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Music advice for the upcoming season: Fall albums to look forward to

By ALEX HUROWITZ | September 20, 2012

This summer has been great for music with releases like Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, the Dirty Projectors’ Swing Lo Magellan, Jessie Ware’s Devotion, Passion Pit’s Gossamer, and Purity Rings’ Shrines. But now, with summer at an end, the fall is here with even more releases. Just these past two weeks, The xx and Animal Collective have released their new albums Coexist and Centipede Hz, respectively. What else does the fall have in store?

Grizzly Bear—Shields: Sept. 8: The Brooklyn based indie folk band Grizzly Bear are following up the critically acclaimed 2009 album Veckatimest with Shields. Based on the reveal single “Sleeping Ute,” and official single “Yet Again,” Grizzly Bear are yet again making some very solid music. The songs have a brighter sound and feel, with a more positive ambiance compared to the material from Veckatimest.

G.O.O.D. Music — Cruel Summer: Sept. 18: The new and upcoming music compilation from Kanye West’s music label. Featured musical guests include Jay Z, R. Kelly, Ghostface Killah, John Legend, Pusha-T, 2 Chainz, Kid Cudi, Big Sean and many more. I highly recommend listening to the just released single, “Clique,” featuring Jay Z and Big Sean.

Flying Lotus—Until The Quiet Comes: Oct.  2: The upcoming album from the neo-jazz experimental electronic producer Flying Lotus. Guest spots on the album include Thom Yorke, Johnny Greenwood, Erykah Badu and Thundercat. A single, “See Thru to U,” featuring Erykah Badu, was released back in August and shows a very krautrock influenced sound, reminiscent of the band Can. It’ll be interesting to see what the genre-defying artists comes up with in October.

Tame Impala — Lonerism: Oct. 6: The psychedelic rockers from Perth, Australia are following up the critically acclaimed 2010 album Innerspeaker with Lonerism. The mastermind behind the band, Kevin Parker, has described the album to be more pop-inspired. The reveal single, “Apocalypse Dreams,” is a psychedelic progressive pop song sculpted by synths. The officially released single, “Elephant,” is a simple bluesy song that breaks down into an epic guitar jam.

Kendrick Lamar—good kid, m.A.A.d. City: Oct.  22: The upcoming album from Black Hippy member; a major label debut. So far, two singles have been released: “The Recipe” featuring Dr. Dre, and “Swimming Pools (Drank).” I definitely recommend checking out those two tracks to see what is in store for the album. It is only a matter of time until Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and ScHoolboy Q) release an album as a collective. Nothing has been confirmed, but until then we have good kid, m.A.A.d. City to look forward to.

Ghostface Killah— Twelve Reasons to Die: Nov. 20: The Wu Tang Clan member is back with a new album after 2010’s Apollo Kids, collaborating with Los Angeles-based producer Adrian Younge. It will be released through Soul Temple Records, the new label founded by the mastermind of the Wu Tang Clan, RZA, who is also executively producing the album. Out of all the Wu Tang, Ghostface has the most prolific solo catalogue, so this is definitely something to look forward to.

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