No matter what the weatherman tells us or how the calendar reads, summer is just around the corner...we can feel it in our souls. Since the actual weather forecast seems to be somewhat of a roulette wheel, we decided to focus on some more trustworthy predictions, our most highly anticipated albums of the summer of 2014.
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband - 5.13 - Loma Vista Recordings
The Swedish group slapped us in the face with the album's first single "Klapp Klapp" and splashed us with the cool water of "Paris", and now we're awake and well aware that Nabuma Rubberband
will be one of this summer's funkiest party jammers.
Kishi Bashi - Lighght - 5.13 - Joyful Noise
After hearing it in its entirety via NPR
, we're beginning to think violin/looping virtuoso Kishi Bashi's follow-up to 151a
might be one of our favorite albums of the year. It's vibrantly refreshing and something that we'll be using as an auditory anesthetic for quite some time.
The Roots - ...And Then You Shot Your Cousin - 5.19 - Def Jam
The Roots introduced us to their forthcoming bleakly titled concept album, ...And Then You Shot Your Cousin
with the beautiful and heart-wrenching single "When The People Cheer" and followed it with the upbeat soul of "Tomorrow"...The stories of these new characters are going to take us on an emotional rollercoaster.
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There - 5.27 - Jagjaguwar
Sharon Van Etten's career has been an absolute pleasure to watch unfold. The polite, introverted bedroom poet we first met five years ago has found her footing one album at a time. And if the first two singles from her new album Are We There
are any indication, this new batch of sultry songwriting might just sweep us off of ours when it's released on May 27th.
Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like a Bell - 5.27 - OWSLA
The Florida group's second LP to be released on Skrillex's OWSLA imprint looks to be as whimsical and mystifying as their last. They have such a profound and alluring sound that bizarrely reminds me of night swimming...
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Run - 6.2 - Self-Release
Alec Ounsworth, the howl behind Philly-based CYHSY, is set to release the original 'blog rock' group's fourth full-length LP next month. According to its first single featuring The National's Matt Berninger, we have reason to believe Only Run
will be the perfect soundtrack to a very angsty summer.
Fucked Up - Glass Boys - 6.3 - Matador
How the hell does Fucked Up follow-up their epic rock opera David Comes to Life
? In all honesty, as long as their new album Glass Boys
upholds their riotous live performances, I really doubt anyone will fret. The album's first single "Paper the House" comes with a retro punky melody and a pretty infectious hook.
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal - 6.3 - Whats Your Rupture?/Mom+Pop
So far we've heard two sides to Sunbathing Animal
in the raucous title track and recently revealed, more mildly tempered second single "Black and White". We can only hope that the album continues this rugged flow of an amphetamine-induced cardiac reading.
Jack White - Lazaretto - 6.10 - Third Man Records
Everything out of Jack White comes with theatrical flair in a blue hue and he's showing no signs of letting up on his forthcoming, second solo LP, Lazaretto
. Although the album's title track
is a bit quirkier than his apocalyptic blues as it possesses a bit of a hip-hop flow, its instrumental track "High Ball Stepper" packs the heat we're looking for...
Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour - 6.17 - Capitol Records
The kid shot to superstardom in a matter of minutes after his unique voice appeared on Disclosure's "Latch", and now the world anxiously awaits his own debut LP. There's no doubt that Sam Smith will offer us multiple make-out jams for the summer of 2014...
Big Freedia - Just Be Free - 6.17 - Queen Diva Music
If you're looking to skip the make-out sesh driven by the aforementioned Sam Smith and you'd prefer to get right down to the nitty gritty business, we thing you'll find just what you need with Big Freedia's latest gift to New Orleans bounce lovers Just Be Free
. The Queen Diva described the first single "Explode" as a perfect jam for a late-night twerk party...and we gotta agree...
The Kooks - Listen - 9.2 - Astralwerks
After recently releasing their new Down EP
with its R&B poppy title track, British five-piece The Kooks are set to release their fourth full-length Listen
this September. So far, we've only heard the choir-backed clappy jam "Around Town", but that was enough to have us salivating for more of their experimental pop twist-ups.
Banks - Goddess - 9.9 - Harvest Records
LA singer Banks is undoubtedly the most mysterious babe on the minds of the music world. Her slow-grind singles "Brain" and "Goddess" are as sultry as they come, and the R&B goodies sure-to-be offered on her debut full-length will pick up right where Sam Smith left us...