“Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift was released near the end of last month and has had everyone abuzz concerning details of her forthcoming album “Reputation”, set for release in November. “When will the next single be released? Is the shape of the strewn jewelry in the music video a dig at Calvin Harris? Will the tracks follow us around everywhere like her last album?” (Answer to that last question: don’t expect to leave the grocery store unscathed from her earworms). But there has to be more to this autumn than just one album, right? So you’re going to find yourself wondering what else you should be on the lookout for. That’s where this guide to soon-to-be-sung-along-to LPs from artists big and small comes in handy.
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream (the 1st via Columbia)
The first release from the band since their 2011 retirement, “American Dream” has all the makings of a classic. “Black Screen” seems in all intents and purposes to be about David Bowie, whilst “Change Yr Mind” is a funk influenced track at it’s finest.
Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun (the 1st via Temporary Residence Limited)
Glasgow based post-punks Mogwai have returned with their ninth studio release. Recorded and mastered at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios, the album has seen it’s full live debut at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival in June and provides the perfect soundtrack to autumn with tracks like “Coolverine” and “Party in the Dark”.
Alvvays – Antisocialites (the 8th via Poly Vinyl/Transgressive)
The indie pop band has had critics glowing over this particular release for months now since debuting lead single “In Undertow” at the beginning of the summer. The blissed out song about letting go finds itself in great company next to “Dreams Tonite” a track on a fallen relationship.
Beaches – Second of Spring (the 8th via Chapter Music)
Beaches are known for their guitar heavy psych rock, and the Australian band hasn’t fallen short of those expectations with this double LP. Seeking release at the beginning of spring in the southern hemisphere, here in the northern hemisphere it seems to be the perfect background for foliage-laden weekend road trips.
Deerhoof – Mountain Moves (the 8th via Joyful Noise)
Leaked a couple of weeks in advance in a pay-as-you-wish system with 100% of profits going to The Emergent Fund, the indie poppers are making a political statement with originals and covers of such classics as Bob Marley’s “Small Axe” and “Freedom Highway” by The Staple Singers.
The National – Sleep Well Beast (the 8th via 4AD)
They’ve played the soundtrack to every decent indie film and/or rom-com for almost two decades now (whether they were actually on the soundtrack or if you just assumed they should be) and if heartbreaking tracks about love gone wrong from “Sleep Well Beast” don’t find themselves twinkling softly in the background of an upcoming Nicholas Sparks movie, well I’ll have lost a bet.
Rostam – Half-Light (the 8th via Nonesuch)
The former Vampire Weekend member Rostam has found himself being kept busy producing tracks for artists such as Frank Ocean, Solange, and Haim in the past year, but now has luckily given us something entirely his own. “A rollercoaster ride of randomness yet filled with some sort of cohesiveness” – something Rostam nor anyone has said about the album, yet I feel like is going to be said without having heard the entire LP, so I’ll just say it.
Superfood – Bambino (the 8th via Dirty Hit)
“Unstoppable”, the Prince Buster-sampling song featured it’s first play on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, and the album it’s off of shall provide a different vibe than their debut if it’s any indication.
Tori Amos – Native Invader (the 8th via Decca Records)
The 15th record from alt-rock provocateur Tori Amos, “Native Invader” has it’s eyes set on earthly comparisons with songs that look to question “what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other?”
Zola Jesus – Okovi (the 8th via Sacred Bones)
“Okovi” means “shackles” in Slavic, and as Zola has stated, “This album is a deeply personal snapshot of loss, reconciliation, and a sympathy for the chains that keep us all grounded to the unforgiving laws of nature.” Our iPods/cell phones and such will be shackled to have her on repeat, surely.
Angus & Julia Stone – Snow (the 15th via Nettwerk Records)
The Aussie siblings are finally back (okay, maybe it’s only been three years, but for some of us that’s three years) with an album that seems to be the most collaborative between the pair to-date, “Snow” is a definitive standout.
Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold (the 15th via RCA)
Out at the races again, the rockers are delivering a much hyped LP featuring an eclectic cast of guests: Paul McCartney, Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men, Alison Mosshart, and “probably the biggest pop star in the world”. Who’s that pop star? You’ll have to wait and find out.
Gucci Mane – Mr Davis (the 15th via Guwop Enterprises/Atlantic)
The eleventh studio album from the rapper has been teased with a bang in the form of “I Get The Bag”. Not only do you have Gucci Mane himself, you also have delight of hearing collabs with Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Monica, Ty Dolla $ign, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, and a whole cast of others.
Sløtface – Try Not To Freak Out (the 15th via Propeller Recordings)
Norwegian punk band Sløtface proved to the world they can make an impression with the catchy “Sponge State” last year, now on their debut you can find even more poppy-punk pleasure that promises to aim “to dismantle the patriarchal structures that hurt society and block progress.”
Prophets of Rage – Prophets of Rage (the 15th via Fantasy Records)
Rap-rock supergroup (consisted of members of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave) are making their full-length debut after teaming up in 2016. Think loud guitars, think politically in your face, think rage.
Mackelmore – Gemini (the 22nd via Banquet Records)
The rapper’s first solo release in twelve years, it’s a playful and joyous thing, featuring contributions from artists such as Lil Yachty, Kesha, Skylar Grey, and Migos’ Offset.
