Autumn Music Preview 08 - Future music
Claire Sawers has her pick of forthcoming album releases
Limbering up well in advance for the run-up to Christmas (yes, it’s only September and we’ve already dropped the C-word), all manner of superstar acts are crawling out the woodwork to release long awaited albums. Oasis pave the way with their seventh studio album, Dig Out Your Soul (Big Brother, 6 Oct), followed by a parade of heavyweight acts who’ve been a bit quiet of late. Piano rockers Keane return with Perfect Symmetry (Island), on the same day as Kaiser Chiefs unveil third album, Off With Their Heads (Polydor, both 13 Oct). Dundee uni alumni Snow Patrol continue the stampede by big bucks artists with A Hundred Million Suns, (Polydor, 27 Oct), alongside The Killers, who follow up last year’s Sawdust with Day and Age (Mercury, 24 Nov).
And it’s not just the boys fighting to make their way into Christmas stockings. The original art-disco diva Grace Jones releases Hurricane (Wall of Sound, 27 Oct), her first album in 19 years, featuring Sly & Robbie production, on the same day as those round-bottomed lovelies Beyoncé (RCA) and Jennifer Lopez (Greatest Hits, Epic) unveil theirs. Brian Eno and Mick Fleetwood have lent a hand on Dido’s Safe Trip Home (Sony BMG, 3 Nov), the follow-up to her 10 million-selling Life For Rent, while experimental folk darling, Juana Molina, delivers more warm electronica with Un Dia (Domino, 6 Oct).
Sneak previews of the debut from School of Seven Bells, a trio of identical sisters and Secret Machines’ ex-guitarist, reveal what is shaping up to be a dreamy, celestial masterpiece, Alpinisms (Ghostly, 17 Nov) while fellow New Yorker Meredith Godreau, AKA Gregory & the Hawk, releases her floaty, understated lo-fi pop debut, Moenie & Kitchie, (FatCat, 13 Oct).
Elsewhere the beautifully quirky Psapp return with The Camel’s Back (Domino, 27 Oct) hopefully featuring more trademark squeaky toys, while Stockholm threesome Peter Bjorn and John, who brought 2006’s whistle-along ‘Young Folks’ return with Seaside Rock (Wichita, Nov), inspired by themes of ‘boredom and water’, and capturing the sound of a 70s childhood spent at Scandinavian seasides. In similarly esoteric style, there’s newies from wiggy drill & bass virtuoso Squarepusher, who shows up with Just a Souvenir (Warp, 27 Oct), while Atlanta, Georgia’s own Deerhunter,deliver Microcastle (4AD) at the end of October. Still not sure? Go safe then with Bob Dylan who is releasing more fresh material on Tell Tale Signs, volume eight of his ‘Bootleg Series’ (Columbia, 6 Oct).