The best thing about 2017 should be music
If you’re going to go through life, you might as well take music along with you. No matter your mood, music’s got your back, baby. 2017 is the year of hope. We’re already in the first week of the year, and if you’ve been catching the scent, things are looking pretty good. At least, for now. Fingers crossed, the stars will align and with the help of albums that some of our favorite stars in the industry are dropping this year, you will make it through unscathed.
Here are the most awaited albums to drop in 2017. Which ones are you impatient to grab?
The Flaming Lips
Polish for “eyes of the young”, Oczy Mlody will be The Flaming Lips’ 15th studio album. Frontman Wayne Coyne worked with pop star Miley Cyrus for her free-to-download album in 2015 called Miley And Her Dead Petz and according to him, this has helped channel his energy to more creative processes. The band is known to transform like psychedelic chameleons on acid with their work, and we are seriously looking forward to another artistic album from them. Coyne said: “We’re always playing with sh*t. It would be dreadfully boring for us to still be making records playing acoustic guitars and pianos all the time.”
Run The Jewels
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Since forming in 2013, there is no stopping this rap duo – El-P and Killer Mike. “Run The Jewels is a kind of newborn child for us. Every time we do one of these records, the kid grows up a little bit and has more to say.” After 2016’s divisive politics, it was Run The Jewels that brought their “dope-ass rap music” to the masses. “We can provide some music and some swagger in the face of doom.”
Just around Valentine’s Day, you need someone who is going to feel the journey with you. Having just been divorced from This Is Us star Mandy Moore, this man has a lot to sing about. Says Ryan: “I’m taking all the cool, big questions I’m asking on this record, then flipping it over, and then flipping it back to Side-A and you still have more questions…I’m relatively a convoluted soul creatively. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I think the challenge for me – the Everest peak, for sure – is to tell this story in songs, to tell this part of my life in songs.”
Love And War
Since his debut in 1999, Brad has been on a roll. But he says that once he found fame, his record label just wanted to go with the formula again and again. This has been the streak for three albums, but now he is taking a detour and doing something different. As an artist, it’s really the only way to grow. “You know it’s time to go away from that [making similar albums] when the reviews are like, ‘Well, he’s doing the same thing again'”. For his 11th studio LP, he’s going to “throw a wench in it. It’s really empowering. I’m beyond excited for it to come out.
When Furtado was working on her 6th studio album, she went through what felt like a divorce, in her own words, when she pulled out of a 20-year business relationship. “But that very same day I sat at the piano and wrote the best song I’d written in a long time.” Since her business divorce, she has travelled to multiple locations – including Kenya, Chile, Nashville and Dallas, where she teamed up with Grammy Award-winning producer, John Congleton, who she also says pushed her to become more poetic than ever.
After winning the Icon Award from Billboard Women In Music 2016, one of pop’s biggest stars is set to come out with a new album this year! “I’m so overdue. I feel like I just need to keep making albums now.” Her ex-husband, Matt Lange who produced her previous hit albums Up! and Come On Over, will no longer be around of course, but the country superstar is confident about her upcoming album. “By the end, I felt like I had climbed a huge mountain and was standing on top of it, looking God in the eye, and saying, ‘I’m here! What do I gotta do next?'”
Art-rock extraordinaire, St. Vincent has really contributed her talent selflessly to the industry. “I think it’ll be the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done. I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and the risk will be rewarded.”
Is it a coincidence or has it been planned that Depeche Mode would release an album every four years? Guitarist Martin Gore thinks otherwise. “It looks as if we planned it that way, but we really didn’t. I actually think it’s a nice healthy length of time, though. In the ’80s we were putting out albums pretty much every year – and you can’t keep up that pace, on all kinds of levels. The songs [for their upcoming album] were written before Brexit and Trump happened, but there were a lot of hints the world was in a mess before that. And I think it’s very fitting with the times.”
The trio of sisters – Danielle, Este and Alana Haim have been busy since their debut album, Days Are Gone was produced by Roc Nation. They’ve toured with Taylor Swift, collaborated with the likes of Calvin Harris and basically dominated the charts. For this one, they went back to their roots, re-grouping in their childhood home. “We’re super excited for our next chapter, to just tour our hearts out and really hit the ground running in 2017.”
The former One Direction member is ready to make his solo debut. He says he grew up listening to the folksy rock acts like Fleetwood Mac, Stills and Nash and Crosby. For his new album, he says: “Some of the songs are heavier than others…I found it interesting to watch those [session musicians] do it. We played around a lot with percussion stuff to build up the songs so there were a lot of things going on.”
2016 was a fantastic year for the Grammy nominated country singer. And she’s not letting her debut album, The First Time put a hold on her future work. It was around this time that she was also dating Australian country artist Morgan Evans, so expect her album to be more autobiographical. “It’ll be bolder and more me. I think it’s going to be one-third breakup record, one-third growing up record and a third falling-in-love record. It’s about the last two years of my life.”
They literally dominated 2016 with their break-out single, Closer featuring pop rebel princess Halsey. Singer Drew Taggart says of the upcoming album, probably one of the most anticipated ones of the year: “We write a lot about friendships and romantic relationships. We’re honing in on a style that’s ours, and we want to make 10-12 songs like that.” Alex Pall adds: “We want to give people more of a clear vision of who we are.”