25 Albums To Get Excited About In August

Traditionally quite a 'non' month in music, August actually looks to full of brilliant and potentially highlight-of-the-year releases. The NME office stereo has certainly been going off to much excitement. From FKA Twigs to Falty DL, Cymbals Eat Guitars to The Wytches, check out 25 must-hear albums in August.

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25 Albums To Get Excited About In August

Soft Walls – 'No Time' Brighton’s Dan Reeves steps aside from his main band Cold Pumas for this new record under his Soft Walls moniker. With Hookworms’ MJ on production duties, he’s made a claustrophobic and ragged new offering. When’s it out? August 4

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Adult Jazz – 'Gist Is' The Leeds oddball-pop group might share a few similarities with Alt-J but Adult Jazz are making a strong case for judging them on their own merits with their debut album. Seems there might be room for more than one intellectually-driven deconstructivist pop band after all. When’s it out? August 4

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Spoon – They Want My Soul When’s it out? August 4 The cult New York band suddenly made it big on their last album, ‘Transference’, managing to reach Number 4 on the US charts. How will they follow up that success? By sticking to their guns and producing a new album that sounds like no one else but Spoon, of course.

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Mozart's Sister – Being When’s it out? August 4 Caila Thompson-Hannant aka Mozart’s Sister specialises in DIY pop. Written, produced and recorded by herself, ‘Being’ is full of gloriously odd but heartwarming moments that could see her follow the likes of fellow Canadians Grimes and Tune-Yards from cult worship to bigger things.

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Naomi Punk – Television Man When’s it out? August 4 Noise trio Naomi Punk release their new album on lauded US indie Captured Tracks and ‘Television Man’ is a worthy addition to that label’s treasure trove of a roster. Volatile, discordant and eardrum-burstingly loud, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

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Dev Hynes – Palo Alto When’s it out? August 4 The Blood Orange man returns with his first new material since last year’s ‘Cupid Deluxe’ album. This time, he’s collaborated with James Franco – sort of, anyway. ‘Palo Alto’ is the soundtrack to a new film based on a short story penned by the actor.

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Childhood – Lacuna When’s it out? August 11 An ode to their South London home, Childhood’s debut doesn’t seem like its sticking two fingers up to gentrification on the surface. Dig a bit deeper though and Ben Romans-Hopcraft and his band detail their feelings on the changes happening around their Brixton HQ, making them easier to swallow by wrapping them up in lush dream-pop.

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Grumbling Fur – Preternaturals When’s it out? August 11 Daniel O’Sullivan and Alexander Tucker are billing their third album as their big pop record but don’t expect any Katy Perry anthemics from ‘Preternaturals’. They mix infectious melodies with their more expected experimental side (and a cameo from Tim Burgess) to make something irresistible and inventive.

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FKA Twigs – LP1 When’s it out? August 11 Tahliah Barnett used to be a dancer in music videos like Jessie J’s ‘Do It Like A Dude’ but she gave that up to focus on her own songs. She details that experience on ‘LP1’’s ‘Video Girl’ while the rest of the album takes in her love life with haunting, icy R&B.

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FaltyDL – In The Wild When’s it out? August 11 New York producer Andrew Lustman brings together ambience and invigorating beats on his eclectic fourth album. Expect jazzy chords and drum’n’bass sonic assaults from the beatsmith.

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A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent When’s it out? August 11 Shoegazing introverts A Sunny Day In Glasgow morph into a beautiful butterfly on their fourth record. ‘Sea When Absent’ features a more polished take on their glimmering shoegaze – one that’s full of big hooks and abstract melodies.

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DZ Deathrays – Black Rat When’s it out? August 18 Aussie duo Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley follow up the party hard antics of their 2012 debut ‘Bloodstreams’ with something a little more restrained in ‘Black Rat’. There’s still plenty of big riffs and pop flashes between the darker lyrics though.

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Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker When’s it out? August 18 New Orleans’ singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker takes influence from the likes of Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran on his self-titled debut album. The results are exhilarating – electrifying glam pomp and blues buzz crashing brilliantly together.

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Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards - Distance When’s it out? August 18 Dan Michaelson’s fifth solo album was written after going through a divorce so it’s rich in emotion and beautifully sad moments. On ‘Distance’, he tries to figure out what went wrong via elegant Americana to rival the likes of The National.

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The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt When’s it out? August 11 Brian Fallon recently revealed that the band’s new album was influenced by The 1975 but they’ve not quite swapped their heartlands rock for mainstream, glossy pop yet. Instead, they roped in Mike Crossey, who produced the UK band’s album, to work on their jagged anthemics.

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The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader When’s it out? August 25 The Brighton-based trio finally release their long-awaited debut album this month after completing it nearly a year ago. Expect grunge nirvana from Kristian Bell’s howling vocals and his bandmates’ crunching, thundering doom rock.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose When’s it out? August 25 The New York band wrote ‘Lose’ in a period of nostalgia and longing for their best friend Benjamin Hill, who passed away seven years ago. Frontman John D’Agostino has described the record’s lyrics as a “direct confessional” so expect an unguarded, open and honest listen.

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Basement Jaxx – Junto When’s it out? August 25 The dance veterans have named their new album ‘Junto’, which means ‘together’ in Spanish. They’ll bring club-goers together with their tropical-tinged house on its release later this month.

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Cold Specks – Neuroplasticity When’s it out? August 25 Al Spx aka Cold Specks returns with her second album ‘Neuroplasticity’, following her 2012 debut ‘I Predict A Graceful Expulsion’. The 26-year-old Canadian musician made the album in a cottage in Somerset the winter after that first LP’s release, isolating herself from the rest of the world.

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Merchandise – After The End When’s it out? August 25 Tampa Bay’s finest follow-up ‘Totale Nite’ and ‘Children Of Desire’ with this new record, their first for new label home of 4AD. Frotnman Carson Cox has said of the album “now we’re going to remake ourselves as a pop band, but it’ll still be a twisted reality.” Expect big, catchy hooks to underpin Carson’s trademark croon.

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Ty Segall - Manipulator When’s it out? August 25 Beloved by The Orwells and Black Lips, Ty Segall is one of garage-punk’s most prolific heroes. He returns with ‘Manipulator’, sounding as fuzzy and vital as ever.

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J Mascis – Tied To A Star When’s it out? August 25 The Dinosaur Jr-man puts out his new solo album on Sub Pop, the label that is intrinsically linked to grunge, but ‘Tied To A Star’ is a more mellow listen than you might expect and features guest spots from Cat Power, Mark Mulcahy and more.

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The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers When’s it out? August 25 The supergroup featuring the likes of Neko Case and Destroyer’s Dan Bejar amongst others return for their first release in four years. Rife with power-pop that’s full of heart, it’s a record that feels as euphoric as it does spiky and fraught.

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Royal Blood – Royal Blood When’s it out? August 25 As one of the most talked about new bands this year, Royal Blood have got a lot to prove. Ben Thatcher and Mike Kerr will set out to do that via the earth-shaking tunes on their first LP.

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Rustie – Green Language When’s it out? August 25 ‘Green Language’ features a collaboration with rapper Danny Brown on ‘Attak’ and that track title sums up the Glaswegian producer’s new album perfectly. A relentless onslaught of electronic noise, it’s an album that could cause earthquakes on the dancefloor.

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