The Horrors – V (the 22nd via Wolf Tone/Caroline International)
Already garnering controversy over possible artwork plagiarism (if you’re not up to-date turns out everything’s cool, everyone can chill), “V” is an album filled with heavy-hitters. The English rock band’s first tease comes in the form of the Depeche Mode-twinged “Machine”.
The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful (the 22nd via Island Records)
One of the most popular bands on the planet in the past couple of decades, The Killers have been performing gig after gig this summer, and lead single “The Man” wowed audiences at this year’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. Expect much of the same from them (though that’s not a bad thing, is it?).
Echosmith – Inside A Dream (the 29th via Warner Bros.)
It’s been four years since the indie pop sibling’s breakthrough hit “Cool Kids” found itself stuck in our heads, and the sophomore album will mark the first without guitarist/oldest brother Jamie Sierota. The departure has caused some sonic differences from previous work and their evolvement as artists becomes quite clear.
Miley Cyrus – Younger Now (the 29th via RCA)
Characterized as a return to her roots, Cyrus has already been the soundtrack to our summers with lead single “Malibu” and is sure to stay put there with other twang-influenced tracks like the Dolly Parton featuring “Rainbowland”.
Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life (the 29th via Dirty Hit)
Hot off the heels of their secret Reading and Leeds set, alternative rock quartet Wolf Alice deliver a sophomore album with blistering bangs (“Yuk Foo”) and synth-heavy love songs (“Don’t Delete The Kisses”) that’s sure to live up to the high standard they set for themselves with 2015’s “My Love Is Cool”.
Alex Lahey – I Love You Like A Brother (the 6th via Dead Oceans)
Humor filled and thoughtful lyrics and a slightly darker transformation from previous work are what to expect from the indie singer’s debut album.
Ducktails – Jersey Devil (the 6th via New Images Limited)
Recorded partly in his mom’s basement in the New Jersey suburbs, Matt Mondanile aka Ducktails has wrapped up a psychedelic return to form with the single “Map To The Stars” that leaves us wanting more.
Liam Gallagher – As You Were (the 6th via Warner Bros.)
“As You Were”, the title of the upcoming 12-track debut LP, has been the former Oasis frontman’s Twitter sign-off for ages now, and with singles like “For What It’s Worth” and “Wall of Glass” none of us will be able to go back to how we once were.
The Darkness – Pinewood Smile (the 6th via Cooking Vinyl)
Justin Hawkins (frontman extraordinaire) and the gang are back with falsetto dripping, guitar oozing rock to burst your eardrums with while at the gym. Check out “All The Pretty Girls” below.
Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry (the 6th via Sub Pop)
The band’s first release in seven years – yes, you read that correctly, seven years – a new vigor is sensed on single “You’re Dreaming” and the Bowie-influenced written-about-Leonard Cohen track “Valley Boy”. And get this, the entire thing was produced by legend John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleat-Kinney). What more could you ask for?
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice (the 13th via Matador)
The queen and king of the indie scene currently, Barnett and Vile have paired up for a collaboration that seems as fitting as it is soothing. Features a cover of Belly’s “Untogether” as well as Jen Cloher’s “Fear Is Like A Forest”.
Beck – Colors (the 13th via Capitol)
The followup to 2014’s Grammy award winning “Morning Phase”, “Colors” has provided us with such singles as “Up All Night” and “Wow” thus far, and promises to make an even greater impression on our playlists.
Bully – Losing (the 20th via Sub Pop)
Engineered and mixed by frontwoman Alice Bognanno the sophomore LP from the grunge band is already making a buzz with critics after releasing lead single “Feel The Same.”
Nahko – My Name Is Bear (the 20th via Side One Dummy Records)
Medicine For The People frontman Nahko is releasing his first album apart from his world music collective and from samples we’ve heard so far it’s just as influential and thoughtful. A fall tour will see Christina Holmes and 1,000 Fuegos supporting the singer.
Hollywood Undead – Five (the 27th via MDDN)
The fifth record from this five-piece who finds deep significance in the number (humans have five senses, in theology man is represented by the number five, a star has five points, etc), it’s the band’s first without longtime member Da Kurlzz. The quips are fast and the guitars heavy on lead single “California Dreaming”.
Weezer – Pacific Daydream (the 27th via Atlantic/Crush)
“Feels Like Summer” was released all the way back in March and found itself being played live to crowds celebrating the alt-rock staple’s last full-length “The White Album”. While it may not feel like summer anymore, we can always wistfully picture ourselves in sun-filled bliss while listening to this record.
Noel Gallagher – TBA (the 9th via Sour Mash)
We don’t know much of anything at the moment about the elder Gallagher brother’s latest album, save for the fact that a track will be called “Instrumental Number Three” which was stated in an interview with Russell Brand this past spring and we’ve been teased with an Instagram picture showing the words “It’s A Beautiful World”.
Morrissey – Low In High School (the 17th via BMG)
The former Smiths frontman’s latest album will find itself up for grabs a week after a couple of dates at the Hollywood Bowl with Billy Idol. Produced by Joe Chiccarelli (the White Stripes, the Raconteurs) the LP will be the singer’s latest since 2014’s World Peace Is None Of Your Business. It’s Morrissey. Need I say more?
Expect new releases from U2, Neon Trees, Pale Waves, Them Things, and Heartless Bastards among others who have yet to give us any warning, in the next few months.