While political chaos and paralysis, on top of insanely cold
weather, has made it a difficult month, January 2019 has delivered an unbelievable
welter of great new music, suggesting the real possibility of a vintage year
ahead for indie, hip-hop and rock.
First, the big news for indie fans was the announcement of
new albums from Vampire Weekend, who’ve
kept us waiting six years for their
fourth LP, which will be released at some point in the spring with the title Father Of The Bride. Two new tracks from
this 18-track double-album were dropped this month, ‘Harmony Hall’ and ‘2021’, showcasing an
interesting new take on the band we know and love from last time out,
particularly as keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij has parted ways since.
If that wasn’t enough, Foals
announced the existence of not one but two
new albums for 2019. They’ll both be titled Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, with the first coming on March 8th,
and they’ve announced a UK tour on top of new single ‘Exits’.
There’s also new solo albums coming from two members of Animal Collective, with
both Panda Bear and Avey Tare giving us new music in 2019.
British experimental artists These New
Puritans will return with their first album since 2013, titled Inside The Rose, and the indefatigable Sleaford Mods have also announced
another new record for this year, with the garishly titled ‘Kebab Spider’ being its
lead single. There’s also new albums from Pond,
Lizzo, Lucy Rose, Billie Eilish,
Ex Hex and Hozierto come in 2019.
On top of that, there’s been a ton of great new tunes this January from newcomers hoping to make their mark on 2019. Look out in our monthly playlist for songs by Public Practice, Hand Habits, PUP, Brooders and Venus among many others!
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Check out our highlights reel of the very best new music
released in January 2019 with our Spotify playlist!
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