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

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


Grizzly Bear
TBA
(TBA)
Release date: TBA

Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste promised in 2015 that the band would take a "more adventurous" approach to their followup to 2012's Shields, but it wasn't until this past June that they actually headed into the studio to record it. Here's hoping it's out sooner than later, and that it's every bit as good as their elegant last few LPs.
Stephen Carlick
 
HAIM
TBA
(TBA)
Release date: TBA

The second full-length from sister trio HAIM has taken a minute, but we know it's imminent; last July, they cancelled a European tour, citing that they were "at a critical point of finishing up" and needed to see the recording through, and they played two new tracks at WayHome. This is going to be a big one.
Stephen Carlick
 
Japandroids
Near to the Wild Heart of Life
(Arts & Crafts)
Release date: January 27

After disappearing for a few years, the triumphant Vancouver rock duo will release Near to the Wild Heart of Life this month. The lead single sounds like classic Japandroids, but they've promised that the rest of the album branches out with synths and acoustic guitar.
Alex Hudson
 
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Damage and Joy
(ADA/Warner)
Release date: March 24

Nearly two decades after their last album, brooding Scottish outfit the Jesus and Mary Chain are set to reclaim the fuzz-rock throne with their seventh studio album. Details are scarce, but if the electrically charged, reverb-drenched first single "Amputation" is anything to go by, Damage and Joy should maintain their legacy just fine.
Stephen Carlick
 
LCD Soundsystem
TBA
(DFA)
Release date: TBA

James Murphy and company broke up with great ceremony in 2011 before reuniting for live dates in 2016. A promised new album never dropped, but they've signed with Columbia Records and even cancelled a fall tour of Asia to work on it. Fingers crossed it's coming soon.
Alex Hudson
 
Lorde
TBA
(Universal)
Release date: TBA

Lorde was just 16 when she hit it big with 2013's Pure Heroine. Now 20, she's moving past her teenage years with an album that chronicles her experiences in early adulthood. In a November update, she wrote, "I just need to keep working a while longer to make it as good as it can be."
Alex Hudson
 
Pallbearer
Heartless
(TBA)
Release date: March

Pallbearer recently paid homage to the likes of Black Sabbath and Type O Negative with the Fear and Fury EP, and will now follow the crushing sonics of Foundations of Burden with a new LP. Speaking with Decibel, the Arkansas outfit revealed that Heartless will see the light of day in March.
Calum Slingerland
 
Run the Jewels
Run The Jewels 3
(Independent)
Release date: January 13

Rap hell-raisers El-P and Killer Mike dropped "Talk to Me" and "2100," hinted at a Jack White collaboration and plotted out a winter tour all before announcing a release date for Run The Jewels 3, their most anticipated record yet. (Ed. note: Then, they dropped it over the holiday break.)
Alex Hudson
 
The Sadies
Northern Passages
(Dine Alone)
Release date: February 10

The Sadies will explore Northern Passages on their tenth studio album, reverting to their original lineup after collaborating with Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie in 2014. The record has been described as a "wild acid-folk-country-punk trip," making their collaborative album cut with Kurt Vile seem that much better of a fit.
Calum Slingerland
 
Sampha
Process
(Young Turks)
Release date: February 3

With plenty of high-profile collaborations under his belt already, Sampha's full-length solo LP Process is finally arriving next month. We've already been treated to the powerful "Blood On Me," and if recent live performances are any indication, the record should be the greatest look at Sampha's skill as both a vocalist and producer yet.
Calum Slingerland
 
The xx
I See You
(XL/Young Turks)
Release date: January 13

A "joyous" the xx album? That's not a term with which the UK trio have commonly been described, but the band say they took a freer, more exploratory approach to their forthcoming third album. If new single "On Hold" is any indication, we're in for a treat.
Stephen Carlick
 
 
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