Sunday, May 8, 2016

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending May 7)

It's been quite a time for surprise releases lately. Beyoncé seemed to kick off a wave of new albums released with little warning when she released Lemonade last week. Surprises obviously cannot quite make it to my Upcoming Releases page, but keep an eye out there for new albums from artists who give us more of a heads up!

Speaking of surprise releases, we got one this week from James Blake, who announced and released his third album, The Colour in Anything, on Thursday.

Blake first announced that he was working on a follow-up to 2013's Overgrown in November of 2014 and announced an album title, Radio Silence, just a few months later. There had been some hints over the past few months, though, that the album was imminent. He's released a number of singles since February and ,this week, shared pictures of a mural painted by Sir Quentin Blake (who illustrated Roald Dahl's) showing the album's artwork and final title. On Thursday, with little forewarning, he announced the album would be released at midnight.

Interestingly, Blake was a contributor to Beyoncé's latest album. Perhaps he felt a bit inspired to release his own record as a surprise, maybe that was already planned. If his collaborations are any indication of coming records, we should also be expected the long-awaited new album from Frank Ocean who, along with Bon Iver, contributed to this record.

The Colour in Anything is now available to stream, no word yet on when it will get a physical release.

Also announced this week:

Chance The Rapper - Chance 3 (May 13)
D∆WN - Infrared EP (out now)
Mattie Safer - All We Are (May 27)
Pink Floyd - Reissues (June 3)
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool (out now)
Radiohead - Vinyl Reissues (May 20)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway (June 17)
Saqqara Mastabas - Libras (June 3)
Titus Andronicus - S+@dium Rock: Five Nights at the Opera (July 29)

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