After a summer of music releases that included career bests from the likes of JAY-Z, Vince Staples, Lorde, Tyler, The Creator and (very recently) LCD Soundsystem, it seems like we could go ahead and start tabulating our year-end lists. But no, we have another full business quarter ahead of us that promises to dump even more hugely-anticipated upcoming albums our way. 2017 is the gift that keeps on giving; in music, if nothing else.
With confirmed releases from Gucci Mane and Kelela to rumored releases from A$AP Rocky and Björk, autumn is going to be one landmark musical event after another. We’ve broken down a list of the ten impending releases we’re most excited for in our Fall Album Preview.
Anna of the North – ‘Lovers’
Release Date: 9/08
Dreamy synth pop duo Anna of the North have been bubbling up lately, thanks in part to vocalist Anna Lotterud’s appearances on Tyler, The Creator’s recent Flower Boy album. Their debut full-length has already been dubbed “this year’s chillest heartbreak record” by The Fader, and if their latest video for “Someone” is any indication, it’s going to be an icy fall with Lovers on high rotation.
Lunice – ‘CCCLX’
Release Date: 9/08
Montreal’s Lunice has collaborated on production with the likes of Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Flying Lotus and more, and he’s making his solo return count. The already-released “Maserati” brings some seriously sinister vibes to the forefront, and CCCLX has the hip-hop virtuoso coming together with rappers Denzel Curry and Le1f, and another mega producer, PC Music’s SOPHIE.
Gucci Mane – ‘Mr. Davis’
Release Date: 9/15
In 2017, new music by Guwop comes as no surprise – he’s earned a reputation for being an insanely prolific artist over the years, even when he was behind bars. We’ve already got a taste of Mr. Davis with “Make Love” and “I Get the Bag” featuring Migos, and the rest of the album is absolutely stacked with The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla $ign, Monica, Schoolboy Q and more.
Miley Cyrus – ‘Younger Now’
Release Date: 9/29
We’ll be the first to admit we were a little skeptical when Younger Now‘s lead single “Malibu” arrived, an effort that can best be described as Twee Alt Country Lite™. But with the release of the title track, we breathed a sigh of relief. It seems like we’re back to a Miley serving straight-up feel-good pop hooks, a position she hasn’t been in since her year of chart-domination in 2013.
Kelela – ‘Take Me Apart’
Release Date: 10/06
It’s hard to believe Kelela hasn’t yet bestowed an album upon us mere mortals, but the American singer-songwriter has finally promised a follow-up to 2015’s Hallucinogen EP. With Arca and Jam City on production duties, Take Me Apart is obviously going to blow our minds with its wonderful weirdness. We’ve been incredibly stoked for this one, ever since Kelela perfectly articulated our summer hookup style with the album’s first single “LMK.”
King Krule – ‘The Ooz’
Release Date: 10/13
We know next to nothing about the upcoming full-length from King Krule other than the fact that it’s been a long time in the making. After four years of activity under other pseudonyms, Archy Marshall has resurrected the Krule moniker for what is sure to be a revelation of a full-length, at least if the strength of lead single “Czech One” is anything to go by.
St. Vincent – ‘MASSEDUCTION’
Release Date: 10/13
St. Vincent has roared back into life with yet another, even more colorful reinvention than her last. Aesthetics aside, the single “New York” is a heart-achingly gorgeous ballad delivered with her trademark poise and wit. And as recent follow-up “Los Ageless” has shown, this promises to be her wildest album yet.
John Maus – ‘Screen Memories’
Release Date: 10/27
Minnesotan experimental maestro John Maus unexpectedly returned to the world of music this year, performing live after a years-long hiatus. And of course he recently announced his first new music in six years, his upcoming fourth studio album Screen Memories. Check out the full-length’s cinematic lead single “The Combine” and get a slice of the sublime melancholy Maus is known and loved for.
Björk – TBA
Release Date: November
Barely two years away from her last full-length, Björk is making serious moves on the follow-up, a record that will be her ninth solo release. Lead single “The Gate” has just been announced and will be dropping in a couple weeks, giving us the first taste of what’s to come for what the singer has called her “Tinder album.”
A$AP Rocky – TBA
Release Date: TBA
Maddeningly, we know next to nothing about A$AP Rocky’s next album. In a recent interview with Complex, the rapper confidently insinuated that his third album proper would be with us by year’s end. While this could mean nothing, the precise roll-out for the A$AP Mob’s fruitful AWGEST takeover has us thinking that maybe, just maybe, we’ll get this album soon.
See what albums made our list of the Best of 2017 (So Far) right here.
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