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Albums To Get Excited For This Month - May 2014

  • Pinch, punch, first of the month. We're somehow in May already, which means two things: 1) not one but TWO Bank Holidays for us Brits (get in!) and 2) a string of amazing albums coming out. Here's the LPs we're most anticipating this month, starting with The Horrors' 'Luminous', out May 5. According to frontman Faris Badwan, the album title “sums up a lot of the ways we make music."

    Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

    Added: 19 Mar 2014

  • Teen – The Way & The Color
    When’s it out? May 5


    The Brooklyn band explore the darker side of life on ‘The Way And Color’. The quartet’s second album is full of stories of fear and regret, presented with glossy synth hooks.

    Photo: Press/Shawn Brackbill

    Added: 01 May 2014

  • Gruff Rhys – American Interior
    When’s it out? May 5


    The Super Furries man has gone into creative overdrive and made an album, book and film around the life of John Evans, a distant relative of Rhys’ and an 18th century farmhand who traveled from Wales to America in search of a rumoured tribe of Welsh-speaking native Americans.

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Added: 18 May 2011

  • Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
    When’s it out? May 5


    Merrill Garbus’ second album was informed by a trip she took to Haiti, where she aimed to situate herself “in a non-western musical tradition”. Find out how that’s affected her new record soon. Clue: she’s still as delightfully bonkers as ever.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 03 Mar 2014

  • Oliver Wilde – Red Tide Opal In The Loose End Womb
    When’s it out? May 5


    The Howling Owl signee releases his second album in May, following last year’s debut ‘A Brief Introduction To Unnatural Light Years’. Expect more psych oddness from the Bristol musician.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Yvette – Process
    When’s it out? May 5


    Industrial noise rock duo Yvette pour their anxieties into their unrelenting music and are fans of turning things up to 11. “We’ve played shows where people have been holding their ears,” they told NME recently. Crank their debut album up to maximum volume to get the same effect.

    Photo: Daniel Topete/NME

    Added: 28 Apr 2014

  • Lykke Li – I Never Learn
    When’s it out? May 5


    The Swedish singer presents a record of heartbroken acoustic tales for her third effort. Stripping away the electronic-tinged side of her music, this is Lykke Li in skeletal form, pouring her heart out to the world.

    Photo: Getty

    Added: 12 Mar 2014

  • Swans – To Be Kind
    When's it out? May 5


    One of music’s loudest bands, Swans return with the help of some special guests. St Vincent, Cold Specks and Little Annie all feature on ‘To Be Kind’, while band leader Michael Gira put himself in charge of committing his group’s sonic force to tape.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 15 Apr 2014

  • Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
    When’s it out? May 12


    Yukumi Nagano and Little Dragon have shared many of the tracks that make up second record ‘Nabuma Rubberband’. One thing that links the lot is their velvety sense of sophistication. Hear how they fit in with the rest of the album soon.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 14 Feb 2014

  • Beaty Heart – Mixed Blessings
    When’s it out? May 12


    Peckham’s Beaty Heart finally release their debut album after five years together this month. Featuring tropical sounds and sticky rhythms, it’s a record fit for a summer heatwave.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 01 May 2014

  • Bo Ningen – III
    When’s it out? May 12


    On their third album, aptly titled ‘III’, the Japanese acid-punkers take aim at Crystal Castles. ‘CC’ finds the band venting their anger at being cancelled as a support act the day before they were due to embark on the Canadian duo’s Euro tour. It also features guest vocals from Savages’ Jehnny Beth, adding even more fury to the mix.

    Photo: Press/Cat Stevens

    Added: 18 Mar 2014

  • Sundowners – The Medicine EP
    When’s it out? May 12


    There must be something in the water at the Skelly family’s house. James and Ian have previously found success with their band The Coral and now Alfie and Fiona look set to win over new fans with their latest release, ‘The Medicine’ EP.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 24 Jun 2013

  • Black Keys – Turn Blue
    When’s it out? May 12


    The duo announced their eighth album via a tweet from Mike Tyson and have followed that announcement up with a series of cryptic, hpnotist-featuring videos. Co-produced by Danger Mouse, the record marks Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney’s reunion after spending time producing other artists like Black Lips and Lana Del Rey.

