Well, we can all raise our middle finger to 2016 and celebrate that so far no musical legend has died. Let us pray that 2017 will be a year that is famous for producing moments of genius and inspiration rather than being remembered for tyrants and tragedy (which is not a bad album title).
So far in the history of music years that end in a 7 have all been rather spectacular 1967 had The Velvet Underground debut and a little unknown album called ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ by some band from Liverpool. 1977 was when punk rock went mainstream with the Sex Pistols‘ debut as well as Fleetwood Mac releasing their multi-million selling album ‘Rumours‘. 1987 has the last ever Smiths album ‘Strangeways Here We Come’, U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree‘ and Guns ‘n’ Roses debut ‘Appetite For Destruction‘. 1997 was the last year for Brit-pop releasing classics like Radiohead’s ‘Ok Computer‘ and The Verve’s ‘Urban Hymns‘. And finally 2007 had LCD Soundsystem’s best album ‘Sound of Silver and Mika’s ‘Life Cartoon Motion‘ – well okay, not every year is perfect!
Let us look to the future and with that in mind. Here are ten albums that Northern Exposure are oh so very excited to hear this year.
The Dears: ‘Times Infinity Volume One‘ ( Released in February)
It has been six long years, but it is time to wave a warm hello to Canada’s finest The Dears. They had a habit of releasing some of the most impressive and thoughtful indie tracks of the 00’s and listening to the tracks they have released ahead of the new album, it will be a good year for The Dears. They are embarking on a UK tour in February in support of the new album. Go see them.
Los Campesinos – ‘Sick Senses’ (Released in February)
It has been four years since their last album ‘No Blues‘ and they have had yet another change to their lineup with new bassist Matt Campesinos joining last year. But it doesn’t matter how many members come and go; like The Fall, Los Campesinos still sound strong and haven’t lost their frenetic, undeniable formula heard on their latest single ‘I Broke Up Amarante‘.
Elbow- ‘Little Fictions’ (Released in February)
The Manchester band have been together 20 years and ‘Little Fictions’ will be their seventh release and their first without drummer Richard Jupp. There will surely be some beautifully crafted tunes, featuring elegant strings and maybe the odd choir. But we are hoping that Elbow can have a little more rock to their sound, that has been missing since ‘Leaders Of The Free World‘
British Sea Power- ‘Let The Dancers Inherit The Party‘ (Released in March)
The crowd-funded album shows that they still have a fire burning to keep on going even through the drastic modern musical climate. British Sea Power are one of the country’s most creative band it is rather hard to predict how they will sound in 2017 but judging by their current single, we won’t be disappointed.
Depeche Mode – ‘Spirit’ (Released in the spring)
This will be their 14th album and they have never looked back. Many of their contemporaries have chosen to release albums that follow the safe formula of their classic records or chosen modern artists to appear on their new record to add some relevance. Depeche Mode are always striving to create new sounds and melodies and are still an amazing live act. Their trailer for the ‘Spirit‘ doesn’t give away much, but will certainly be one to look out for.
Arcade Fire– TBC ( Released in spring?)
They are headlining the Isle of Wight Festival this June, but have been pretty silent on details for their follow-up to 2014’s ‘Reflector’. Each of Arcade Fire’s albums have chosen new influences and theme and after their previous dance-tinged record, it could be time to turn up the guitars in 2017.
LCD Soundsystem – TBC (Released this spring?)
James Murphy and co’s first album since their split in 2011 was reported to be out last year, but the band were still in the studio and even cancelled some tour dates to try and complete their comeback album. It is expected to be out later in the year ( probably in time for the summer festivals). These ladies in the above video can’t bloody wait.
Paul Draper- TBC ( No set date)
The former-Mansun singer has taken his time becoming a solo artist. Mansun last released a completed album more than 15 years ago and apart from a few appearances on other artists albums and some producing credits Paul Draper has been rather quiet until recent years. Last year he released his first two EPs and it is expected that his long-awaited debut will be released this year followed by a tour.
Fleetwood Mac – TBC ( Released in the summer?)
Christine McVie confirmed that Fleetwood Mac were going into the studio in October last year to complete their first album since 2003 ‘Say You Will‘ and the first with this classic lineup since 1987’s ‘Tango In The Night‘. Stevie Nicks is touring solo this year, so let’s hope this doesn’t hinder one of most exciting returns of the year.
Spector – TBC (Rumour)
The band wrote on their Facebook page to expect new music and live dates this year, but so far their website and social media is awfully quiet. Their last album was one of the best albums of 2015 and we are very excited to hopefully see Spector release a new album and complete our year.
These are our most highly anticipated records of the year, other albums rumoured are The Stone Roses, The Cure and The Killers but alas no news. Though more and more artists are just dropping albums when they want without barely any notice so we could have a new Oasis album by Easter….doubtful. Here’s to 2017 been another classic year that ends in a lucky number 7.