Be­cause you’ve waited long enough for new al­bums from these faves

Toronto Life - - Cul­ture -

HaIM Date TBA Three years af­ter Days Are Gone, Tay­lor Swift’s favourite band is fi­nally go­ing to drop a sec­ond al­bum. Este Haim has been promis­ing the new songs will “tap into our in­ner Kanye” since 2014, and the trio can­celled part of this year’s sum­mer tour to make a fall re­lease date. Touch, JulY talk Septem­ber 9 The Cana­dian al­ter­na­tive blues five­piece show a qui­eter side with their sopho­more al­bum. The spare, haunt­ing sin­gle “Strange Habit” has the band in a brood­ing mood, with min­i­mal­ist pi­ano back­ground­ing Leah Fey and Peter Dreima­nis’s breathy vo­cals. AIM, MIa Septem­ber 9 MIA has re­marked that her fifth stu­dio al­bum may also be her last. If so, she’s go­ing out swing­ing: tracks like “Go Off” and “Bor­ders” bluntly tackle the Syr­ian refugee cri­sis and other hot-but­ton is­sues through a unique fu­sion of hip hop, elec­tron­ica and global sounds. We Are the Hal­luci Na­tion, a trIBe called red Septem­ber 16 The elec­tronic trio fur­ther re­fine their “pow­wow-step” style, com­bin­ing tra­di­tional First Na­tions chants with rap-in­flected club beats. Look out for fea­tured guests Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Saul Wil­liams and Tanya Ta­gaq. Beck Oc­to­ber 21 If you pre­fer Party Beck, à la Ode­lay, to Sad Beck, à la Morn­ing Phase, then the new, as yet un­ti­tled al­bum is, well, where it’s at. Thump­ing, funky sin­gles “Dreams” and “Wow” are set­ting the stage for a record that’s sure to get feet shuf­fling and butts groov­ing.

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