What We Have to Look Forward to This Year…

2012 has already been a massive year for records. From, Jack White’s Blunderbuss to Beach House’s Bloom to Grimes latest effort Visions I have had such a flippin rad year in music. We’ve been really lucky so far and this year is only going to get better. Here are some albums that I am looking forward to dropping later this year. Take this as a sort of pump up playlist for it.

Tame Impala-Lonerism

This record is going to rule. These guys dropped the first track from it earlier this week, entitled “Elephant” and it’s classic Tame Impala. The kings of psychedelic rock look certain to perform on this album. It’s set to be dropped on the 5th of October and I am keen as a bean.

Two Door Cinema Club-Beacon

Two Door capitlised on our love affair with indie pop early in 2010 and look set to do so again this year on the 3rd of September. The first single dropped is classic Two Door and looks set to get us up and dancing again.

Muse-The 2nd Law

My emotions regarding this record are mixed to say the least. I’m very nervous, but extremely excited at the same time. The first leak we had from the album combined symphony and Skrillex in a bizarre manner that’s going to divide fans no doubt. I’ve already raved about new track “Survival+Prelude” but here it is again! It’s due for release mid-September.

The Vaccines- The Vaccines Come of Age

I love this band. So much. And I love the two singles from this new record of theirs. They’ve stopped hiding behind the mountains of reverb and instead allowed their music take a more raw and truthful path. “Teenage Icon” is the latest single to drop and you can hear it below! It’s set to drop September 3rd

Mumford and Sons-Babel

After one of the most acclaimed debuts of the past decade, Mumford and Sons are set to drop their sophomore record Babel in September, on the 24th, just in time for their Australian tour. It’s hard to find studio recordings of this new album from the ‘doom-folk’ band but YouTube has blessed us with some live performances. Here’s a taster.

The XX-Coexist

The heroes of gothic pop were just out here on their two date, teaser tour, and they played to rave reviews all around. Of particular note were their newer tracks including this gem, “Angels” the first single from Coexist. Album out September 11.

Bloc Party-Four

They’re back in a big ol’ way. We’re finally getting another helping from these gods of alternative/indie rock. It’s the album their music scene needs right now and it’s looking rad. It’s due out August 18th, and here is “Octopus” one of the first tracks leaked.

Ben Folds Five-The Sound of the Life of the Mind

Ben Folds Five have found their misleading name under  hot demand this year. He took the trio to play Bonnaroo earlier this year and was received warmly to say the least. They’re coming out for Harvest Music Festival this year and their new album shall be on full display no doubt. No singles are out yet, but here’s a classic BFF tune, you can hear the new album on September 18.

Grizzly Bear-Shields

Another act on the Harvest lineup, Grizzly Bear will drop Shields in the glorious old month of September, in perfect timing on AJ Maddah’s part. Take a peak at this track here, it’s called “Sleeping Ute” and is part of the album which will also drop on the 18th.

Aimee Mann-Charmer

September 18, is going to be a very busy day for me. One of my favorite, under-appreciated artists, Aimee Mann, will drop her eighth record Charmer on this day as well. No singles from this one either, but you can imagine how it’s going to sound from this great track “The Moth”.

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