Last week we gave you Part 1 of our list of the most anticipated albums of the second half of 2012. Now, we've compiled a list of twenty more records from a mix of local and international acts that have us super-excited, including a few surprises. Check it out!
Grizzly Bear
Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear’s follow up to 2009’s acclaimed Veckatimist will be out on September 18th on Warp records. No title as yet, but opening single ‘Sleeping Ute‘ has been causing a stir across the airwaves and the blogosphere for the past couple weeks. The guys are touring as part of Harvest festival in November, just enough time for fans to learn all their new tracks to sing along when the guys hit our shores.
Bloc Party
Bloc Party are set to release their new record on August 21 through their new Frenchkiss label. It’s the band’s fourth record – and their first in four years – and it’s succinctly titled Four. Recorded and mixed in New York with Alex Newport (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta), the album will likely be a far cry from frontman Kele Okereke’s electronic solo effort The Boxer, but will still provide the soundtrack to a slew of indie nightclubs across the country later in the year. Splendour attendees will likely catch some newies in the set too!
Tame Impala
Earlier this month Tame Impala teased on their website that this was the month we get to hear our first taste of their new album. Main man Kevin Parker has said of the album “with InnerSpeaker I tried to make an album that was comfortably audible and easily enjoyed, but still smart. Meanwhile in the second album, I surrendered to temptation and desire to make an album that is really fucked up. But I also have a desire to sound like Britney Spears.” Doesn't sound like Spears from the recently released album trailer for what is now called Loserism. While we’re not likely to have the full album by their Splendour in the Grass appearance in July, Parklife audiences may have a new set of Tame Impala bangers to dance along to.
Wolf & Cub
Recorded throughout the summer, the Adelaide rock duo should be set to release their third LP any time now. Teaming up with Burke Reid (The Drones, Jack Ladder) in Sydney, the band’s frontman Joel Byrne has described the record as the band’s “best work to date“. Early reports of live versions of the songs suggest a harder, stoner-rock bent to their psych-revival sound.
Their second album Congratulations proved too weird to reach the dizzying heights of their debut, and as such their label, Columbia records have demanded some hits from their third LP, due in September. Recorded with Flaming Lips/ Tame Impala wunderkind producer Dave Fridmann; you can catch fan footage videos of new tracks on YouTube, but a lead single shouldn’t be too far away. Will it be more Oracular Spectacular than Congratulations - we'll have to wait and see.
Yoko Ono/Thurston Moore/Kim Gordon
One of the more intriguing entries into the list, the six-track collaboration album between Yoko Ono and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordan and Thurston Moore - succinctly titled YOKOKIMTHURSTON - drops on September 25th on Chimera music. If you want to know what a collaboration between two of the most eccentric sets of artists of the past fifty years sounds like, you can check out their lead single ‘Early in the Morning‘, which clocks in at a modest fourteen minutes.
In January, The French indie stalwarts announced that they’d completed four tracks off their fifth album. Following the hugely successful ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix‘ is a tough ask. The band was due to have the album out by the end of Winter, but details of the album have stalled since January, so expect it later in the year. The head of Glassnote, Phoenix’s label has said “it’s very hard to beat Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, but this could be revolutionary." Our high hopes just got even higher.
With Steven Tyler’s recent stint on American Idol, now would be the perfect time to reintroduce Aerosmith to a new generation. Whether they should is another question entirely. Either way, the album recently got pushed back to a late-year release from its originally scheduled August 27th appearance. Still, the first single off of Music From Another Dimension, 'Legendary Child' debuted during - wait for it - American Idol. Now that’s Rock and Roll.
Sydney band and triple j favorites Seekae will be following up their successful and frequently played +DOME’ later this year. Considered the more adventurous counterpart than their first effort, 2008’s The Sound Of Trees Falling On People , the success of +DOME has seen the three piece travel the world and has afforded them time to write and record their new LP. The as-yet untitled LP is due out later this year alongside a series of remixes for separate release.
Sarah Blasko
In March we learnt that Sarah Blasko was in Stockholm, recording her fourth album; even preparing to record with the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra. She’ll be back in the country in August for a couple of New South Wales and Queensland shows, so audiences there may hear some new material, but we’ll have to wait until the end of the year for an official taste of her new album.
