Number One. Now though, they've got to follow it up. 

For new effort Restless Minds, they're stepped things right up. 

Among the collaborators on the new album are Ed Drewett, who helped Olly Murs write 'Dear Darlin', One Direction pen monster hits 'Best Song Ever' and 'History' and Little Mix with their stormer 'Black Magic', Steve Robson, the man who helped Busted write all their early hits, and Joe Rubel, a key collaborator on Ed Sheeran's ÷. 

You can pre-order the album here. 




Title: Strange Creatures

Release Date: February 22nd


Eoin and Rory Loveless make it three albums and counting in early 2019 with the release of Strange Creatures.

The pair reunite with producer Ross Orton and pick up where they left off with 2015's Undertow with an LP of raw, uncompromising angular rock.

You can pre-order the album here. 



Sharon Van Etten

Title: Remind Me Tomorrow

Release Date: January 18th


The beloved singer-songwriter takes a side step for her first new LP since 2014's Are We There. 

Produced by St Vincent/Blondie key man John Congleton, the album sees Van Etten pushing synths and electronics to the forefront of her sound. 

The album also inclues a slew of big-name guests including Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa, Heather Woods Broderick and The Last Shadow Puppets' Zachary Dawes. 


You can pre-order the album here.



Sundara Karma

Title: Ulfilas' Alphabet

Release Date: March 1st.


The eccentric indie foursome follow-up their hit debut Youth Is Only Fun In Retrospect with an equally madcap sophomore effort. 

The album has been made by pop kingpin Stuart Price and Everything Everything's Alex Robertshaw and sees the band embracing pop production, while putting it through own experimental filter. 

In case you were wondering, Ulfilas was a Christian missionary who created the Gothic alphabet and he has inspired some of the album. 

You can pre-order the album here. 





Title: Happy In The Hollow

Release Date: January 25th


The psychedelic indie types go direct on their fourth full-length effort, which mixes post-punk and krautrock into the band's already heady brew of psychedelia. 

The album, their first for new label Tough Love Records, is self-produced and was recorded between their own home tape studios and mixed at Dan Carey’s Studio B in South London

You can pre-order the album here. 



Maggie Rogers

Title: Heard It In A Past Life

Release Date: January 18th


The singer, who found worldwide fame after she reduced Pharrell Williams to tears with one of her compositions, finally drops her first major-label full-length effort in early 2019.

Greg Kurstin, Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and frequent Florence + The Machine collaborator Kid Harpoon are among the production talent on the album, which showcases Rogers' ethereal witchy pop. 

The LP includes 'Alaska' and 'On And Off', which have already gathered huge audiences online. 


You can pre-order the album here. 


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