Get Excited About… The rest of 2015 is set to serve up albums that have been anticipated for years

The rest of 2015 is set to serve up albums that have been anticipated for years

DIY preview the long-awaited returns and surprise comebacks that are looking due before the end of the year.

2015 so far hasn’t been short on surprise releases, long-awaited comebacks and sophomore albums from Brits on the rise. Kendrick Lamar released ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ a week early in March, Sleater-Kinney solidified their comeback with January’s ‘No Cities To Love’, and the likes of Joanna Gruesome, East India Youth and Drenge have taken the success of their debuts and ran. Some of the biggest acts in the world have also been stirring recently, making the second half of 2015 an impossibly exciting time to look ahead to, both in albums with tied down release dates and details, and those where little is known for sure but hints are starting to emerge.

DIY have tied together all the cryptic tweets, studio update posts and live YouTube recordings of the off-cycle bands that are wanted back by so many, and tried to see when they’ll return, and what it might sound like.

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Booking the Honeymoon

What felt like an almost immediate return after 2014’s ‘Ultraviolence’, information regarding Lana Del Rey’s third album started to emerge, drip by drip. At the very start of January, the title - ‘Honeymoon’ - was revealed, and since then it’s been announced that Mark Ronson has aided production duties for the record. Lyric booklets for the album’s title track were given to fans inside tour programmes for her current Endless Summer tour in the US. This week it was revealed that ‘Honeymoon’ is set to arrive in September, and if the current pattern is being followed, a trickle of information will continue to flow for the next four months.

Title: ‘Honeymoon’
Expected release: September
Tracks: ‘Honeymoon’, ‘Music To Watch Boys To’, ‘Life Is Beautiful’, ‘Don’t Let Me Misunderstood’ (Nina Simone cover)

James Blake’s eerie ‘Radio Silence’

James Blake has had a strange 2015. His main headline probably came in the form of a will-he-won’t-he situation with Frank Ocean on the 1-800 Dinosaur UK weekend run in April (he didn’t), but back in January, Blake potentially revealed the title of his forthcoming third album during a Radio 1 Residency. When his co-host, 1-800 Dinosaur member Dan Foat, asked if he should reveal the new album’s title to “give some actual facts to those blogs that keep writing rubbish”, Blake replied that the album will be called ‘Radio Silence’. The follow-up to the Mercury-winning ‘Overgrown’ is definitely due, and Blake is touring heavily this summer, but given his recent penchant for less-than-seriousness, and with no new material debuted live, take a handful of salt along with excitement for this one.

Title
: (potentially) ‘Radio Silence’
Expected release: TBA
Tracks: TBA

Total Wine Forever

Foals, being Foals, revealed this month that they drank over a hundred bottles of wine during recording sessions for their new album in the south of France. After disappearing post-Bestival headline slot at the tail end of last year, the band have announced a few sporadic festival dates over this summer, but this is the first concrete information revealing the way things might be heading for LP4. According to Yannis Phillipakis, it’s going to be “heavier and poppier”, taking the experimentation of Holy Fire cuts ‘Inhaler’ (for the former) and ‘My Number’ (the latter) to even further extremes. It’ll take until these festival dates - starting in Scandinavia in early July - to potentially hear anything born from the French sessions, but Foals + heavier + poppier + 130 bottles of Ardeche wine is hard to not be excited about.

Title: TBA
Expected release: 2015
Tracks: TBA

Future Visions

In a week of revelations regarding some of the most anticipated albums in 2015, Grimes spontaneously revealed a number of details regarding the long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s ‘Visions’ on Twitter, revealing some intricate plans for single releases yet no indication what changes in sound to expect. The only thing the Canadian revealed was that it’ll be “different”, with latest track ‘Realiti’ seemingly offering no signs of where the LP is heading sonically.

Title: TBA
Expected release: October
Tracks: TBA

Ella Ella Ella, Hey

Ella Yelich-O’Connor aka Lorde has been largely quiet for the past year, carving out the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Pure Heroine’ at home in New Zealand. The little information that has been received about the new album so many crave has been infrequent, but a new message posted on her Tumblr page earlier this month gave the most detailed insight into how LP2 is progressing, with Lorde saying she feels “much calmer, more comfortable in my love of doing this, and its apparent love of me, this time around”. ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’, her track from her self-curated ‘Hunger Games’ soundtrack, is the only post-‘Pure Heroine’ material to date, but with the undying love she clearly has for her music and that of others, LP2 can’t be far away, and will be nothing if not passionate.

