As we approach 2012's half-way point, what better time to gather all the info we can from our calendars and crystal balls to see what albums the rest of the year has to offer. We here at Camp Tone Deaf have compiled our definitive list of the records that have us collectively vibrating in our chairs and rubbing our hands in anticipation. The most exciting releases you can expect from both the best and brightest of our homegrown talent, as well as all the important international albums we're looking forward to. So grab your mouse and click on through for six months' worth of awesome sounds to get giddy about.
The Presets It's been a busy week of announcements as far as The Presets are concerned. First they whet the appetite with a trippy, acid-fried teaser website for something called 'Youth In Trouble'. Then they were billed as a headliner for Parklife 2012. But most importantly, they unveiled their long-awaited follow-up to the international success of 2008's Apocalypto. Pacifica is the title of their upcoming third album, slated for release on September 14.
The Killers The cheesy trailer for The Killers' forthcoming record, revealed that their fourth studio album will be entitled Battle Born. Named after their Las Vegas studio, it's their first new album since Day & Age dropped in 2008, with Brandon Flowers releasing his solo album, Flamingo, in 2010. It is expected to be released in September or October.
St. Vincent and David Byrne It's only been a year since Strange Mercy, St. Vincent's third album, but she's obviously been keeping busy since, secretly working on a collaborative album with music maverick and ex-Talking Head David Byrne. Lead track 'Who' was a horn-dappled synergy of their rhythmic styles and is the first taste of Love This Giant, due this September.
Muse Possibly one of the most talked about forthcoming releases, after the Teignmouth trio dropped their dubstep, bombshell trailer for new album The 2nd Law that completely divided fans. Many are already questioning whether this is a drastic change in musical direction, or some kind of sick joke. But we'll have to wait until September to see if Muse's sixth album really does feature some abrasive electro stylings.
Ben Folds Five Recently announced as part of the Harvest 2012 bill, the newly reformed trio have already funded their as-yet untitled record thanks to fan donations via project platform Pledge Music. The band gave us a taste of an unmastered song, 'Do It Anyway' in May for their first album since their 1999 split. With the trio appearing at Harvest Festival in November, here's hoping we get a release to coincide with their Australian tour.
Bat For Lashes Mark the 15th of October in your calander now, as Natasha Khan has chosen it as the arrival for her hotly anticipated third album as Bat For Lashes. The Haunted Man will feature the first new material since she collaborated with Beck for the Twilight Eclipse soundtrack. Her previous two albums 2009's Two Suns and 2006 debut Fur and Gold have garnered worldwide critical acclaim, as well as both being previously nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
Karnivool With vocalist Ian Kenny fronting both this progressive rock outfit and the chart-topping Birds of Tokyo, it's hard to know which band we'll get a new album from first. Both bands have posted updates from their respective studios, but only Karnivool have announced a tour of Australia this year. Whether that bodes well or not is hard to tell, but we are eagerly awaiting the follow-up to their 2009 masterpiece Sound Awake. We think we can wait a little longer for a new Birds of Tokyo release...
Azealia Banks One of the most talked about new artists of the year has already talked up the release of her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste and we can't wait to hear it. Though targeted for a September release, given her 1991 EP was delayed, it could spell a slightly longer wait; and since the pint-sized performer has supposedly given up Twitter, fired her manager - demanding to be called a "singer not a rapper" - we hope she hasn't been distracted.
Dirty Projectors The American experimentalists' Bitte Orca was undoubtedly the band's breakthrough album, and one of the finest releases of 2009. Which is enough reason to get excited about it's follow-up. As if that wasn't enough, they've released two cuts from their sixth LP. Lead single "The Gun Has No Trigger" and "Dance For You" herald the arrival of Swing Lo Magellan, due July 9.
Hungry Kids Of Hungary The Brisbane favourites have reportedly finished the follow-up to their debut album, Escapades, which was released in 2010. Producer Wayne Connolly (The Vines, You Am I, Silverchair) produced the yet-to-be-titled album, while the quartet embarked on a headline tour of Europe during May and June. Due out sometime in spring, hopefully it'll be the indie-pop-Summer fun that we're all hoping for.
