My 2018 Tips
Years & Years’ comeback, The 1975’s next move, Christine And The Queens’ second… LAURA SNAPES assesses what’s in store.
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.