Saturday, November 5, 2016

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending November 5)

If there's anything I've learned over the past couple of weeks of album announcements is that we should never assume that a band or artist is finished, they may still have a lot left in them. Recent weeks has seen new album announcements from Foxygen (who appeared to be breaking up only a couple of years ago) and A Tribe Called Quest (their first since 1998 and released after the passing of a central member). Check out those upcoming albums over at my Upcoming Release page!

Another band announced a new album this week, ending speculation that they may be no more. Japandroids announced their third album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life.

Silence between records is nothing new for the duo. Following the release of their debut, Post-Nothing, in 2009, they were fairly inactive until 2012's follow-up, Celebration Rock.

The gap between those two album would be nothing in comparison to the time that has passed since. They ended the Celebration Rock tour with a farewell message and went radio silent for about three years; no website updates, no performances, no news. They started touring again a couple of months ago and fan-shot videos started popping up of the band playing new music at their shows.

This proved to be in anticipation of the new record, which was announced on Monday, with the title single following a couple of days later.

Near to the Wild Heart of Life will be released on January 27.

Also announced this week:

A-Trak - In the Loop: A Decade of Remixes (November 11)
Bonobo - The North Borders (January 13)
Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 - Chaz Bundick Meets the Mattson 2 (March 31)
Delicate Steve - This Is Steve (January 27)
Emel Mathlouthi - Ensen (February 24)
Foxygen - Hang (January 20)
GUM - Flash in the Pan (November 11)
Hideout - So Many Hoops/So Little Time (February 3)
Homeshake - Fresh Air (February 3)
John Cale - Fragment of a Rainy Season Reissue (December 9)
John Legend - Darkness and Light (December 2)
Porcelain Raft - Microclimate (February 3)
Sampha - Process (February 3)
Surfer Blood - Snowdonia (February 3)
Thelma - Thelma (February 24)
Tinashe - Nightride (out now)
YG - Red Friday (November 25)

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