Something For Kate Band linchpin and Australia's tallest frontman, Paul Dempsey, had his time in the solo spotlight in 2009 with his debut album, Everything is True. But things have been quiet on the Something For Kate front ever since their fifth studio album, 2006's Desert Lights (Well, discounting their Murmer Years Best Of... of 2007). Dempsey reported last year that he was writing the album in New York, while the trio are currently live blogging from Dallas, Texas on the progress of LP6. A late 2012 release would be pretty swell, thanks.
Twin Shadow George Lewis Jr. is gearing up to release his sophomore release under his musical alias of Twin Shadow. Confess, out July 20th, comes after his debut, Forget, surfaced in 2010 to blogosphere acclaim. The first song off the album, 'Five Seconds' is an 80s-inspired dance track, while the video accompanying it features bikie bangs and beat-ups. Gritty.
Tegan & Sara Our favourite musical twin sisters are hard at work on their seventh album. They've been tweeting reguarly from the studio and recording YouTube updates, keeping their fans in the loop. Also revealing that they've been working with plenty of people, including our very Sia Furler, who has contributed vocals to one of the songs. With the album nearing completion, ("One MIX to go" was the latest tweet at the time of writing), you can expect further details to surface very soon.
Lisa Mitchell Something, something Australian Idol. Since that's out of the way, we can officially wonder (geddit?) if Ms. Mitchell will be releasing any details about her sophomore release soon. Having released her Spritius EP in May, she promptly set about embarking on a tour, performing across the nation's churches. But it's been nearly three years since Mitchell released her debut album, could we see her sophomore surface in 2012?
Bertie Blackman The maverick singer-songwriter wowed fans and critics alike with her ARIA Award-winning Secrets And Lies, her 2009 album showed remarkable growth and musical variety. This August sets to expand on that with the release of Pope Innocent X a semi-concept album of spiky, fertile pop blended with visual, evocative storytelling. Blackman once again teaming up with producer/composer François ‘Franc’ Tétaz, who also worked on Secrets and Lies as well as with fellow musical visionaries like Gotye, Architecture In Helsinki and Kimbra.
Kanye West While not strictly a Kanye West solo album, the G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams) Music collaborative album features artists from West's record label of the same name. Amongst plenty of Donda tweets, the rapper has released two tracks from the forthcoming release, entitled 'Way Too Cold' and 'Mercy'. He has also premiered a short film at Cannes, Cruel Summer which shares its title with the album, a film that uses a unique (and expensive) 7 screens in its presentation. Though yet to be given a release date, the G.O.O.D. Music release hopes to live up to its title, if not exceed it.
Oh Mercy The band's second album, Great Barrier Grief, was just relased last March of last year, but Alexander Gow and co. have been swiftly preparing their latest effort, Deep Heat. The static-laden, Rio-dancer featuring trailer signals a brave new musical direction for the band, with a bucket-load of swagger and a sweaty groove, it appears their third album will be their most infectious yet when it drops this August.
Yeasayer Leading with the self-described "dubbed-out pseudo-science-fiction" track 'Henrietta' (named after an African women whose death led to a medical breakthrough... of course); the cosmopolitan Brooklynites have since confirmed LP3, Fragrant World will see the light of day this August. Fingers crossed for another collection of kaleidoscopic, arch art-pop in the vein of 2010's Odd Blood.
The xx Possibly the most anticipatied album of 2012, The xx have made us wait three years for the follow-up to their Mercury Prize-winning, eponymous debut. We've only heard a demo ("Eyes Open") and a few live performances of the new material, but Jamie xx says to expect a more 'clubby' influence. Named Coexist, album #2 is out September 7 and if you're lucky enough to have tickets to their two Australian shows in Sydney and Melbourne, than you'll be the first amongst those down under to hear their new songs in the flesh. (YouTube doesn't count!)
Mumford And Sons 'Little Lion Man' propelled this British folk-rock outfit to fame in 2009, taken from debut album, Sigh No More, it allowed them to find huge international audiences - especially here in Australia where it claimed the crown of triple j's Hottest 100 that year. Their second effort is expected sometime this year, although the band have only just recently told press that it's nearing completion - so it looks like we'll have to wait just a tad longer for this one.
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