A Quick Forecast Of The Most Fire Albums You’re About To Hear In 2018
January is already off to a raucous start with the release of Tiny Little Houses debut album Idiot Proverbs. There’s a stack of hard evidence proving there’s even more incredible new music incoming from Australia’s biggest artists. Suss the below and standby.
DZ Deathrays – Bloody Lovely
Thrash party duo DZ Deathrays electrify everything they touch, and it’s going to be no different when their hugely anticipated third album drops on February 2. Following on from 2014’s blissfully loud Black Rat, Bloody Lovely (named so because “it’s brutal and beautiful, and super Aussie” according to singer/guitarist Shane Parsons), takes all the heavy grit and yearning melodies the band has become known for and kicks it into top gear.
Vance Joy – Nation Of Two
Vance Joy blew us away with his shatteringly beautiful debut album dream your life away in 2014 and now he’s about to do it again with the keenly awaited follow up Nation Of Two. Featuring singles ‘Lay It On Me’, ‘Like Gold’ and the just released ‘We’re Going Home’, this new collection shows the Melbourne songwriter delving deep into all sorts of love. Vance Joy is set to start melting our hearts with his honey sweet voice from Febraury 23.
Kylie Minogue – Golden
That’s right – the queen of pop is finally going to pull us back on the dancefloor with the release of her first new album since 2015’s Kylie Christmas. The first single is slated to drop very soon and while everything seems to be a bit of a mystery, you can be sure that any release from this international icon will be equal parts innovative, positive and ridiculously catchy.
The Rubens – TBC
The Rubens released a tantaslising first taste of their anticipated third album late last year with bouncing single ‘Million Man’, instantly drawing us in with joyous vocals and spontaneous arrangements. Now we won’t have to wait too much longer to hear the new album, which was recorded in a World War II communications bunker on Sydney’s outskirts before taken to NYC to work with producers from Run The Jewels. This week The Rubens revealed exclusive insight into the making of the single – suss the video in full here.
Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love
Soaring New Zealand songwriter Marlon Williams is set to release his second album Make Way For Love this February 16. Following on from 2015’s self-titled debut, this new collection sees Williams’ songcraft and voice reach new heights, over a cinematic and wholly original soundscape. The break up record plucks at the heart strings, even featuring a duet with ex-girlfriend Aldous Harding. Catch it live for the v first time when Marlon tours Australia in May.
Specials mentions to the below legends who have been pretty coy but we know they’re cooking up something real special.
Middle Kids – TBC
Sydney indie-rockers Middle Kids dazzled us with their debut EP last year, combining sweet melodies with youthful yearning and jangly guitars. The three piece have been busy hitting the festival circuit but luckily they’ve still found the time to put together their debut album, which is sure to get stuck in our heads when it drops later this year.
DMA’S – TBC
DMA’S have had our hearts since their magnificent debut Hills End in 2016, so it’s safe to say we’re already feeling the palpitations with the announcement of a new album on the way this year. Carrying us on a bed of soothing and sad guitar pop with lashings of gritty brit-pop, the Sydney trio have been busy touring the world but thankfully still found time to hit the studio. ‘Dawning’ is the first taste of the band’s new material, putting our heads in a whirl with a mesmerising mix of dark lyrics and uplifting melodies.
Jack River – TBC
Sparkly songstress Jack River has had us under her spell since her fantastic debut EP Highway Songs No. 2, and with the stream of blissful pop hits she’s been putting out ever since, we can’t wait to finally hear the debut album. Featuring the shimmering psych-pop of ‘Fools Gold’ and ‘Fault Line’, the album is set to shatter our hearts with introspection and huge synthscapes. This is pop that actually feels something.
City Calm Down – TBC
Melbourne post-punks City Calm Down were dropping hints at their eagerly awaited second album all last year, with the release of three striking singles ‘In This Modern Land’, ‘Blame’ and ‘Blood’. The band have continuously transformed since their debut album In A Restless House, surrounding their shoegazey riffs with lashings of brass and tremendous crescendos. Singer Jack Bourke’s haunting baritone voice still commands the helm, exploring endless moments of melancholic tension.
Fraser A. Gorman – TBC
Part rock n roll, part country, Melbourne singer-songwriter Fraser A. Gorman is set to release his second album later this year. Following on from his 2015 debut album Slow Gum, this new collection is bound to sweep us away with intricate storytelling and sweeping melodies.
Twenty-eighteen is sounding promising.