The turning of the seasons means cooler weather, pumpkin beers — and more time to listen to new records. And whether its Deerhunter’s new psychedelic pop record or Adele’s eagerly-awaited follow-up to her smash hit debut, there’s a lot to take in. As such, we’ve outlined a few of our most highly-anticipated new albums coming out this Fall, as well as a few favorites that have already dropped this month to keep your ears warm and cozy as the weather takes a turn.
Follow us below as we dive into our 10 most anticipated upcoming records this fall, and follow further on for a few top releases that are already making their way up the charts.
Two years since the self-proclaimed “ambient punk” musicians released the dark and enveloping Monomania, Fading Frontier is being billed as more upbeat, and the band’s most “accessible work.” Lead single Snakeskin has the band exploring a lively, ‘70s-tinged jam — before devolving into swirls of psychedelia. While certainly a jam, Bradford Cox’s lyrics like “I was born already nailed to the cross / I was born with the feeling I was lost” signal that the 33 year-old musician hasn’t strayed too far from his musical past.
This experimental singer/songwriter, who will release her first album in five years this month, has made harps cool again. Don’t get us wrong: the California-born artist should certainly be known just as much for her colorful, psych folk melodies and angelic vocals as the proficiency on her instrument of choice. But Newsom’s artistry isn’t complete without her harp. According to the New York Times, the artist called her fourth full-length LP “the closest I’ve come to a concept record.”
This new side project from The National frontman Matt Berninger and experimental folk multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf (formerly of Menomena) melds the intricacies of the two with grace. “[The record]’s written in the voices of a few invented characters, composites of different people—myself, my wife, and other people I was thinking about,” explained Berninger. While Return to the Moon attracts fans of the brooding rocker’s main project, it also explores the artists’ more playful side.
This LA-via-DC dream pop group — who open for Autre Ne Veut on their October dates stateside — are on the verge of greater success. The guy-girl group composed of Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher create a full-yet-introspective synth-laden sound reminiscent of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive. The band is calling their sophomore record “an album of hurt, longing, and the beauty found in that space between.”
Aside from confirmation that the follow-up to the Canadian experimental pop artist’s 2012 record Visions will drop this month, we don’t know much about it. And that’s how Claire Boucher, 27, likes to work. After touring with fellow pop crossover Lana Del Rey this summer, she recently told Dazed that she’ll make the album announcement the day before it hits iTunes. “I think my music used to be more escapist,” she says. “Visions didn’t really acknowledge reality, but this record is more about looking reality in the face.” Listen to REALiTi, a track she nixed from the upcoming album which she self-released in March, above.
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