It hasn't even been two weeks of the new year and already, 2017 is shaping up to be an amazing year in music. Which is great - since President Obama's farewell speech last night made it very real that the Inauguration is right around the corner and we will need some music to get us through the rest of this winter. Some artists have released the dates of their upcoming albums but we're still patiently waiting on some big names to spill the beans (ahem, Gorillaz and Jay-Z). But to hold you over, here are five albums from some pretty incredible artists that will be released in the next few months.
Kehlani - SweetSexySavage (January 27th)
Bay Area R&B songstress, Kehlani, has released a string of singles over the past few months - CRZY Distraction and Advice - from her upcoming album SWEETSEXYSAVAGE. On Twitter, Kehlani said, "The name is supposed to challenge you. The name is supposed to make you question only to let you find your own answer," suggesting that the title of her album is to challenge the idea that women cannot be multi-layered. "But really it's me reclaiming myself. Me accepting myself. Good & bad." SWEETSEXYSAVAGE is Kehlani's second album and will kick off her world tour a few weeks after the album's release.
Sampha - Process (February 3rd)
Sampha voice has made appearances on big releases such as Frank Ocean's "visual album" Endless, Kanye West's "Saint Pablo", and Solange's A Seat at The Table and has collaborated with artists like Drake, FKA Twigs, and SBTRKT. But come February 3rd, Sampha will release his debut album, Process. The album will feature the previously released tracks "Blood On Me" and "Timmy's Prayer" as well as eight other songs that Sampha will bless us with. Process was self-produced with the help Rodiah McDonald, who is known for his work with The xx, Lapsley, and King Krule.
Surfer Blood - Snowdonia (February 3rd)
The Florida-natives are releasing another album, Snowdonia in a few weeks and it was written shortly after their guitarist, Thomas Feke, lost his battle with cancer last spring. This influenced the album to have darker themes, while still throwing in Surfer Blood's signature pop hooks. Snowdonia is the first album that's written and mixed entirely by lead singer, John Paul Pitts since Surfer Blood's 2010 debut album, Astro Coast, so we can expect to hear some sounds nostalgic of the beginning of Surfer Blood.
The Shins - Heartworms (March 10th)
It's been almost 5 years since The Shins released their last album, Port Of Morrow and we've been patiently waiting for more from the Portland indie-rockers. We finally have a release date for the upcoming album Heartworms: March 10th via Columbia Records. It's the first album entirely produced by The Shins frontman, James Mercer, since the release of their debut album Oh, Inverted World in 2001 so we can reminisce on the sound that made us fall in love with The Shins. They've shared three singles from the upcoming album - the spooky track, "Dead Alive", the bubbly tribute to Mercer's daughters, "Name For You", and the melancholy and eerie song, "Fear." One thing's for sure: March 10th can't come soon enough.
Spoon - Hot Thoughts (March 17th)
It took the Texan rockers more than four years to follow-up 2010s Transference with They Want My Soul and we were all hoping the next album would be released a little quicker. Well, good news - Spoon has floated the date March 17th to release Hot Thoughts and we're pretty excited. Neither the band nor the record label has confirmed the date, but during an interview, one Spoon band member blurted out "March 17th" when asked when the record will be out and frontman Britt Daniel interrupted, saying they don't know when it'll be released. But March 17th falls on the tail-end of SXSW, where Spoon will be performing. So it makes sense. Please let it be true.