Despite having one of the most played singles of last year (the far too catchy ‘Hands’), Melbourne six-piece Alpine (please don’t confuse them with Alpines) are yet to release their debut album. Not to worry though, there‘s their highly acclaimed EP Zurick and new tune 'Gasoline' to tide you over until their debut, 'A' Is For Alpine is released later this year.
Frank Ocean
In just the last couple of days, Frank Ocean has let journalists hear his latest LP, Channel Orange, due out July 17th via Def Jam records. 2011 saw the young neo-soul artist's star rise exponentially, through his Odd Future collective, guests spots on Kanye and Jay Z’s Watch The Throne album, and most notably on his own accord. His debut mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra was dropped early last year, and built steam throughout the course of 2011 - becoming one of the figurehead albums of R&B’s renaissance. No doubt his follow-up will continue that trend. If you needed any more reason to be pumped for the release, Andre 3000 is on it too.
British India
For the follow up to 2010’s Avalanche, British India have looked to up the ante. Following three successful LPs, the band recently signed a long-term deal with Mushroom records. Label head Michael Gudinski has said that while the band have released three stellar albums thus far, “they’re still young enough and hungry enough to take it to the next level“. Details are sketchy as yet, but if this is anything to go by, expect a big sound with even bigger promotion.
One of Australia’s most interesting groups, TZU released Beginning of the End, the first single from their upcoming album, back in April. In a chat with Tone Deaf the guys hinted at their new direction: “the new record, I wouldn’t call it hip-hop. I would say it’s influenced a lot by hip-hop in the same way that Gorillaz or Santigold are.” While the band asserts their influences, there are also choirs, a myriad of instrumentation and an ‘almost rock feel‘ this time around.
Big Boi
As one half of everyone’s favorite duo OutKast, Big Boi has had some huge successes since the beginning of his career. 2003’s Speakerboxxx (which, for those with a short memory was recorded solely by Big Boi, but released under the OutKast moniker along side Andre 3000’s The Love Below) has been his biggest to date while his first official solo release, 2010’s Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty was critically acclaimed. His second solo record, titled Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, is being released on November 13th and as usual is expected to have many musical cameos.
Dappled Cities
Having been around since 2001, Dappled Cities have been releasing their indie-rock jams steadily and to much acclaim. Their latest album Lake Air will follow the popular Zounds of 2009. The band have released a teaser single from the upcoming album titled ‘Run With The Wind’ and the it's very much in the style of their previous efforts. Recorded in September of last year in their hometown of Sydney, Lake Air is set for release on August 3rd.
Owl Eyes
Having just finished her national headlining tour and played to sold out rooms all across the country, Brooke Addamo, under the moniker of Owl Eyes is set to release her debut album later this year. Her cover of Foster The People’s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ not only garnered her some much-deserved attention, but also bested the original in many people’s eyes (and ears). The album, which has seen her work with Chet Faker, Club Feet and Geoffrey O’Connor, is set for release in August or September.
Two Door Cinema Club
The North Ireland trio recently announced the release of their sophomore album, Beacon following on from their impressive 2010 debut, Tourist History. The album was completed last April, when Alex Trimble, Kevin Baird and Sam Halliday travelled to LA to work with acclaimed producer Jacknife Lee at his home studios. Having released the very on-trend album teaser and a track list, the band has got fans super excited.
The Darkness
Everyone’s favourite glam-rock band are back and after re-uniting last year are set to release their third studio album Hot Cakes - their first in seven years since the release of 2005’s One Way Ticket to Hell… And Back. Their debut single from the album ‘ Every Inch Of You’ has been released and has most definitely whet the appetite of fans. Hot Cakes is being released on August 20 and you can expect the band to be back on tongue-in-cheek form.
The Avalanches
Long before Girl Talk was even a thing, The Avanlances were sampling and remixing music like it was nobody’s business. 2000’s Since I Left You is still a much-loved classic and fans have been waiting for a new release for over a decade. While the fabled rumour of a sophomore release creeps up annually; we have it on good authority that the band have been booked in for mixing sessions here in Melbourne, so fingers crossed the album will be released by the end of this year.