2017 is the year of unknowns.
2017 is the year of the whispered about album releases with no names. 2017 is the year that doesn’t even have working titles for upcoming albums from some of the biggest stars in the music industry. 2017 kicked off with the release of The xx’s heavily-anticipated new album, ‘I See You’, but is a year that contains within it huge numbers of albums with anticipation that threatens to eclipse the albums themselves. It’s a year in which we’re no longer hoping and dreaming for the new Frank Ocean/Kanye West/Bon Iver/The 1975/Beyoncé/James Blake/Blink 182/Drake/Radiohead album to finally come out. It’s a year of new, and sometimes carried over, anticipations. Here are the albums, in polled order, that the writers of The Founder’s music section are most looking forward to, with what we know about them so far.
Gorillaz – TBD
We’ve been waiting for it since their last album, 2010’s ‘The Fall’ and, apparently, they’ve been recording this one since 2015. Damon Albarn has stated that it will be quite different to his solo album, ‘Everyday Robots’ with more energy and speed. In an interview with website Exclaim, he said ‘I will try to set myself the benchmark of 125 bpm and nothing underneath that.’
Kanye West – Turbo Grafx 16
West has, in his own words, been ‘on some super nerd vibes’ and this is apparent in the name of West’s next album – a turbo grafx 16 being a home video game console released in the late 1980’s as a competitor for the Sega Genesis and the SNES. Details are contradictory and sparse, but most seem to agree that each track will be influenced by, or sample, a different video game.
MGMT – TBD
Having teased the new album for a 2016 release, MGMT apparently had to push back the release date, and will instead ‘re-dominate your mind hole in *2017.’ Details are otherwise few and far between, with Mac DeMarco amongst the potential collaborators.
The Shins – TBD
Our trusted source says the following: ‘I think the Shins are doing a new album, and they’re kinda dope.’ – Ned Sanders, occasional contributor
Royal Blood – TBD
Recorded, at least partially, in a makeshift studio in the back of their tour bus, Royal Blood released a trailer for the album in December.
Ed Sheeran – ÷ (out on March 3rd)
The only album with a concrete release date already, Ed’s already released two singles, and at the time of writing this, they hold the top two positions on the chart. Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ was originally written for the album, but given away because it wouldn’t have made it on to the album (suggesting the other songs are better perhaps?).
Honourable Mention (The ‘Will It Happen?’ Album):
The Arctic Monkeys – TBD
They’ve been spotted together in their hometown, striking up the rumour mill. Apparently, they’re just taking a break – but we can hope otherwise.