Title: TBA
Expected release: TBA
Tracks: TBA

Brand New Brand New

The eternal wait for something new from Jesse Lacey and co. had proved fruitless for years since 2009’s ‘Daisy’. Two UK tours came and went in 2012 and 2014 with not a sniff of something new to play, until at a show in Denver in April the band debuted a track, thought to be titled ‘Don’t Feel Anything’. Within weeks, the track was online, actually titled ‘Mene’, and is a blast that fits in elements of all of the band’s four, very different full-lengths. Another new track, ‘Sealed To Me’, has also been performed live and a lyric sheet given to fans at the merch desk but it’s not clear where the new song will sit, and if the ‘Mene’ single is a pre-cursor to an upcoming, larger body of work. It’s likely to be enough for the devoted thousands who have waited for a whisper for over six years for now though, and the likelihood of more to come is increasing.

Title: TBA
Expected release: TBA
Tracks: TBA

Science/Albums

The tour for ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ seemed never-ending, and took Chvrches and those twelve pop songs to every corner of the world. Some downtime when they finally hit home was therefore inevitable, but it hasn’t taken long for whispers of album two to surface, with statements coming from the band and elsewhere. In February, the band said the new songs were coming along “very nicely”, and in the same month Martin Doherty told DIY that a lot of writing had been done on their long stretches on the road. No songs from the recording sessions have slipped through the net yet, but the band have been vocal about the new album’s progress, and new Chvrches should be in the world by the end of 2015.

Title: TBA
Expected release: 2015
Tracks: TBA

First day of recording finalised vocal parts for a song on album two...

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‘Boys…’ Come July

Bristol, Manchester and London thought they were going to exclusively hear tracks from Frank Ocean’s new album - thought to be titled ‘Boy’s Don’t Cry’ and out in July - as part of a 1-800 Dinosaur’s UK roadtrip in April. It wasn’t to be (the London date never even materialised) and therefore fans waiting for ‘channel ORANGE”s follow-up still have to make do with a potential album title and the news that it is likely to be accompanied by the release of a publication at the same time. Collaborator Christophe Chassol has also revealed that Ocean has been recording for the album at London’s legendary Abbey Road studios, hinting that whatever is to come in July looks to be set on the grandest of scales.

Title: ‘Boys Don’t Cry’
Expected release: July
Tracks: TBA

Days Are Returning

The ‘Days Are Gone’ tour warranted a lengthy spell out of the spotlight due to its length and intensity, and that’s exactly what Danielle, Alana and Este have taken since the album campaign wound down last summer, only poking their heads above water to appear at award ceremonies with new best friend Taylor Swift and play a benefit night in Los Angeles for a late friend of the band in April (where no new material was aired). A cryptic tweet was posted in January though that hinted at a possible return to the studio, and new material may surface when the band open for Swift on select North American dates of her ‘1989’ world tour. It might be the end of 2015 before anything is tied down in terms of HAIM’s next steps, but that idea in itself is enough excitement to go around.

Title: TBA
Expected release: TBA
Tracks: TBA

Never Settling

It was surprisingly soon after Disclosure’s debut album tour calmed down and gave the Lawrence brothers some time off that they returned with ‘Bang That’, the first material to be taken from their upcoming second full-length. That track was then remarkably quickly followed by first-single-proper, ‘Holding On’, which features Gregory Porter. The unexpected one-two has suddenly thrust the duo into album two’s build-up, a record they say is “nearly done”. ‘White Noise’ et al are still ringing in everyone’s ears yet the boys are back to rule worldwide dancefloors and festivals again sooner than we thought.

Title: TBA
Expected release: 2015
Tracks: ‘Holding On’, ‘Bang That’

For Emma, Once Again

We thought this would never happen. Many, many Bon Iver fans believed Justin Vernon when he said he may never make another album under this moniker after 2011’s self-titled effort. As expected, nothing was heard from him or the Bon Iver camp when that album’s tour wrapped up, and it’s only in the past six months that whispers have begun to emerge. The first indication that there is still life in Bon Iver came with the announcement of Vernon and Aaron Dessner of The National’s new festival, Eaux Claires, to be held in Wisconsin in July, where the band will play live for the first time since 2012, and Justin has now himself confirmed that ‘Bon Iver is back’. The festival performance this summer is, indeed, starting a new cycle of the band, as Vernon revealed in a recent radio interview. The form that any potential new material will take, when it will arrive, or even if it will end up arriving at all, is completely unknown, but even the potential of Bon Iver mk. 3 is more than enough for now.

Title: TBA
Expected release: TBA
Tracks: TBA