Being May 1st, we've picked out some of the upcoming albums we're most looking forward to - starting with The Cribs' 'In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull'. The follow up to 'Ignore The Ignorant' is released on May 7th and it's their first since the band parted ways with Johnny Marr, after a four year period with the Smiths guitarist.
Damon Albarn - 'Dr Dee'. A studio album of material composed for his Dr Dee opera, the 18 tracks were recorded with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. It's released on May 7th.
Willie Nelson - 'Heroes'. Set for release on May 14th, the record will include cover versions of Coldplay's 'The Scientist' and Pearl Jam's 'Just Breathe' as well as featuring brand new Nelson material and guest spots from Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Sheryl Crow.
Zulu Winter - 'Language'. Out May 14th via PIAS, our recent Radar piece on the band claimed the album :has placed them at the forefront of the new Bratpack of 2012 hopefuls" with its comparisons to The Vaccines, The Maccabees and Friendly Fires.
Gaz Coombes - 'Gaz Coombes presents... Here Come The Bombs'. After six albums with Supergrass, Gaz is releasing his debut solo album on the 21st. He recently revealed he approached the material as being a "blank page", adding: "It was really focused on just what I wanted to get across, and on my inspirations – they were all my things that I'm into."
The Heartbreaks - 'Funtimes'. Their debut album is out May 7th via Nusic Sounds, but you can stream it in full right here. The album was produced by Tristan Ivemy and Joe Cross (Hurts, Sound of Arrows), while Edwyn Collins and Sebastian Lewsley assisted with track ‘Remorseful’.
Fixers - 'We'll Be The Moon'. The Oxford band will release their debut album on May 14th - click here to listen to a track from the album ('Floating Up') and to see their UK tour dates for May.
Niki & The Dove - 'Instinct'. The Swedish duo are releasing their debut on May 17th via Mercury Records. The album, which will feature the singles 'The Fox' and 'DJ, Ease My Mind', is the full-length follow-up to last year's 'The Drummer' EP.
Gossip - 'A Joyful Noise'. Their first studio effort since 2009's 'Music For Men', the band's fifth album is due out on May 14th and has been produced by Brian Higgins of pop production company Xenomania and Mark Ronson. Speaking about Ronson, Ditto recently told NME: "One of our most common bonds was that we both loved big voices, church voices."
Here We Go Magic - 'A Different Ship'. Scheduled for release on May 7th, the band have described the ten-track album to carry a thematic concern for "unresolved tension between valuing being alone and valuing being connected."
Saint Etienne - 'Words & Music By Saint Etienne'. Their first studio album in 7 years is out May 21. Bob Stanley says the album is about "how music affects your life. How it defines the way you see the world as a child, how it can get you through bad times in unexpected ways, and how songs you’ve known all your life can suddenly develop a new attachment, and hurt every time you hear them."
Garbage - 'Not Your Kind Of People'. May 14th marks the return of Garbage, and Shirley Manson has shared that their new album has been inspired by David Bowie, Siouxsie Sioux and Cocteau Twins. The record was recorded in Atwater Village in Los Angeles and has been produced by Garbage and mixed by the band's drummer Butch Vig.
Simian Mobile Disco - 'Unpatterns'. The dance duo are unleashing their follow-up to 2009's 'Temporary Pleasure' on May 14th. Click here to read a review of the record's lead single 'Seraphim'.
DZ Deathrays - 'Bloodstreams'. Their debut LP is out May 7th via Hassle Records. Speaking to NME earlier this year about the it, the band's Shane Parsons said: "I think people are gonna be surprised by the album - there are songs on there that are maybe a bit mellower than they might expect. There are also songs that I've had to try and actually sing, rather than just scream."
The Enemy - 'Streets In The Sky'. The Coventry trio will release their third album on May 21st. Speaking to NME about the album, bassist Andy Hopkins said: "We had about 30 songs to start off with and we demoed a lot of them. Once we finished demoing and recorded some of them we were able to pick out the ones we wanted."
Beach House - 'Bloom'. The new LP, which will be the fourth studio effort from the Baltimore duo Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, is out May 15th. Legrand recently told NME that on the album "There's lightness, it's not all dark," and that they wanted it to make a "definitive statement" similar to The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' or The Cure's 'Disintegration'.
Ladyhawke - 'Anxiety'. Originally given a March release date, Ladyhawke's LP (which was recorded over the past year at producer Pascal Gabriel's house in the south of France) was pushed back to May 28th. She said of 'Anxiety': "It's lot more rocky. The tone of it is definitely darker."
Hot Water Music - 'Exister'. The band's first original full-length studio album in eight years is due out on May 14th. It was recorded at The Blasting Room studio in Ft. Collins, CO with producer/Descendents drummer Bill Stevenson.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - 'Aufheben'. While the album hit most shops a week early, BJM's 13th studio album is officially out May 7th. Discussing how he would describe the sound of 'Aufheben', frontman Anton Newcombe told NME: "I feel like I am on the crossroads of creating an epic soundtrack for film, so in a word, ['Aufheben' sounds] cinematic."
Keane - 'Strangeland'. Their fourth studio album 'Strangeland', produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat, is out May 7. Speaking about the album, Tim Rice-Oxley said it "feels like an adventure that brings with it different things for different people, and like any adventure is full of uncertainty, and the potential for mishap, as well as the possibility of amazing things and glorious discoveries."