– featured image courtesy of minimally minimal –
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.
rhye – 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 – 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 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)