Here Are Exclaim!'s 21 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Here Are Exclaim!'s 21 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017
Kanye West and Drake are releasing a collaborative mixtape? We'll believe it when we see it. For now, here are the albums we're most looking forward to in 2017.
 
To take one last look backwards, head to Exclaim!'s Best of 2016 and 2016 in Lists sections.
 
 
Exclaim!'s 21 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017:
 
Arcade Fire
TBA
(TBA)
Release date: Spring

We don't know much about the forthcoming Arcade Fire album, but we do know that the band have been debuting new material here and there, and that both Will Butler and Tim Kingsbury have suggested it'll be out in 2017. And after 2013's sprawling Reflektor, it could sound like literally anything.
Stephen Carlick
 
Austra
Future Politics
(Domino Records/Pink Fizz)
Release date: January 20

Austra's third album promises "urgent but disciplined anthems" that confront our troubled times and offer a way forward: "Not just hope in the future, but the idea that everyone is required to help write it," offers frontwoman Katie Stelmanis. Of course, it helps that the record will also feature Austra's signature mix of seismic beats, sweet melody, synth pulses and Stelmanis' signature Earth-shattering voice.
Stephen Carlick
 
Black Hippy
TBA
(Top Dawg Entertainment)
Release date: TBA

Following a year in which Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul all delivered solo offerings, the conversation surrounding Top Dawg Entertainment for 2017 will now undoubtedly turn towards the possibility of a Black Hippy group album. Ab-Soul had the latest word on the project's existence, but if TDE's 2016 release schedule demonstrated anything, it's to expect the unexpected.
Calum Slingerland
 
Bonobo
Migration
(Ninja Tune)
Release date: January 13

Bonobo (a.k.a. Simon Green) has said that the forthcoming 12-track Migration is "the study of people and spaces" through sound. Alongside two impressive singles in the Brandy-sampling "Kerala" and the Rhye-assisted "Break Apart," the record is set to feature samples of an elevator, a rainstorm, a tumble dryer and a fan boat engine.
Calum Slingerland
 
Broken Social Scene
TBA
(Arts & Crafts)
Release date: TBA

The beloved Canadian supergroup went on hiatus in 2011 and have reunited to play some live dates. This past summer, they confirmed that work had begun on a new album, and that Feist is involved in the sessions, and more recently, Kevin Drew suggested a possible summer 2017 release date.
Alex Hudson
 
Converge
TBA
(TBA)

Release date: TBA
Iconic metallic hardcore outfit Converge haven't released a full-length since 2012's All We Love We Leave Behind, marking the longest gap between releases in the band's history. However, a recent Instagram post from frontman Jacob Bannon has us thinking listeners won't have to wait much longer for new material.
Calum Slingerland
 
Fleet Foxes
TBA
(TBA)

Release date: TBA
Having been silent since 2011's Helplessness Blues, Robin Pecknold and company are set to come out of hibernation with a new album as Fleet Foxes. Describing the band's long-awaited third disc as "crazy" and "vast," Pecknold promised autoharp, electric guitar, cello, goat hooves and more would be present — and that's just on the first song.
Calum Slingerland
 
Foxygen
Hang
(Jagjaguwar)
Release date: January 20

On Foxygen's first full-length in a good while — the band released an album a year from 2012 to 2014 — Sam France and Jonathan Rado embrace the indulgences of '70s rock even more fully, eschewing the psych leanings of their previous work in favour of orchestral pomp, honky-tonk piano and, on lead single "Follow the Leader," breezy, soulful AM-radio string arrangements and horns.
Stephen Carlick
 
Gorillaz
TBA
(TBA)
Release date: TBA

After Damon Albarn revealed in June that a new Gorillaz record was coming "fairly soon," the band continued building hype by releasing a four-part origin story of how Noodle, Russel Hobbs, Murdoc Niccals and 2D came together to record the forthcoming disc. Rumoured collaborators include Jean Michel-Jarre, Twilite Tone, Liam Bailey and Vic Mensa.
Calum Slingerland
 
Grandaddy
Last Place
(30th Century Records)
Release date: March 3

It's been over a decade since revered indie rock troupe Grandaddy offered up a full-length of new material, but that's about to change with Last Place, the band's forthcoming LP for Danger Mouse's 30th Century Records label. In the meantime, first single "Way We Won't" suggests the band's knack for synth-infused space rock hasn't faded.
Stephen Carlick