My 2018 Tips

Years & Years’ come­back, The 1975’s next move, Chris­tine And The Queens’ sec­ond… LAURA SNAPES as­sesses what’s in store.

Q (UK) - - 2018 New Music Avalanche -

Ithink 2018’ s go­ing to be an odd one: lots of sur­prise re­leases and artists aban­don­ing con­ven­tional al­bums. But proper al­bums that I’ve heard with my ac­tual ears in­clude Open Here, Field Mu­sic’s sev­enth, which im­bues their bu­colic prog with very au courant ag­i­ta­tion. The Two Worlds, the sec­ond al­bum by Ir­ish song­writer Brigid Mae Power, is full of min­i­mal­ist dron­ing bal­lads laced with de­fi­ance – ideal for fans of Sharon Van Et­ten circa Epic. I grew up with Red River Di­alect, a Cor­nish folk out­fit who have par­layed years of DIY re­leases into sign­ing with ex­cel­lent North Carolina la­bel Par­adise Of Bach­e­lors for new al­bum Bro­ken Stay Open Sky. They’re a great fit, shar­ing DNA with early POB bands such as Hiss Golden Mes­sen­ger. I also love the new record by Leeds’ Hook­worms, which sees them aban­don mushy psych for a more eu­phoric, emo­tion­ally open sound. In the “def­i­nitely hap­pen­ing” pile, my most an­tic­i­pated al­bum of 2018 has to be Héloïse Letissier’s promised “horny” fol­low-up to Chris­tine And The Queens’ sub­lime de­but. I also can’t wait for the new Years & Years record, es­pe­cially since hear­ing that they’ve worked with the Pet Shop Boys. I’m hop­ing that Alice Glass’s solo de­but will still come out now her for­mer Crys­tal Cas­tles band­mate and al­leged abuser is su­ing her for defama­tion. And Ma­bel – who spent 2017 creep­ing up the Top 40 with Fin­ders Keep­ers – should re­lease her de­but proper. And in fan­tasy land? A new Robyn

al­bum? EP? Sin­gle? IV drip feed? From In­sta­gram it looks like she’s do­ing some­thing with Metron­omy’s Joe Mount. What­ever you’ve got, Robyn, I’ll take it. Matty Healy seems to change his mind daily on whether the new The 1975 thing is an EP or an al­bum or if it’s even a 1975 re­lease, but what­ever: more neu­rotic neon-pop, please. Carly Rae Jepsen will surely re­lease another class A pop al­bum that no­body will buy and crit­ics will cry about. And at the de­fi­antly un­poppy end of the scale, it must be time for a new Bill Cal­la­han al­bum. All those 2017 gigs and not a sin­gle new song. He’s hid­ing some­thing.

“My most an­tic­i­pated al­bum of 2018 has to be Héloïse Letissier’s ‘horny’ fol­low-up to Chris­tine And The Queens’ sub­lime de­but.”

Feel­ing “horny”: Chris­tine And The Queens’ Héloise Letissier.

Wish­ful think­ing: are The 1975 set for a 2018 re­turn?

Years & Years: writ­ing with Pet Shop Boys.

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