Prestige Format Guide to Upcoming Releases, Early 2015

Lots of music that’s coming out that I am excited about!

January

1/13

  • Panda Bearvs. The Grim Reaper — I loved Person Pitch and was less enthused by Tomboy. The prerelease mix and EP have skewed pretty beat-heavy, so I’m excited.
  • Teen DazeA World Away EP — The two tracks released are the two sides of classic Teen Daze; one is nicely dancey and the other is coolly ambient. Preorder here.

1/20

  • The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World — New Decemberists yay! They have a just-odd-enough video (with Nick Offerman) that points to a more 70s-influenced sound.
  • Sleater-KinneyNo Cities to Love — You have to be excited about this. It’s required if you like “indie rock”.

1/27

  • Bjørn TorskeNedi Myra/Trøbbel Reissues — This dude is a predecessor to Lindstrom and Todd Terje and it’s exciting to see these hard to find albums reissued.
  • Mark RonsonUptown Special — Mark Ronson making pop music is a sign that the world is still not completely garbage. [[update: out now on iTunes]]

February

2/10

  • Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear — I’m pretty sick of Tillman’s schtick at this point, but I’m definitely not at all sick of his songwriting or music. It’s a weird place to be.

2/24

March

3/3

  • HeemsEat Pray Thug — I really like listening to Heems rapping. His flow drifts easily between hyper-articulate, swagger, and hazy silliness in a way that I just can’t get enough of.
  • Purity RingAnother Eternity — Just announced! Heavy electronics with gorgeous lilting vocals. Check out a new song here.

3/17

  • Twin ShadowEclipse — His last album, Confess, is one of my all-time favorite albums. I can’t wait to hear more from Twin Shadow.

3/23

  • The Go! TeamThe Scene Between — The Go! Team hits this perfect joyful/nostalgic balance that you can’t stop listening to. If their first single is any indication, this new album (the first in a while) is refocused but still exuberant.

3/31

  • Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell — The press line on this new Sufjan release is that it’s a return to folkier, quieter sounds. It’s a welcome announcement.

No Date

  • Anamanaguchi — There’s a hint of something on the video for the PC Music-influenced single Pop It that appeared mysteriously last year. My soul is prepared.