“All art aspires to the condition of music.” Some 19th-century white guy once said. The universal language of human feeling, the best thing about music is that you don’t have to explain it in words. It stands alone. So let’s keep it brief and let the music speak for itself. Here are the records we’re most looking forward to this fall.
Aphex Twin’s first album since 2001’s Drukqs, the conceptually mangled paratextual materials (album artwork, press release bio, technical specs etc. etc.) promise a dizzyingly entertaining experience.
This Is All Yours
Their second studio album (since their award-winning debut An Awesome Wave released May 2012), alt-J’s latest videos are a beautifully shot pair featuring male and female protagonists.
With Leonard Cohen turning 80 on September 21, Popular Problems will be his 13th studio album. And from the previewed track, it sounds like he’s still got it.
A New Testament
Frontman of recently disbanded Girls, Owens, usually a mournful crooner, released a poppy twanging track, “Nothing More Than Everything To Me,” to preview his latest solo album.
A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN
Adam Wiltzie says the duo’s second studio album stays true to their “collective melancholy.” In the meantime, enjoy their April-released EP, Atomos VII, with video accompaniment.
V for Vaselines
The indie pop Scots team up with a slew of Glasgow-based artists for their new album, including Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian) and Frank Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub).
Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Teaming up with their Blue and Green albums’ producer, Everything Will Be Alright in the End is supposedly a return to the group’s roots. Their latest released track, “Cleopatra,” seems to fit the bill.
Nika Roza Danilova (aka Zola Jesus) on her new album: It represents a feral, untapped world that could happily exist without us. There are taiga forests in Northern Wisconsin where I was raised, and also in Russia where my ancestors are from, so it also feels very native… For me, it feels like my true debut, because it is the first time I have felt so open and liberated.
The Best Day
His first solo album since 2010, Moore describes it as balanced between his “signature thrashing electric guitars” and “blissful 12-string acoustic ballads.” Backed by guitarist James Sedwards (Nought), Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), the group caps off a two-month tour with a Brooklyn performance on October 26th.
Nordic classical-electronic duo Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen deliver a fresh, chilling sound that is both deeply emotional and builds to a danceable rave.
MARY J. BLIGE
The London Sessions
Blige’s new album features collaborations with British musicians Disclosure and Sam Smith (she’s collaborated with both previously).
Foo Fighters travelled to eight studios in eight cities across North America to write and record their newest album. HBO even made a documentary series chronicling their journey, which premieres October 17.
While pom pom is technically the first ‘solo’ record credited to Ariel Pink’s name, the LA-based recording artist made sure to say that “it is by far the least ‘solo’ record” he’s ever recorded. The double album’s 17 songs run 69 minutes.
TV ON THE RADIO
The track TV on the Radio dropped last week, “Happy Idiot,” is a sugary explosion.
Nicki says her new album is inspired by Jay-Z’s 2001 LP, The Blueprint. She’s already released plenty of new material, including the now-infamous video for “Anaconda,” featuring Drake.
Nothing Has Changed
Bowie’s career-spanning compilation also includes two new singles, “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” and “Tis a Pity She’s a Whore”. Check out the cool Steve Reich-infused mix of Bowie’s “Love Is Lost.”