What great albums do we have to look forward to this month? Well, for starters, there’s Eagulls – ‘Eagulls’, out March 3. From gracing Late Night With David Letterman alongside Bill Murray to calling out middle class bands with nothing to say via incendiary blog posts, Eagulls are never short of talking points. Their debut album is no different – a record of uncompromising punk fury.
The Men, ‘Tomorrow’s Hits’, March 3. Previously in their career, Brooklyn’s The Men have recorded in spit and sawdust, improvised studio spaces. On their fifth album, though, they relocated to somewhere more proper and high quality, giving the raw cuts of ‘Tomorrow’s Hits’ a new, HD sheen.
Real Estate, ‘Atlas’, March 3 Ditching the meticulous recording methods used on previous album ‘Days’, Real Estate opted to make ‘Atlas’ as close to their live shows as possible, recording it as a full live take. The results are something more free-spirited, mixing feelings of melancholia with breezy atmospherics.
Rick Ross, ‘Mastermind’, March 3 After losing out on a sponsorship deal with Reebok due to a lyric seemingly advocating date rape, Rick Ross is back to cause yet more controversy. Joining the unpredictable rapper on his sixth album will be Jay Z, The Weekend, Kanye West, Meek Mill, Lil Wayne and more.
Dena, ‘Flash’, March 10 Bulgarian singer Dena’s video for her breakthrough single ‘Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pool’ has racked up over one million views so far, receiving attention for its tongue-in-cheek pop at materialism. Find out what other ideals she holds on her debut LP.
Metronomy, ‘Love Letters’, March 10 Since first emerging in 2006 with debut album ‘Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)’, Joe Mount has become one of the UK’s most forward-thinking and exciting producers of electronic pop. ‘Love Letters’, was announced via lead track ‘I’m Aquarius’ and its accompanying stargazing app, looks set to reinforce that even further.
Axxa Abraxas, ‘Axxa Abraxas’, March 10 Axxa Abraxas is the name of 23-year-old Ben Asbury’s music and art project. Signed to Captured Tracks after sending a demo with a DIY silkscreen print, the Atlanta artist and former psychology, religion and sociology student makes psychedelic art-rock that’s as lush as it is lo-fi.
Elbow, ‘The Take Off And Landing Of Everything’, March 10 While the majority of Elbow’s new record was recorded in their own Blueprint Studios in Salford, Guy Garvey and his band took some time to make parts in Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Wiltshire. Meanwhile, the group wrote the songs individually for the first time, which could have a huge impact on the sound of the album.
The War On Drugs, ‘Lost In The Dream’, March 17 Kurt Vile’s former band make a claim to be Philadelphia’s best musicians on their new album ‘Atlas’. Surprisingly, having being written during a period of depression and the breakdown of frontman Adam Granduciel’s relationship, the record is full of uplifting American rock.
Black Lips, ‘Underneath The Rainbow’, March 17 Now on their seventh album, Atlanta punks Black Lips have roped in a big name to get involved with ‘Underneath The Rainbow’. The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney takes up production duties on the record, which the band told NME recently was like “training to be a Navy Seal”.
Sky Ferreira, ‘Night Time, My Time’, March 17 Months after the US release and years after she originally signed a record deal, Sky Ferreria finally puts out her debut album in the UK this month. Expect lots of huge new wave-inspired pop moments and some controversial artwork from the lens of Gaspard Noe.
Perfect Pussy, ‘Say Yes To Love’, March 17 The Syracuse, New York band have poured their own blood into the limited edition version vinyl of their debut album. It’s fitting for the record, which sees Meredith Graves outpouring her feelings on gender inequality and abusive relationships.
Future Islands, ‘Singles’, March 24 Baltimore synthpop group Future Islands have been going since 2006, releasing three albums on DIY label Upset The Rhythm and Thrill Jockey between a host of EPs and singles. Now they’ve signed to the legendary 4AD, for their fourth album ‘Singles’, which should see their sound progress even more.
Liars, ‘Mess’, March 24 “Working on the last record was really doubtful and paranoid, and that’s fine, but it just meant that when work started on this one, it was the exact opposite,” said Angus Andrew of Liars’ new album. “It was way more instinctive and confident.” Hear how that’s affected their post-rock on the follow-up to 2012’s ‘WIXIW’.
Howler, ‘World Of Joy’, March 24 Two years after the release of their debut album, Minneapolis quartet Howler return with ‘World Of Joy’. It’s not as cheery as the title makes out though, with frontman Jordan Gatesmith on top acerbic form, taking aim at rich kids (‘Yacht Boys’) and dive bars (‘Al’s Corral’).
Jimi Goodwin, ‘Odludek’, March 24 The Doves frontman goes it alone on his debut solo album ‘Odludek’. “I wanted to make this mad mixtape… the kind you’d pass back and forth with your mates; eclectic as fuck,” Goodwin said of his intentions behind the record. Find out if he’s achieved his goals later this month.
Coves, ‘Soft Friday’, March 31 Leamington Spa psych-pop duo John Ridgard and Beck Wood have been slowly piecing together their debut album since drunkenly deciding to form a band together in 2011. ‘Soft Friday’ collates their finest moments so far, from the Kills-esque ‘No Ladder’ to the shining pop of ‘Wake Up’.
Cloud Nothings, ‘Here And Nowhere Else’, March 31 Founded by Dylan Baldi, Cloud Nothings have developed since releasing their debut LP ‘Turning On’ back in 2009. Four albums on and they’re bolder, more brittle and more uncompromising.
White Hinterland, ‘Baby’, March 31 Casey Dienel operates under the alias White Hinterland and, on her third album, she opted to use a more untraditional recording location, setting up her equipment in the basement of her parents’ house and teaching herself how to produce via YouTube tutorials.
Superfood, ‘MAM EP’, March 3 The Birmingham quartet have been working on their debut album recently but first they release this EP, a four song collection of some of their best tracks so far bolstered by new cut ‘Houses On The Plain’.