Autumn might not be the cheeriest season, but it’s historically a great one for new releases and this year is no different. Welcome in October and all its myriad musical gifts with NME’s selection of the albums you’ll want to spend your pennies on this month. From Eagles of Death Metal to Swim Deep, there’s something for everyone…
Neon Indian – ‘Vega Intl Night School’: When’s it out? October 16. Four years ago, Alan Palomo, the mastermind behind Neon Indian released his last album ‘Era Extrana’. Now he’s back with ‘Vega Intl. Night School’, a record informed by his nocturnal habits. “Most of what I’ve learned about human nature in my twenties has happened after dark,” Palomo said of the record.
Deerhunter – ‘Fading Frontiers’: When’s it out? October 16. Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox sounds more relaxed on this new album than on his previous record, the dark ‘Monomania’. ‘Fading Frontiers’ is one of the band’s best albums to date, a mix of jangling sunkissed guitars and lethargic, blissed-out drawls.
Demob Happy – ‘Dream Soda’: When’s it out? October 2. The Brighton-based quartet follow their ‘Young & Numb’ EP with their debut album. It’s chockablock with grunge riffs, howling vocals and sweaty rock atmosphere.
Protomartyr – ‘The Agent Intellect’: When’s it out? October 2. The Detroit rock group get more personal on new record ‘The Agent Intellect’, with frontman Joe Casey writing more about his family, as well as their hometown, money and “false pride”.
Swim Deep – ‘Mothers’: When’s it out? October 2. There’s no difficult second album syndrome in sight for the Birmingham dreamers. ‘Mothers’ is an acid-drenched race through the galaxy, from pretty meanders through melody to psychedelic wigouts.
Eagles Of Death Metal – ‘Zipper Down’: When’s it out? October 2. Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme reunites with Boots Electric, aka Jesse Hughes, his EODM partner. ‘Zipper Down’ is rock’n’roll at its sleaziest and most fun.
Boogarins – ‘Manual’: When’s it out? October 30. Brazilian psych group Boogarins follow 2013’s debut album ‘As Plantas Que Curam’ with more explorations into their mind-altering universe, complete with lyrics sung in Portuguese.
EL VY – ‘Return To The Moon’: When’s it out? October 23. The National’s Matt Berninger takes a break from his main band to join up with Menomena and Ramona Falls’ Brent Klopf. The pair claim the album is a “glimpse into an alternate musical universe”.
Real Lies – ‘Real Life’: When’s it out? October 16. London trio Real Lies have been compared to everyone from The Streets and Pet Shop Boys, and on their debut album they present a look at modern city life. Night buses, friendship and love are some of the subjects they tackle over shadowy bass.
Hurts – ‘Surrender’: When’s it out? October 9. Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson return, taking inspiration from the EDM revolution that’s spread the world since their last record ‘Exile’. They’ve meshed elements of that genre with their penchant for sultry new wave and synth-pop.
Alex G – ‘Beach Music’: When’s it out? October 9. Philadelphia bedroom-pop auteur Alex Giannascoli (aka Alex G) took a different approach to his new LP – his first for Domino. Instead of writing the songs all at once, he wrote and recorded them in his apartment over a few months, between tours, but still boast his dreamy lo-fi sound.
Rudimental – ‘We The Generation’: When’s it out? October 2. The Hackney drum’n’bass troupe follow their own lead from their 2013 debut album and bring a new cast of guest vocalists into the fold for album two. Tune in for cameos from Lianne La Havas, Ella Eyre, Sinead Harnett and more.
Roots Manuva – ‘Bleeds’: When’s it out? October 30. Four Tet, Adrian Sherwood and more feature on the veteran rapper’s new record. On it, Roots mixes reggae, techno and funk in a way that’s designed to reflect “the blood that paints infinite sacred wonders in our dreams and unfold in our day-to-day”.
The Enemy – ‘It’s Automatic’: When’s it out? October 9. It’s been three years since the Coventry trio released their last album, ‘Streets In The Sky’. Frontman Tom Clarke has described the songs as some of the best he’s ever written, while their self-proclaimed new musical direction finds them ploughing Manics-esque rousing indie.
Dilly Dally – ‘Sore’: When’s it out? October 9. Katie Monks and her Toronto gang present their debut album ‘Sore’, a record that’ll batter you round the ears and get right under your skin. Pick it up for punk riffs aplenty and Monks’ raw, rasped vocals.
The Garden – ‘Haha’: When’s it out? October 9. Californian twins Wyatt and Fletcher Shears keep their oddball personalities in this new record of short, sharp garage-punk gems, but polish up the production a little.
Joanna Newsom – ‘Divers’: When’s it out? October 23. On ‘Sapokanikan’, the first track to be unveiled from ‘Divers’, Joanna Newsom skipped around New York City, singing about native settlers in Greenwich Village. Find out what the rest of the album has in store later this month.