2019 has been a mess of uncertainty and political irresponsibility and
self-interest that’s both frightening and boring in equal measure, it’s been a
bumper month for music. Over the last five release dates, we’ve reviewed a
dozen albums that have been given the Best New Music ranking, from newcomers
like Stella Donnelly and Little Simz to more experienced hands
such as Amanda Palmer and Solange, not to mention the Karen O / Danger Mouse collaboration.
So it was
too with some of the brand new music we got during March, teasing albums coming
throughout the rest of 2019. Following up their previous chart-topping effort Sleep Well Beast less than two years after its release, the
ever-industrious The National revealed
their eighth album, titled I Am Easy To
Find, will be out on May 17th, unveiling an excellent new single
‘You Had Your Soul With You’ in the process. Also on the 4AD label, songwriter Pixx gave notice of a new album, while
eternally sunny yet melancholy indie act Local
Natives announced their fourth record.
While there’s no details of a full album, The Black Keys released their first single in half a decade, called ‘Lo/Hi’, this month, and indie mainstays Modest Mouse suggested we wouldn’t have to wait another eight years between albums, with a new track ‘Poison The Well’. The elusive Sky Ferreira suggested once again that a follow-up to her debut album, released way back in 2013, might finally drop with a new track ‘Downhill Lullaby’, and British R&B/rap star Loyle Carner revealed a much-anticipated second album Not Waving, But Drowning. Lizzo’s first album was announced a few months back, of course, but she grabbed headlines in March with an absolute banger titled ‘Tempo’ with none other than Missy Elliott. There were also awesome new tracks from Squid, WIVES, Fontaines D.C., Drahla, Deafheaven… and a certain Tame Impala.
On the old
bastards front, American indie veterans Sebadoh,
fronted by Dinosaur Jr. bassist Lou Barlow, announced their first album in six
years, while all-female punk legends L7 revealed
they had crowdfunded the resources to unleash their first record in an
incredible 20 years. After their seemingly one-off collaboration EP from 14
years ago, Calexico and Iron & Wine unveiled details of a
full album in 2019, and Sheffield legend Richard
Hawley announced his eighth studio album Further, coming in June! That will make the editor happy…
our playlist over at Spotify of all the best new music released
throughout March 2019!
Tags: Ed Biggs, March 2019
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