The first half of 2016 included new albums by Kanye West, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Drake, Rihanna, James Blake … well, you get the idea.
A lot of huge acts dropped new albums this year, and that doesn’t even include the dozens of great albums from less popular artists.
But there’s still a lot of time to go before the year is officially over, and there are a few albums I just can’t wait to hear in 2016.
These are my three most anticipated albums for the rest of 2016:
The Avalanches (Album due on July 8)
The Avalanches released their brilliant debut album, Since I Left You, all the way back in 2000. In the 16 years since, I had just kind of accepted we’d never get a second album … but now here we are, less than a month away from the official release date of the band’s brand new record, Wildflower.
Lead single “Frankie Sinatra” seemed to be fairly decisive—I’ve read and heard numerous people say they weren’t into it—but I loved every last second. The bouncing, sinister production, the guest verses from Danny Brown (more on him later) and MF Doom, and the off-the-wall, big-budget music video all have me even more excited than I already was.
July 8 can’t get here soon enough!
Danny Brown (TBA)
Three years without a new Danny Brown record are three years too many. 2011’s XXX and 2013’s Old were both unpredictable rollercoaster rides through Brown’s unique mind, and I can’t wait to hear what he does next. Earlier this week, Brown gave us “When it Rain,” and if all of his new album is that good, it might just be his best work yet.
There’s no set release date, but since we already have a song and a video, I’m optimistic it will be before the end of the year.
HAIM’s debut album, 2013’s Days Are Gone, is legitimately one of my favorite albums of the last 10 or 15 years. Each song is absolutely fantastic, perfectly melding the sound of mid-70s classic rock with more modern pop sensibilities. The three Haim sisters—Este, Danielle, and Alana, for those keeping score at home—are all immensely talented, and their amazing chemistry as a band is evident as soon as you hear them play. They band writes honest, no-nonsense rock and roll, and while some might sneer at the thought of listening to three sisters play pop music together, all I know is that Days are Gone hasn’t left my regular rotation in the last three years.
There’s no exact word on when we might get a new HAIM album, but they’ve been in the studio a lot lately, so I remain hopeful. Also, they played two new songs when I saw them live last month, and both were terrific.
Don’t let me down, ladies! Announce that new album, like, yesterday, and let’s do this!