    Photo: Press/Alysse Gafkjen

    Added: 25 Mar 2014

  • Sean Nicholas Savage – Bermuda Waterfall
    When’s it out? May 12


    Canadian oddball Savage might have slowed down his prolific production rate lately (he put out multiple records in each of his first four years of releasing his music) but he hasn’t lost any of his weird charm. On his 11th LP he moves into new territory, finding influence from the new romantic era.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 01 May 2014

  • Owen Pallett – In Conflict
    When’s it out? May 26


    He’s just teamed up with Caribou’s Dan Snaith (in his Daphni guise) for a couple of tracks and, though those don’t feature on ‘In Conflict’, Pallett’s clearly still got the collaboration bug. On his fourth album, he’s joined by Brian Eno and The Czech FILMHarmonic Orchestra amongst others.

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    Added: 01 May 2014

  • Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
    When’s it out? May 19


    The Bright Eyes man teams up with Swedish folk sisters First Aid Kit on his latest solo album, who he’s enlisted on backing vocal duties for the record. Also on board for the LP is Jonathan Wilson, who produced the album having worked behind the mixing desk on records for Father John Misty and Dawes.

    Photo: Press/Butch Hogan

    Added: 01 May 2014

  • Pure X – Angel
    When’s it out? May 19


    Pure X’s drummer, the fantastically named Austin Youngblood, describes ‘Angel’ as “a record for the ladies, about the ladies”. Their third LP, the album is also their first as a four piece since the arrival of synth player Matty Tommy Davidson and a sultry, soft piece of work.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 18 Feb 2013

  • Coldplay – Ghost Stories
    When’s it out? May 19


    Chris Martin and his band made a surprise return earlier this year with the Jon Hopkins-produced track ‘Midnight’. Will the rest of the album be as sparse and electronic focused? We’ll find out soon enough.

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    Added: 12 Mar 2014

  • Kate Tempest – Everybody Down When’s it out? May 19

    The spoken word artist has been gathering acclaim in underground circles for years, both as a solo artist and as part of her former band The Sound Of Rum. She finally releases her debut album this month on the innovative Big Dada label.

    Photo: Press/David Stewert

    Added: 29 Apr 2014

  • Archie Bronson Outfit – Wild Crush When’s it out? May 19

    Recorded in the band’s hometown of Bath, ‘Wild Crush’ finds Archie Bronson Outfit pioneering new ground for their label Domino. The album was mastered at half speed to make the sound quality as good as possible – the first time the label has employed the technique on a record.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 14 Apr 2014

  • Brian Jonestown Massacre – Revelation When’s it out? May 19

    Anton Newcombe reunites with original BJM member Ricky Maymi on his fourteenth studio album, ‘Revelation’, alongside members of Les Big Byrds, Asteroid #4 and Dimmer. Find out what new psych territory Newcombe is ploughing on its release in a few weeks.

    Photo: Getty

    Added: 13 Mar 2014

  • Lizzo – Lizzobangers
    When’s it out? May 26


    ‘Lizzobangers’ was released in the US late last year and now it gets an official release this side of the Atlantic. Expect tongue-in-cheek humour, infectious beats and social observations from the ‘Batches And Cookies’ rapper.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Wolf Alice – Creature Songs EP When’s it out? May 26

    The wait for a full-length record from North London’s finest goes on. In the meantime, here's four new songs to tide us over. ‘Creature Songs’ still shows us the two sides of the band, veering from the stomping ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ and ‘Storms’ to the more sweet and tender ‘Heavenly Creatures’ and ‘We’re Not The Same’.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 06 Nov 2013

  • Echo & The Bunnymen – Meteorites
    When’s it out? May 26


    The legendary Liverpudlian band return with their twelfth album and first since 2009’s ‘The Fountain’. Frontman Ian McCulloch as described it as being what the band “mean and are meant to be – up there in heaven – untouchable, celestial, beautiful and real. It has changed my life.”

    Photo: Press

    Added: 15 Apr 2014

  • The So So Glos – Blowout
    When’s it out? May 19


    Back home in New York, The So So Glos co-founded Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium, an all ages DIY venue. The uncompromising attitude behind running that space also filters into their music - new album ‘Blowout’ is as boisterous a garage punk listen as you'll come across all year.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 01 May 2014