2015 is set to be a year we hear from a bunch of creative heavy-hitters. Last year was largely dominated by quiet contemplative records, this year I think will be full of big-time records. So here are our 10 most anticipated records of 2015.
10. Father John Misty
Father John Misty, aka Joshua Tillman, is a modern master of musical satire, a lost art these days. His debut of “Bored in the USA” on Letterman, which takes modern capitalist quasi-religious America to task, gets us super excited for his new album, I Love You Honeybear, out in February .
9. My Morning Jacket
A longtime LxL favorite, My Morning Jacket is set to release their seventh studio album, and more importantly, it means a tour for one of the most electric live bands on the planet.
Thom Yorke and Radiohead has been creating afro-infused electronic music for the last few albums, but it seems like Yorke reinvents himself and the band every four or five years. We hope to hear an all-new Radiohead in 2015.
Grimes postponed her 2014 album for a very surprising reason. On the verge of a huge pop breakthrough, Grimes must have reached down into herself and released these new radio-friendly songs weren’t what she wanted to make, and scrapped the album altogether. She is expected to return this year with an entirely new album, a bold move for such a young artist.
6. Twin Shadow
Like Grimes, George Lewis Jr, aka Twin Shadow, was set to release the followup to his fantastic 2012 Confess last year, but his album and tour both were postponed for personal reasons. While we had to wait longer, we still can’t wait to hear what Twin shadow has next.
5. Sufjan Stevens
A week ago, Sufjan Stevens announced his first non-Christmas album in five years, since the inventive masterpiece Age of Adz. His latest, Carrie & Lowell, is named after his mom and stepdad, again has Sufjan covering a specific subject, but as usual, I’m sure the new album will speak to larger issues in profound ways.
4. Mark Ronson
“Uptown Funk” was one of our 20 favorite songs in 2014, and even had us pondering, what would it be like if Bruno Mars was given an entire album of good songs? With Stevie Wonder, Kevin Parker of Tame Impala and more on tab, Uptown Special is set up to be an album of nostalgic bliss.
3. Kendrick Lamar
This may be the year Kendrick takes the throne as best rapper in the game. While Kanye is still at the top of the game, Kendrick’s gift of flow and profound lyrics may make him the best in the game, especially if the rest of his new album is as good as “i” and the untitled track he debuted on The Colbert Report.
2. Kanye West
Kanye has been quietly hosting listening parties for his new album since late 2014, but we still don’t have the details yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if we got a surprise release sometime in the first half of the year like Beyonce and D’Angelo’s last albums.
1. Modest Mouse
It’s been eight long years since Modest Mouse’s last proper studio album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, and if “Lampshades of Fire” is an indicator, their new album Strangers to Ourselves, should be a return to the barking, vicious Modest Mouse of old.
Wes – Frank Ocean
Few debuts show as much pure promise and songwriting talent as Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange. I expect his follow up to reach the same or greater heights.
Todd – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
The psych-pop trio has released two great records already, Todd is expecting a third.
Austin – Run the Jewels
Two years. two hip hop classics. Here’s to seeing if El-P and Killer Mike can cement themselves as one of the best super groups of all time.