most anticipated albums of 2018

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as 2017 draws to a close, we naturally shift our focus to 2018 and the bevy of albums slated to be released throughout the year.  admittedly, the following list largely focuses on albums due out in the first quarter, with a couple of pipe dreams sprinkled in.  for those still trying to soak up as much of 2017 as possible, check out our favorite releases of the year here.  for those looking to forge ahead, read on.  links to pre-order are embedded if available.

rhyerhye – blood (february 2nd || loma vista)

three strong singles have thus far precluded rhye’s long-awaited sophomore full-length.  after returning this summer with “please,” rhye closed out 2017 with the supple one-two punch of “taste” and “count to five.”  if the samplings and album art are any indication, mike milosh’s work remains as intimate and sensual as ever.

 

Hovvdy Cranberryhovvdy – cranberry (february 9th || double double whammy)

austin duo hovvdy released one of 2016’s most enduring – and endearing – albums in taster.  cranberry, their first since signing to the venerable double double whammy, seems poised to flesh out the warm, lived-in aura that permeates their disarmingly honest work.  case in point: lead single “petal” drips with nostalgia, its assured pace gently giving way to tender falsetto.

 

quiet friendquiet friend – quiet friend (march 9th || elestial sound)

after years of releasing music by himself under the moniker mister lies, nick zanca has shifted into collaborative mode to build quiet friend with steven rogers.  the duo, along with a rotating cast of other contributors, sculpt an audiophile’s dreamscape; lead single “safe” is a whirlwind, but is also just a hint of what quiet friend have in store throughout their self-titled debut.

– other notable releases – 

a grave with no name – passover (january 19th || forged artifacts)

nadine – oh my (january 26th || father/daughter)

triathalon – online (february 16th || broken circles)

s. carey – hundred acres (february 23rd || jagjaguwar)

lucy dacus – historian (march 2nd || matador)

half waif – lavender (tbd || cascine)

helena deland – tba (tbd || luminelle)

ness nite – dream girl (tbd || pow recordings)

pat moon – tba (tbd || track & field)

yours are the only ears – tba (tbd || team love)

 

forth wanderers – “know better”

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forth wanderers have an unassuming charm and such a degree of relatability that it remains little wonder why their music has already spread to millions of people.  the members of the montclair, new jersey quintet are gearing up for a november 11th release of their latest ep, slop, via the label tag-team of house anxiety / marathon artists across the pond and the inimitable father/daughter records stateside; after dangling the ep’s title track in front of listeners in august, forth wanderers return today with a second single, “know better.”

again built around the tandem of ava trilling’s voice and ben guteri’s guitar, “know better” is an angular cut laden with catchy hooks to help mask the pain and confusion that accompanies past mistakes, along with any residual fallout.  trilling’s lead vocal is particularly biting in certain instances, perhaps no more so than when she deliver’s the song’s mantra: “i can’t be this naïve anymore.”  like other forth wanderers material, this song’s combination of immediacy and poignancy is striking; take a listen to “know better” below.

forth wanderers – “slop”

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a quintet of pals from montclair, new jersey make music together as forth wanderers, a homegrown affair that blossomed easily from bedroom to stage thanks to an unexpectedly strong and rewarding songwriting partnership.  ava trilling and ben guteri laid the foundation that 2013’s mahogany ep was built atop of and continued construction on the band’s debut full-length, tough love, the following year.  now, forth wanderers have regrouped for slop, a new ep due november 11th via house anxiety and father/daughter records.

the four-song collection ebbs and flows sonically – as most eps are wont to do – but the ear gravitates towards trilling’s lyrics, which navigate the spectra of optimism and gloom with equal aplomb.  trilling gives a masterclass in the latter category on the ep’s title track; “slop” sways easily in compound meter, a guitar lead tracing each pair of triplets as trilling turns in poignant lines like “i dreamt last night you were mouthing my name / under blue skies” that underscore the track’s heartbreaking mantra: “i love too much / to hurt this bad.”

a sobering dose of auditory medicine to start the week, indeed.  listen to “slop” below.