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12 Spring Album Releases We're Excited About



BJM's upcoming release, Musique de Film Imaginé

The Cribs
Album: For All My Sisters
Release: March 23

British three-piece band – consisting of brothers Gary, Ross, and Ryan – will release their sixth studio album at the end of this month. This is the first Cribs album that will be released on their own label, Sonic Brew. The band also no longer includes ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who has subsequently begun his own solo career. The Cribs are known for their punk-inspired indie sound and have been described as “the biggest cult band in the UK.” Listen to the first single from the album, “Burning For No One,” below.




Death Cab For Cutie
Album: Kintsugi
Release: March 30

Indie rockers Death Cab For Cutie’s eighth studio album title is derived from kitsungi, a type of Japanese art involving fixing broken pottery, and as a philosophy of treating breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. The title was chosen in part because the album was their first without founding member Chris Walla, who departed the band after 17 years.




Sufjan Stevens
Album: Carrie & Lowell
Release: March 30

Folk and experimental singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens will release his seventh studio album at the end of March. He has also announced a 2015 tour to coincide with the new album, and will headline End of the Road Festival in the United Kingdom in September. His previous album, The Age of Adz, was a critical and commercial success with a sound that deviated from his traditional folk background and delved further into electronic beats, soundscapes, and filtered vocals. "Should Have Known Better" (below) is a song from the upcoming album.




WATERS
Album: What’s Real
Release: April 7

California rock project WATERS will release their second studio album later this spring on Vagrant Records. They have recently toured with Tegan and Sara, Magic Man, and Smallpools after recording their EP It All Might Be OK this past October. They will be touring this summer supporting Matt & Kim. The album will explore themes of finding an escape during high school years, leaving adolescence, and entering the world of adulthood. 




Built to Spill
Album: Untethered Moon
Release: April 21

Built to Spill will release their first album since 2009’s There Is No Enemy, marking the band’s eighth studio release. The album will have an advance release on Record Store Day April 18th, but will be available officially later in the month. They will be touring in support of Death Cab For Cutie this summer, so listen to a track from the upcoming album below to get ready for the great weather and more awesome jams.




Passion Pit
Album: Kindred
Release: April 21

The Massachusetts electronic pop band will release their third studio album next month following frontman Michael Angelakos’ Soundcloud hints of demo clips. The album promises to be another dose of synth-infused fun bursting with excitement, youth, and the wistful desire to embrace the moment and live life to the fullest. They will be touring the US this summer, with dates and tickets that can be viewed via the band’s website. Listen to a track from the new album below!




Blur
Album: The Magic Whip
Release: April 27

Britpop giants Blur are back for their first album in twelve years, and their first with guitarist Graham Coxon since their 1999 album, 13. The new album was inspired by the band’s time in Hong Kong during a recent tour after they were stranded there for an extended period following a festival cancellation. The album was announced unexpectedly after rumors over the past few years of whether or not newly written material would ever see the light of an official release.  About the overall sound, Damon says, “There’s nothing pastoral about it; it’s a very urban album.”




Brian Jonestown Massacre
Album: Musique De Film Imaginé
Release: April 27

Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre has written an album called ‘Musique De Film Imaginé’. It pays homage to the great European film directors of the mid-21st Century, such as François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, as a soundtrack to a fictional film of Anton’s creation. “The interesting thing about this project is that the film does not exist either. Even so, I imagined and I realised its soundtrack... Now it's your turn, you are the listener to imagine the film,” Anton describes. Listen to one of the dreamy instrumentals from the album, below.




BRAIDS
Album: Deep In the Iris
Release: April 28

Canadian experimental pop band BRAIDS will release what has been called “their sunniest and most immediate record” later this spring.  The band rented a cabin in Arizona to record outside their homeland of Canada for the first time for the reason, "we wanted to leave winter, to leave what we were familiar with, to go to a place where we felt sunlight on our face.” Their new single, “Taste,” premiered recently – listen below!




My Morning Jacket
Album: The Waterfall
Release: May 4

Louisville indie rockers MMJ will release their seventh studio album to kick off the summer. Last year songwriter Jim James told Rolling Stone that the band had written “twenty-four solid song contenders” for upcoming releases. Instead of intending The Waterfall to be a double album, some of the songs will be saved for a release in 2016 as well. MMJ will be touring and headlining a number of festivals this summer, and their new single can be listened to below.




Wire
Album: Wire
Release: April, TBA

London post-punk legends Wire will release their fourteenth studio album, self-titled, after several incidents of disbanding and reuniting. Some of the songs had been performed on most recent tours, but were writing with the intention of an eventual studio release. It is said to contain pop melodies reminiscent to those of the 60s. About the album, singer Colin Newman stated, “The point where our personal narratives meet is all about change - moving on and keeping it interesting for ourselves. We're in it for the long haul and this a one-way trip."




Kanye West
Album: So Help Me God
Release: April, TBA

Can’t get enough Yeezus? No worries, Kanye has rumored that his new album will drop unexpectedly sometime before the start of the summer. The new record will be a follow-up to 2013’s abrasive, narcissistic, and ultimately most critically acclaimed album Yeezus. Stay tuned for more information here on Up to Tempo and revisit one of Kanye’s previous tracks below! 


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