New Releases Scheduled for 2017

With 2016 in the past and 2017 freshly here, it’s time to ask the important questions, like what records will be on our want lists, which releases will be delayed, and when will that new Gorillaz album come out. Rather than review a record this week, I wanted to write about some fabled releases that I’m excited for in 2017–national and local.

First on the list is the aforementioned Gorillaz. Originially slated for 2016, the virtual band that has given us ear worm after ear worm for the past 20 or so years has delayed the release, claiming the record is special. Rumors have been circulating that the album will feature: De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Vic Mensa, and several other legendary artists. It also promises to be upbeat–the  band has set a 125 bpm benchmark, so look out 2017 Gorillaz are (theoretically) back.

Another anticipated release is from the avant garde popstar, St Vincent. Written to engage with global politics, the album is promised to be one of Annie Clark’s deepest and boldest records to date. This is quite a claim when looking at the guitarist’s back catalogue. An album by one of the most talented musicians making music today is what the political sphere just might need in the terrible situation we’ve found ourselves in.

Scheduled for a release on my sister’s birthday (February 24th), King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard‘s Flying Microtonal Banana promises to continue the band’s explorationin fuzzed over garage pop. Coming off Nonagon Infinity, the band’s first single from the new album is repetitive, weird, and oddly reverent. Like a trip through addled forests, “Rattlesnake” sets the bar high for this new release.

And the local scene will see some great releases as well. One of those is Drugs & Attics. The trio’s music is clever and fun without losing its tension. Every track the band has put out is full of feeling and will use its distorted drive to worm its way right into your heart. The guys in Drugs & Attics do their damnedest to write songs that will continue to give after the strings have stopped vibrating, after the cymbals have washed away, and after the words have been said.

Another band whose record is scheduled for 2017 is Arc Flash. The LFK duo blends conventional pop structures in unconventional ways to create music that has all the hook of dance hall pop without merely retreading the past. Bouncing between pedal-fueled walls of sound and minimally orchestrated interludes, Arc Flash gives its listeners the best of both worlds. Wherever your aesthetics land, Arc Flash will have at least a song for you. To say I’m excited for this release is definitely an understatement.

While this is not an exhaustive list of releases that will tickle my fancy, it is a start. Be sure to check out these and all the others that will grace the shelves at Mills Record Company.

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