The xx, I See You

Jamie xx released his debut album In Colour in 2015, a record that demonstrated rich, vibrant textures—a little different from what we were used to from his main band, which was known to yield a delicate, moodier sound. That brighter mood seems to have followed into the xx's third studio album, I See You, as indicated from the first single 'On Hold'. The new album drops on 13 January—that's just a few days away!

 

St. Vincent

Annie Clark, or better known as St. Vincent, is due to release a new album in Spring. In an interview with Guitar World, she noted that she was inspired by recent global political events, and it'll be "the deepest, boldest work" she's ever done.  Coming from one of the most lauded art rock musicians in recent times, safe to say we can expect exciting sounds on the airways soon. 

 

Lorde

After her breakout release in 2013 (at the age of 17, no less), naturally the music industry is looking forward to what Lorde will accomplish with her follow-up album. No release date or title has been revealed, but what we do know is that it will drop this year, and her post on Facebook last year gave us an insight into her upcoming work: "Writing 'Pure Heroine' was my way of enshrining our teenage glory, putting it up in lights forever so that part of me never dies, and this record—well, this one is about what comes next."

 

Vampire Weekend

After multi-instrumentalist and producer Rostam Batmanglij left Vampire Weekend early last year, the band's lineup has reduced to a trio, and a possible shift away from longtime label home XL to Columbia seem to be in the works. But amongst all that, they are reportedly planning to drop a new album in Q2 or Q3 this year. Frontman Ezra Koenig told Rolling Stone that the band is at work on their fourth album, and Batmanglij will still be involved in the production as a songwriter and producer.

 

Beck

Beck's transitions between music genres and styles are impeccable, and the veteran musician's follow-up to his critically acclaimed ninth album studio album Morning Phase will likely see another shift in sound. Judging by the music he has released since the last album ('Dreams', 'Wow' and 'Up All Night'), it looks like Beck is geared up to go into metapop party mode. This is of course but speculation—we'll find out when the new record drops.

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