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If you've been following along closely with new music this year, you've probably noticed that has been a really good year for indie rock. A lot of the albums we had been anticipating for this year have since come out, and a lot of them are as great as we hoped but not all of them. Since fall is coming up faster than we know it, we've decided to run down our 17 most anticipated indie rock albums for fall Almost every album on the list has at least some music released from it too, so we have some kind of idea of what to expect from them.
Check out our list of anticipated indie rock albums coming out this fall, below. What new music are you most looking forward to? The National change things up from album to album, but the changes are usually subtle. That's part of what makes them great -- each album is the familiar band you know and love, but new enough that you fall in love with them all over again.
Their seventh album, Sleep Well Beast , is their first in four years, the longest break they've taken between albums. Going by lead singles, it follows that familiar-yet-new formula as reliably as ever. All the sad, introspective storytelling is there, but listen to those guitars wail on "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" in a way The National's guitars never really have before. Maybe they were influenced by that Grateful Dead tribute album they put together? Whatever the case, it already feels certain that Sleep Well Beast is gonna be racking up playcounts once the leaves change color.
Of the 27 songs he recorded, Ted describes the 14 that made the album as a mix between "slow dark weird stuff" and the punkier sounds "people would traditionally think I do. Tori's fifteenth studio album announcement included talk of how the cycle of death and rebirth plays out in nature. Tori albums are rarely without some kind of overarching concept, and the first two tracks released, " Cloud Riders " with thunder gods and chariots pulled by cats and " Up the Creek " with vocal contributions from Tori's daughter Natashya are as lyrically dense as you'd expect.
They're also incredibly listenable, with guitar and strings to round out Tori's signature piano. No matter what direction she goes in, a new album from one of rock's most interesting songwriters is always worth hearing. Deer Tick haven't released new music in four years.
That's two years longer than they ever went before, and that doesn't even count the various EPs they released around their five albums. Deer Tick Vol. Fans of early Deer Tick should instantly excited by first Vol 1. It already has me nostalgic for the War Elephant days and excited to hear the rest. Vol 2. The Clientele have an established style at this point; you know what you're going to get -- Delicately arpeggiated guitars, brushed drums, wistful strings, baroque melodies, and the airy vocals and erudite lyrics of Alasdair MacLean.
With Clientele albums few and far between -- this is the band's first in seven years -- you don't really want anything else. Anthony Harmer, an old friend of MacLean's, joins the band as a new member here, and he also did the gorgeous string and brass arrangements, as well as adding Santoor, an Iranian version of the dulcimer, which puts a new shine on The Clientele's familiar, and welcome, sound.
After a decade off, Luna reformed in but are just now getting around to recording new material. Making up for lost time, they're releasing two new records on the same day, though neither may be exactly what fans are looking for. As for Education , Luna seem to be approaching the cover versions as if they wrote them, deconstructing them into the band's spare, strummy style with some understated guitar heroics from Dean Wareham and Sean Eden.
Which is pretty much what you want with a Luna record. She toured and collaborated with Ryan Adams, who recorded her 7" Killer home of "Killer" and "Georgia," which were both re-recorded for Stranger in the Alps , she toured and collaborated with Conor Oberst who sings with her on Stranger track "Would You Rather" , she sang harmonies on Joyce Manor's LP , and she toured with Julien Baker. Going by the handful of songs released from this album in one form or another , Phoebe has a knack for quiet, melancholic music and lyrics that punch you in the gut on first listen.
She's a songwriting natural and sounds wise beyond her years. Never the lightest band, Protomartyr's fourth -- and first for Domino -- dives headfirst into the abyss. While not a concept album, the Detroit four-piece explore "the unknowable nature of truth, and the existential dread that often accompanies that unknowing.
