Today in New Album News

Today in New Album News

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Today's Releases And Album Announcements

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Today's Releases And Album Announcements

Text: Ian David Monroe

Earlier this year, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry declared Friday as the official worldwide album release day, effectively synching more than 45 countries. That probably doesn’t mean much to you, but it does explain why there’s lots of news today.

First things first, Grimes’s long-awaited album Art Angels is finally here. In V97, the singer spoke about the direction of the album saying, “I want to do the opposite of anything anyone ever thought Grimes was.” And it is. Where her debut Visions floated magically with syrupy ease, Art Angels is decidedly more daring, full of risks and dips into new genres. Need proof? Just listen to “Scream ft Aristophanes,” named so because of the unhinged screams that make up its chorus. Grimes, while still characteristically colorful, is not the naïve nymph you thought she was. This sophomore album is proof that to make a stellar follow-up you might have to make something completely different.

Or perhaps instead of new, one simply needs to reimagine. That’s what Bjork is doing with Vulnicura, which has now been covered, perhaps better described as remade, using only string instruments. The Icelandic singer has always had a knack for blending electronic elements with chordophone ones, so Vulnicura Strings should come as no surprise.

More albums released today come from England’s Ellie Goulding, who has steadily dominated radio waves lately, and Sweden’s indie-pop trio Kate Boy. Goulding’s Delirium hears her at her most mainstream yet, and includes production from Max Martin, the man who has more platinum records to his name than most dream of. Kate Boy, on the other hand, is still sitting snug in the indie music sphere, but to assume their debut album One is any less punchy would be misguided. Previous fan favorites like “Northern Lights,” “Higher,” “In Your Eyes,” and “The Way We Are” nestle nicely in the thumping 13-track LP.The final news of the day comes with the announcement of Coldplay’s forthcoming album A Head Full of Dreams, which boasts features from Beyonce, Tove Lo, and Noel Gallagher. Previously, Rihanna was the first and only featured vocalist on any of Coldplay’s six records.

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