Here Are Exclaim!'s 23 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

Here Are Exclaim!'s 23 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018


Kacey Musgraves
Golden Hour
(TBA)
Release Date: TBA

 
Bridging the gap between pop-country success and alt-country cool, Americana fans will want to keep an eye out for Kasey Musgraves' upcoming album Golden Hour. She told Entertainment Weekly that the "trippy" new album's influences include Neil Young, the Bee Gees and Sade. No details beyond the title have been announced, but it's expected in early 2018.
 
My Bloody Valentine
TBA
(TBA)
Release Date: TBA
 
Given that it took My Bloody Valentine 22 years to follow up 1991's Loveless, we take any promises leader Kevin Shields makes with a major grain of salt. That being said, he seems quite confident that an album will be out soon; when asked by Pitchfork whether the group would release their next record in 2018, he said, "We one hundred percent will." It will reportedly be a fairly short release, since Shields has said it will contain between five and eight tracks (depending on which interview you read).
 
Ought
Room Inside the World
(Royal Mountain Records / Merge Records)
Release Date: February 16

 
When recording their third album, Montreal post-punks Ought teamed up with notable indie rock producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, the War on Drugs) for a record that's apparently bigger and more nuanced than spiky past efforts. Room Inside the World follows frontman Tim Darcy's 2017 solo album, Saturday Night.
 
Panda Bear
A Day with the Homies
(Domino)
Release Date: January 12

 
Let's hope your record player is in full working order, because the new five-song EP from Animal Collective pop experimentalist Noah Lennox will be available exclusively on vinyl. In a statement, he said that A Day with the Homies was mostly mixed in mono, meaning that it's better suited for listening on speakers than headphones.
 
Rhye
Blood
(Last Gang)
Release Date: February 2
 
Originally known as a duo, Rhye is now the solo vehicle of Canadian electro-soul artist Milosh. And unlike the project's bedroom origins, Milosh says that the new album is designed to be performed live. Blood's pre-release singles have combined groove-laden funk with breathy coos and spacious, cinematic electronic textures.
 
Superchunk
What a Time to Be Alive
(Merge Records)
Release Date: February 16
 
Not to be confused with the Drake/Future mixtape of the same name, Superchunk's What a Time to Be Alive will feature Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee), Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) and David Bazan (Pedro the Lion). It's inspired by the grim current political climate, but judging by the pre-release singles, the group's raucous indie rock sounds as fun as ever.
 
Tune-Yards
I can feel you creep into my private life
(4AD)
Release Date: January 19
 
Previously a solo project, Merrill Garbus is now joined in Tune-Yards by longtime collaborator Nate Brenner. According to a press release, I can feel you creep into my private life is a danceable record with 12 songs that tackle "race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on." We're also happy to see that Garbus has ditched the labour-intensive former capitalization of her moniker, tUnE-yArDs.
 
U.S. Girls
In a Poem Unlimited
(Royal Mountain Records / 4AD)
Release Date: February 16
 
Toronto-based pop experimentalist Meghan Remy recorded her latest LP with local jazz explorers the Cosmic Range. It touches on funk and disco influences while exploring themes of women's struggle against oppression. Preview singles "Velvet 4 Sale" and "Mad as Hell" are darkly psychedelic pop anthems that pair bongo-bopping rhythms with hints of anxious, stormy rock.
 
Vampire Weekend
TBA
(Columbia Records)
Release Date: TBA
 
Guitarist/keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij left Vampire Weekend early last year, but he chipped in for the group's upcoming fourth LP, which had the working title of Mitsubishi Macchiato. Frontman Ezra Koenig has said it's a more upbeat and sunny album than 2013's Modern Vampires of the City, and is partly inspired by Kacey Musgraves' forthright lyricism.
 
Jack White
Boarding House Reach
(Third Man Records)
Release Date: TBA
 
Jack White is known for his back-to-basics garage rock and Americana inclinations, but the recent teaser video "Servings and Portions from My Boarding House Reach" is filled with MPC beats and synths. We can't wait to hear how this plays out on his upcoming third solo LP. Although the title Boarding House Reach hasn't technically been confirmed yet, the teaser video hints at it very strongly.