Somewhat ironically, they decamped to sunny Los Angeles to make this one, the first they've done outside of Michigan. Count on Joe Casey's dark sense of humor to allow a little grey light into the proceedings. We've heard two tracks from Torres' followup to 's Sprinter , " Skim " and the title track, " Three Futures. The songs are linked by a pair of striking, sensual videos that share an aesthetic universe haunted by Mackenzie's direct stare. They also mark an expanded sonic pallet for Torres, who signed to 4AD for this album.
Two years later, and a lot of the key bands from that era are back with albums that hearken back to their classic era well, except Arcade Fire , which makes it a pretty good time to get a new TWIABP album too. Alex's music is too clean to be called "punk," but it's fast and driving enough that you'll wanna rock out to it. It's some of the most easily enjoyable music of its kind to come out in recent memory, and the simplicity of the music is balanced out by lyrics that are both witty and relatable.
It's not everyday that an artist this talented comes out of nowhere like Alex did. Their last album before hiatus was the quickly banged-out, harder-edged rock album Expo 86 , which is home to some of their finest songs, but "Valley Boy" is way closer to classic Wolf Parade than anything on Expo.
As the definition of "indie rock" has gone in some head-scratching directions, some of us indie nerds have been yearning for another album like Apologies to the Queen Mary for years. Right now, it's looking very possible like we're gonna get one from Wolf Parade themselves. It was a little disappointing that The New Pornographers' otherwise excellent Whiteout Conditions was the group's first album not to feature Dan Bejar.
He had a good excuse for being absent though: he was busy working on his own new album. Bejar made the record with Josh Wells of Black Mountain who has been Destroyer's drummer since and if first single "Sky's Grey" is any indication, it picks up where 's Poison Season left off. As for the album title, here is a very Bejar explanation: "Sometime last year, I discovered that the original name for "The Wild Ones" one of the great English-language ballads of the last years or so was "Ken.
In an attempt to hold on to this feeling, I decided to lift the original title of that song and use it for my own purposes. It's unclear to me what that purpose is, or what the connection is. We've been looking forward to a new album from Julien Baker ever since falling in love with her debut, Sprained Ankle. Listen to lead single "Appointments" here. We haven't heard a note of this album, but of course we're anticipating a collaborative album from Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile. Courtney has had one of the fastest rises in traditional-style indie rock of the past few years, and it wouldn't have happened if she wasn't such a naturally great songwriter.
Kurt's rise has been more gradual, having gone from a staple of late '00s lo-fi to one of today's top indie stars. This collaboration makes a lot of sense on paper too. Kurt and Courtney both have elements of '60s folk rock and '90s slacker rock. Both can write long, slow, lazy-Sunday jams and both can write bangers too see "Pedestrian At Best" and "Pretty Pimpin" for said bangers. They're touring together in October and November with members of Sleater-Kinney and Warpaint in their backing band!
On her last few albums, St. Vincent emerged as one of the most inventive guitarists around. She's been known to put her own spin on covers by underground heroes like The Pop Group and Big Black , and she even formed a band with David Byrne of the Talking Heads, but she never tried to emulate those artists. She set out to make new sounds and became a hero of her own for a younger generation.
Having mastered her truly unique style, she threw it all away on this year's truly devastating single "New York. Instead, the music is simple and minimal and her lyrics are in the forefront in a way that's not typical for a St.
Vincent song. We're still awaiting album details, but if "New York" is anything to go by, the Tiffany model is about to drop a gem on us. A lot has happened for Brand New in the long eight years since 's Daisy except a new album, that is. They underwent serious critical evaluation -- The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me is now regularly and rightly referred to as a classic outside of the emo scene -- and they toured with bands like Modest Mouse , Built to Spill, and Conor Oberst , positioning themselves with the bands they're actually similar to, not the ones Buzzfeed groups them with.
They've also proven to be a better live act than ever, and the few new songs they released "I Am A Nightmare," "Mene," and "Out of Range" showed that they haven't run out of ideas. As they've been this whole time, Brand New are remaining very vague about a new album, but for the first time ever they set a release time October and actually launched pre-orders of the album. Hopefully that means it's really coming this time. More info HERE. Categories: Music News. Back To Top.