2015 has already proven itself to be a year of great releases, comebacks and tours. With musical heavyweights such as Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons, and Kanye West all getting ready to drop new albums later in the year. Blur have announced their first album in 12 years, and Violent Femmes have just unveiled new music for the first time in 15 years.
January and February saw albums released by Sleater-Kinney, Bjork and Drake, all of which were met with critical acclaim and praise. However, March is shaping up to be another month of albums to be excited about. Noel Gallagher, Purity Ring and Parquet Courts have had releases put out this month already, but there is still plenty to look forward to.
Arcade Fire’s Will Butler has just spent a week composing songs using articles he had read in the Guardian Newspaper as inspiration, and in March, will also release his debut solo album. The 2014 Oscar nominee and multi-instrumentalist has dreamed of making his own solo album since the age of 13, a feat he has now achieved almost 20 years later. The LP named Policy consists of 8 punk-inspired songs and was recorded over the course of a week in Manhattan last May. It will be released on March 10th.
Madonna has been turning heads for all the wrong reasons lately, baring a little more than what was deemed appropriate on the Grammy red carpet, which was followed by her fall while performing at the Brits for the first time in 20 years. The pop star’s 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, sees her working with some of the biggest producers in the industry such as Diplo, Ryan Tedder, Avicii, and Kanye West, to recapture some of her pop prowess. Die hard Madonna fans will no doubt be happy about the singer’s first release since 2012, but the pop star will be hoping to win back critics and the public with her album.
After an 8-year hiatus, Modest Mouse will release Strangers to Ourselves, their first studio album since 2007. The band have released five singles from their upcoming album, which have been met with praise from fans and critics alike. Along with founding members Isaac Brook and Jeremiah Green, the album also features returning collaborators such as James Mercer of Broken Bells and Dann Gallucci of Cold War Kids.
Laura Marling will release Short Movie later this month after moving to LA and suffering a “quarter life crisis,” where Marling questioned her future as a musician. Marling almost quit music, but instead found her inspiration and wrote Short Movie at the beginning of 2014. The album will differ from Marling’s previous releases as it will be a series of short vignettes instead of following a full narrative.
Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett will release her highly anticipated debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit this month after touring all over world. Barnett has struck a chord with music fans and critics with her conversational and humorous style of songwriting, clearly heard on second single “Depreston.” The album is one of the most anticipated releases on the Australian calendar, for Barnett, who seems to be able to do no wrong in the eyes of her fellow countrymen.
Another big release that will be coming out later in the month is Death Cab for Cutie’s 8th studio album, their first release without founding member Chris Walla. Walla however, still features heavily on the album, but will not return to play live with the band, leaving Death Cab to continue making music and produce records with other artists. The album will be the band’s first with an outside producer and new collaborators, which increases intrigue into how the album will sound and feel without Walla taking the reigns.
March also sees Action Bronson, Cancer Bats, The Cribs, Tobias Jesso Jr., The Go! Team, The Prodigy and Sufjan Stevens release new albums. There is plenty to look forward to this month, and plenty to listen to. It seems that March will be one great month in a year of great music.
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