As an incredible year of music comes to a close, it’s time to get excited about everything 2017 will have to offer. Artists such as Avril Lavigne and Pretty Lights have confirmed albums due in 2017 for the first time in several years. And, evidence shows, that Lorde will finally be releasing her long awaited sophomore album. Here is our current list of 10 Albums We Can Look Forward to in 2017.
If you’ve paid attention to Brad Paisley this past year, you know that he’s been incredibly busy getting ready to release his 11th studio album, titled Love and War. Earlier this year, Paisley dropped a collaboration featuring the powerhouse vocals of Demi Lovato. And though song veered away from his typical country sound, he still maintained respect to the genre. We can expect a similar configuration for the rest of the album, which features appearances by Mick Jagger, writing credentials from Creedence Clearwater’s John Fogerty, and production from Timbaland. It was Brad Paisley’s intention to stretch outside his comfort zone for this upcoming record, but rest assured, Love and War is still, at its core, a country album.
Its been a tough few years for Avril Lavigne since her last, self-titled record in 2013. But after a personal renewal from getting ahead of her issues with lyme disease, Avril is finally ready to release new music. She wrote in the caption of an Instagram photo. “It hasn’t just been a hard battle but it’s also been enlightening and will reflect in my new music, artistry, life, and personally.” She continued to confirm that she will be releasing new music in 2017, so get ready Avril Lavigne fans, because there will likely be some incredible pop music hitting your ears this year.
When Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes announced three months ago that the indie folk band–who had been on hiatus for a very long time–we didn’t think it would be so soon before we got more details, let alone an album name and cover. But two days ago, in an instagram post that is now deleted, Pecknold revealed the finished album alongside the other albums in his iTunes library. The album is titled Ylajali, and though not much else is known about the record, we’re already excited for its existence.
This year Lorde has become much more vocal about her plans for her long awaited sophomore album. A few months ago, in response to a disgruntled fan, Lorde assured the internet that she is hard at work on her new album, which was written largely about the “crossover” between adolescence and adulthood, about the sense of inner pride and awareness she’s come into since her debut just three years ago. Lorde has been recording her new album in New York, and according to a recent tweet, is listening to her new album on headphones to experience it just like we will. So every antsy fan should just hold on for a little while longer, because Lorde is about to be ready to bless us with another work of art.
Derek Smith, aka Pretty Lights, has been quiet since he released A Color Map of the Sun besides throwing a music festival this past May. The genre-bending electronic producer had a heavy hand in curving out the EDM scene in Colorado, but has since moved away and out of fame’s spotlight. But just a few days ago, Smith told the Denver Post that he’s working on a new album about the “connections between people,” and the “amazing things that happen between people on the same frequency”. We’re excited for a new Pretty Lights album, and hope some of the other big EDM producers follow suit in 2017.
When we saw that two out of the four members of the Arctic Monkeys were pursuing their side projects, we weren’t hopeful that the indie rock band would be releasing new music anytime soon. Alex Turner has been busy relaunching The Last Shadow Puppets, while drummer Matt Helders has joined Iggy Pop for Post Pop Depression. But now, all band members are back in England and ready to record a new record. Last summer, Turner said there wasn’t any hurry to release a new Arctic Monkeys record, so the process might be a slow one. But we’re just happy that it’s begun.
It’s been two years since St. Vincent released her powerful, indie rock self titled album which soared to critical acclaim and solidified St. Vincent as the incredibly gifted guitarist she is. In January, St. Vincent will be one the cover of Guitar World magazine. In her interview, she discussed her upcoming record, which should be available sometime this Spring. Clark states her next record to be the deepest, boldest work she’s ever done. And as an artist living in a politically important time, the art has consequently been influenced by it, and only music that has “something pretty real to say” is going to “cut the mustard”. In other words, we could be seeing Annie Clark’s most compelling and meaningful work to date. And we couldn’t be more excited.
Two years after the release of They Want My Soul, Spoon has already announced that their ninth effort will be out sometime in March. They’ve returned to Matador Records and are working with producer Dave Fridman, who helmed their previous album. Together, they have created “multidimensional jams that showcase textured guitar riffs, warm keyboards, oddball studio effects, and [frontman Britt] Daniel’s sandpaper-rough croon.” This Austin indie band has been on the forefront of their genre for over a decade, and it looks like they won’t be letting up in 2017.
A few days ago, Big Sean revealed the album title, release date, and cover art for his upcoming record I Decide. We can expect the rapper’s next effort on February 3, 2017. Big Sean also made “Moves” available for instant download when you pre-order I Decide. The tone of the track is slow and sexy, a vibe we know Big Sean to pull off very well. Last week, he dropped a single featuring Chance the Rapper and Jeremih titled “Living Single”, which will also appear on I Decide. Big Sean is ready to share his story with us, and we’re very excited to hear it.
It’s been three years since HAIM released their incredible debut, Days Are Gone. And it’s finally been confirmed that their next effort, a more “organic” album, will be out sometime in Summer 2017. According to the HAIM sisters, the album was recorded primarily by themselves, besides working with ex-Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij and recording in Ariel Rechtshaid’s studio. Though not much else is known about the album, Este Haim revealed that she’s returning to the fretless bass for portions of the record, a feat that is anything but easy, but we know will further reward HAIM’s highly anticipated sophomore record.
Check back for more updates and upcoming releases in 2017. And happy listening!