Arts & Culture / Mosaic / April 15, 2015

2015: A Stunning Year for Album Releases

Graphic by Griffin Belzer/TKS

Graphic by Griffin Belzer/TKS

With so many artists releasing music, 2015 has already proven itself to be a great year for music. Here are 11 bands/artists who have been busy in the studio lately.

Passion Pit

Gaining massive popularity with synth-pop singles like “Take a Walk” and “Carried Away,” Michael Angelakos and his indietronica outfit are slated to release their third studio album, “Kindred,” in late April. So far, they’ve teased fans with the release of two tracks off the album, “Lifted Up (1985)” and “Where the Sky Hangs.” While the band’s latest effort has already proven to be a far cry from their “Sleepyhead” days, music listeners are already pre-ordering the album, eagerly awaiting its April 21 release date.

Purity Ring

The Canadian electronic/dream pop duo comprised of Megan James and Corin Roddick rocked their way into Spotify playlists everywhere with their 2012 album, “Shrines.” Their second studio album, “Another Eternity,” was released back in February of this year. With titles vaguely reminiscent of e.e. cummings poems, the songs off of the duo’s second effort contain many of the elements fans have grown to know and love.

Modest Mouse

A veteran indie rock act, Modest Mouse has been making music since the early 90s. After an eight year hiatus following their last effort, 2007’s “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank,” the band released its sixth album, “Strangers to Ourselves,” a mere week ago. Like their past efforts, their latest album has an impressively long track list (15 songs), proving to fans that the band’s prolificness has yet to waver, even after 22 years.

Tame Impala

Kevin Parker first debuted his psych rock project with the 2010 album “Innerspeaker.” His band has since gained international popularity with its critically-acclaimed 2012 effort “Lonerism.” Last January, the band announced that it is in the works of a follow-up to “Lonerism” entitled “Current.” While the details of the album’s release have yet to be confirmed, the band’s record label, Spinning Top Music, has assured fans that the album will be released sometime this year. But until then, fans can enjoy “Let It Happen,” eight minute-long single.

Best Coast

After showcasing their nostalgic jangle pop/surf rock with albums like “Crazy for You” (2010) and “The Only Place” (2012), the L.A.-based indie pop duo announced last May that they are in the works of their third album, entitled “California Nights.” While the album is slated for a May 2015 release date, fans can enjoy two tracks the band released earlier this year: “California Nights” and “Heaven Sent.”

Twenty One Pilots

A little over a week ago, the versatile indie pop/alternative hip hop duo from Columbus, Ohio announced that their fourth studio album, “Blurryface,” is set to release May 19th. Around the same time they announced their new album, they released a new single, “Fairly Local,” and its accompanying music video. The album will be a follow up to their popular 2013 effort “Vessel.”

Death Grips

Despite declaring their supposed disbanding last year, the genre-bending experimental hip hop group from Sacramento, California have since released new material and have announced their fourth project, a double album entitled “The Powers That B.” The group’s latest effort will be released in the upcoming week and heavily samples the vocals of Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk.

Björk

The aforementioned singer-songwriter released her ninth studio album, “Vulnicular,” last January. The Icelandic musician drew inspiration for the album from her breakup with American visual artist Matthew Barney. Although Björk has described “Vulnicular” as a more traditional album in terms of songwriting, the album contains experimental musical elements and is a collaborative effort with producers Arca and The Haxan Cloak.

Joywave

A relatively young act on the alternative music circuit, the five-piece indie rock band has been performing under the Joywave moniker since 2010. But after making its late night television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers last July, Joywave has been garnering attention and rising in popularity. The band’s sophomore effort, “How Do You Feel Now?,” is set to release April 21 and is a follow-up to their 2012 debut album, “Koda Vista.”

Sufjan Stevens

The eclectic indie folk singer-songwriter is set to release his seventh studio album, “Carrie & Lowell,” in the upcoming week. After dabbling in electronica with his 2010 album “Age of Adz,” Stevens’ latest effort is a return to his indie folk roots. Through the album’s 11 tracks, Stevens reflects on his childhood experiences and the early death of his mother, Carrie.

The Tallest Man on Earth

The ever-talented Swedish folk singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson (a.k.a. The Tallest Man on Earth) rose to worldwide stardom with his poetic lyricism and stylistically-distinct guitar-picking. His fourth album, “Dark Bird is Home,” is set to release in early May. Always a fan of the DIY ethic, Matsson traveled all over the world recording the album’s tracks in various studios and barns in order to maintain the album’s folksy, gritty charm.

Stefan Torralba

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