Queens Of The Stone Age’s return on ‘…Like Clockwork’ is both monstrously heavy and unquestionably sleazy. In her review, NME’s Leonie Cooper calls it: “Blow-your-mind-and-incinerate-your-crotch rock’n’roll.”
Having already released one of the biggest tunes of the year with the AlunaGeorge-featuring ‘White Noise’, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence look set to soundtrack the summer. As NME’s Eve Barlow put it in her review: “Disclosuremania is clearly about to sweep the nation.”
The sharpest suited young man in rock returns with his second solo album, and it could be his moment to step out of the shadow of his famous friends and influences. NME’s Andy Welch compared the record to the singer’s attire: “Measured, sharp and extremely well put together.”
The return of Liam Gallagher was never going to be an understated affair. Liam is back spouting hilarious quotes and generally mouthing off, but most importantly he and Beady Eye also have an album full of Dave Sitek-produced rock’n’roll to unleash.
Black Sabbath’s return looks set to be epic in every sense. The first album Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have recorded together since 1978’s ‘Never Say Die!’ was preceded by lead single ‘God Is Dead?’, which clocks in at nearly nine minutes.
Boards Of Canada have demonstrated an admirable dedication to doing things differently while promoting their first album since 2005. The duo hosted an unusual album playback by setting up two speakers in the middle of the desert and giving fans co-ordinates to find the music for themselves, but you’ll be able to hear it from the comfort of your own home from June 10.
UK producer Gold Panda’s eagerly-awaited follow-up to debut ‘Lucky Shiner’ is called ‘Half Of Where You Live’. NME’s Tom Howard called lead track ‘Brazil’ a: “dose of hardcore sunshine relaxation.”
These New Puritan’s follow-up to ‘Hidden’, NME’s Album Of The Year in 2010, is called ‘Field Of Reeds’ and has already divided opinion in the NME office. Lucy Jones called it “a move in an even more experimental direction.. warm in harmony and melody… [with] passages of challenging dissonance.” Mark Beaumont thinks it’s an: “aimless, thrill-free ballet score.” Decide for yourself in June.
Australian duo Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield have created one of the year’s most eagerly-awaited debuts in Jagwar Ma’s ‘Howlin”. NME’s Mark Beaumont described their performance at Birthdays in London as: “A dazzling update of the pre-Beatles rock’n’roll trend fed through two decades of demonic dance decadence.”
When Empire Of The Sun returned for the first time since 2008 debut album ‘Walking On A Dream’ with lead single ‘Alive’, NME’s Matthew Horton described it as a “sunshine soundtrack right on the button. Albeit with some bet-hedging chat about snow thrown in.” Their second album ‘Ice On The Dune’ looks set to be packed with more tunes both hot and cool.
Zomby’s third album, ‘With Love’, could well be his masterpiece. Divided into two volumes, the 33 track triple vinyl/double CD is said to combine both dance floor tunes and after hours emotional introspection, and label 4AD promise it will serve “as a love letter to the soulful dance music of his past.”
Toronto’s Austra follow-up to 2011′s ‘Feel It Break’ will be ‘Olympia’, and Katie Stelmanis’ lyrics, written with backing vocalist Sari Lightman, are reportedly “dark,” but it’s “fundamentally a dance record.”
‘Kveikur’ will be Sigur Rós’ seventh album and reportedly sees something of a sea change for the band as they take a heavier, more industrial direction, as indicated by lead single ‘Brennisteinn’.
Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards of Deap Vally release their debut album ‘Sistrionix’ on June 24. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Lars Stalfors, who’s previously worked with The Mars Volta, the righteously heavy album will be supported by a string of festival shows. Don’t miss them.
With the most minimal packaging you’re likely to see this year, not to mention his uniquely eccentric ideas about album promotion, Kanye West’s sixth studio album ‘Yeezus’ is already set to be one of the musical events of the year. Recorded in Paris, with a string of collaborators reportedly including Daft Punk, love him or loathe him you’ll need to hear it.