Listen to This – Three albums to be excited about this year

Andrew Critchelow

2016 has already given us a wide array of great music so far, but there are many records still to be excited for in the coming months. Though we know more about some anticipated releases than others, below are three albums to keep a good look out for this year.

New album, title to be announced, by LCD Soundsystem:

The brainchild of New York based producer and musician James Murphy, electronic rock group LCD Soundsystem released three albums between 2005 and 2010 and called it quits after a farewell performance at Madison Square Garden in 2011. The group remained disbanded and inactive until a surprise holiday-themed single was released on Christmas Eve 2015. The band is now pursuing its first tour in five years, and plans are in the works to release a new record this year. Though no information has been given on a release date or title yet, it sure is good to have the group back.


“The Glowing Man” by Swans:

Deemed by front man Michael Gira as “the last album release of Swans’ current incarnation,” the June 17 release of “The Glowing Man” will prove to be a bittersweet moment for fans of the experimental sextet. Though it might be upsetting to see the modern incarnation disband, Gira has consistently kept listeners on their feet since forming Swans in 1983. It seems as though he has no intention of stopping soon.

“Turbo Grafx 16” by Kanye West:

You might not want to hold your breath on this one. Though West claimed on Twitter recently that he’s releasing a followup this year to February’s “The Life of Pablo,” West also tweeted recently that “Pablo” would never be available anywhere but through the streaming service Tidal. You can now listen to the album on most streaming services and buy it in stores. Skepticism aside, two Kanye albums in one year certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing.