February 20, 2018

Best Albums of March 2018: hmv.com previews the top 10...
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by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 20/02/2018


hmv.com Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Best Albums of March 2018: hmv.com previews the top 10...

George Ezra, Fickle Friends, David Byrne and Jack White are among the artists with new albums out in March...

Staying at Tamara's

George Ezra - Staying at Tamara's

Out March 23rd

It’s taken the singer-songwriter four years to provide a follow-up to his hugely successful debut album Wanted On Voyage, but it arrives next month.

Seeking inspiration of a different kind for his second LP, the album was written in a variety of locations across the globe, including a pig farm in Norfolk and an Airbnb in Barcelona. The Airbnb incidentally was owned by Tamara, who gives the album its name.

For this album, Ezra has worked once again with Athlete frontman Joel Pott and London Grammar/Florence And The Machine frequent collaborator Cam Blackwood for the production.



You Are Someone Else

Fickle Friends - You Are Someone Else

Out March 16th

The dance-pop collective have spent the last two years delighting us with a series of bouncy, energetic, smart and ever-so-catchy singles and in March we’ll finally get to hear their debut album.

For their debut, they’ve enlisted the help of 1975 producer Mike Crossey, Years and Years man Mark Ralph and JP Cooper/Zara Larsson Mike Spencer.

Largely recorded in Los Angeles, but written during the band’s years as an independent hard-touring act, you can expect a joyous debut LP.


Boarding House Reach

Jack White - Boarding House Reach

Out March 23rd

The former White Stripes man has always been a fan of old school recordings techniques, but he has taken things to extremes on his new album Boarding House Reach.

For this new album, White worked alone in a small apartment in Nashville, writing on a reel-to-reel tape recorder he purchased when he was 14, before eventually transferring recording sessions to Third Man Studio in Nashville, Sear Sound in New York City, and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

For this record, White has provided guitars, drums, organs, and synthesizers as well as most of the vocals, but does call upon guest spots from C.W. Stoneking and Autolux drummer Carla Azur.


Tearing at the Seams

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Tearing at the Seams

Out March 9th

The folk singer turned soul man returns next month with a brand new collection.

The album is the follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut and continues in the rich soulful vein of that LP.

The band worked once again with Foxygen/The Shins knob twiddler Richard Swift and recorded in Rodeo, New Mexico.


Combat Sports (Hmv Exclusive)

The Vaccines - Combat Sports

Out March 30th

Much has changed in The Vaccines’ camp since the release of their last LP English Graffiti.

At the tail end of touring the album, the band announced the departure of drummer Pete Robertson and initially planned to continue as a three-piece. They soon changed their minds and have now swelled to a fivesome with new drummer Yoann Intonti and touring keyboardist Timothy Lanham now permanent members of the band.

For their new album, they’ve headed up to Sheffield and recorded with Arctic Monkeys/Drenge producer Ross Orton and channelled the fast, punky indie rock into a new collection.


All Nerve

The Breeders - Nervous Mary

Out March 2nd

A decade on from their last LP Mountain Battles, former Pixies bassist Kim Deal and her sister Kelley come back together for this new album.

The album features Josephine Wiggs on bass and Jim Macpherson on drums, bringing back together the same line-up that recorded the band’s beloved 1993 album Last Splash.

A series of producers have helped out, including Steve Albini, Mike Montgomery, Greg Norman and Tom Rastikis, while eccentric Aussie songstress Courtney Barnett is on backing vocals.



American Utopia

David Byrne - American Utopia

Out March 9th

Having collaborated with St Vincent, Fatboy Slim and Brian Eno for his previous three LPs, the Talking Heads frontman goes it alone for the first time in 14 years for new album American Utopia.

Written as a musical accompaniment to a larger multimedia project named Reasons To Be Cheerful, which aims to give reasons for being happy and optimistic in spite of political strife and environmental problems.

Among the collaborators are dance producer Jam City, pianist Doveman as well as Jack Peñate and Sampha as well as Byrne’s old friend Eno.


Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It

Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It

Out March 2nd

The Sheffield noiseniks drop their fifth studio album next month, their first for three years.

Produced by Lewis Johns, best known for his work with Gnarwolves and Funeral For A Friend, the album sees the band reining in the expansive nature of previous effort Grievances for a more direct sound.



Judas Priest - Firepower

Out March 9th

The metal icons will make it 18 albums and counting in March with the release of new LP Firepower.

The first album since 2014’s Redeemer Of Souls, the band have recruited regular producer Tom Allom as well as Exodus/Megadeth knob twiddler Andy Sneap.

Now settled with guitarist Richie Faulkner, the band have promised a fiery reprise for their new album.



Soccer Mommy - Clean

Out March 2nd

Sophie Allison’s debut proper is something to behold, a sardonic songstress with big ideas and gorgeous melodies, she’s one to watch for sure...

You can read more about her here...