With warm days and late nights quickly approaching, music remains at the center of creating that perfect summer feeling. This summer is full of new music releases ranging from hyper pop to experimental rock music, and you’re sure to find something to satisfy your music needs.
Let’s look at 10 upcoming albums you should add to your summer playlists this year.
Florence + The Machine is an indie rock group based in London that formed in 2007. The band’s sound is characterized by lead singer Florence Welch’s powerful, ethereal vocals and keyboardist Isabella “Machine” Summers’ folksy keys. Each element in the band’s songs work together to create an alternative folk rock sound that broke the charts in both the United Kingdom and United States.
The band returns after three years with their 5th studio album titled “Dance Fever.” They began teasing the tracklist for the album on social media and have released four singles, “King,” “Heaven is Here,” “My Love” and “Free” leading up to the album release in mid May. Each single remains true to the band’s previous work and brings the celestial, dramatic vocals and strong instrumentals that mark the band’s earlier success.
Harry Styles released his first, self titled solo album in 2017 after the band One Direction went on a hiatus. Since the group’s break up, Styles has found extreme success with his sophomore album, “Fine Line” where he won a Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for his song, “Watermelon Sugar.”
In his solo work, Styles explores multiple genres blending rock and pop throughout his two albums. In an interview with Better Homes and Gardens, Styles said his third album focuses on the idea of home as “a headspace or mental well-being.” This album centers on Styles’ feelings of isolation during the pandemic and his adjustment toward having his personal life blasted in the public eye.
Listeners are getting the most intimate look into the pop star’s life and emotions with “Harry’s House.” If the single “As It Was” is any indicator for the rest of the album, we can expect upbeat, lively instrumentals paired with deep, emotional lyrics.
This electronic pop trio consists of Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin and Naomi McPherson. The band formed in 2013 and released two albums under RCA records. They truly saw success when Phoebe Bridgers helped them sign to her label, Saddest Factory Labels, and then was a featured artist on their song, “Silk Chiffon.”
The single was a hit and drew a massive fanbase from listeners all over the United States. Since releasing the song, the band is set to produce their self-titled album featuring two singles they’ve already released: “Silk Chiffon” and “Anything But Me.” Because they signed to an indie record, the band is able to take more creative liberties with their third album and lean into their unique sound.
The band plays around with different sounds throughout their discography but powerful, catchy vocals and electronic instrumentals remain a staple in their music. Lead singer Katie Gavin said this album is their most “pop endeavor to date” but the artists are experimenting with different sounds.
This album will be a perfect mix of danceable pop songs and emotional ballads for summer listening.
Sophie Allison, who uses the stage name Soccer Mommy, released her first studio album, “Clean” in 2018. Since then, she’s gained a large following and opened for well-known artists like Kasey Musgraves and Vampire Weekend.
She’s made a prominent name for herself in the indie-rock scene. Her lyrics are gut wrenching and deeply emotional, and she pairs the heavy words with strong guitar instrumentals and steady beats – some songs even lean toward an industrial sound.
The singer/songwriter released two singles prior to the album release titled: “Shotgun” and Unholy Affliction.” The two songs embody the artist’s growth vocally and musically over the past couple of years. They explore feelings of loneliness, love and the burden of dealing with our existence. Her new album is set to explore themes of impermanence and being OK with letting things be.
Indie-pop sensation Maggie Rogers found success in 2019 with her hit, “Alaska” from her debut studio album, “Heard It In A Past Life.” Since then, she won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards Show in 2020.
Rogers’ sound has evolved from her humble beginning and she adds a rough, gritty sound to her new work. She posted on Twitter that her new album is “grunge disco songwriter chic.” Her latest single, “That’s Where I Am,” combines her smooth, rich vocals with strong guitar distortion and heavy reverb.
Rogers said this album is an open, honest look into her life over the past two years as she dealt with love, loss and remaining true to herself.
The hyper-pop/experimental pop duo, 100 Gecs announced they would be releasing a new album in early 2022, but fans have yet to see the full-length album. However, the band did release a single titled, “Doritos and Fritos” which stays true to the musicians’ frantic, chaotic and free sound.
Though the release date of the album is unknown, the band will surely return with their same avant-garde, maximalist energy.
I hope you enjoy listening to these upcoming albums, and find that perfect summer sound.
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