The onset of summer always guarantees two things: heat and a slew of new hits on our hands (three if you count the fact that it’s easier to get laid). While the imminent resurgence of 2000s indie rock is definitely real, a variety of fresh pop albums will also be surfacing throughout the season. It seems like forever since we’ve heard new music from many of the artists about to drop albums: Lorde, HAIM, Grizzly Bear, Lana Del Rey and Arcade Fire left fans cryptic clues about forthcoming singles, inspiring us to get pumped for what’s to come.
Check out which 10 records we’re looking forward to the most, and don’t forget to check Twitter for any unannounced releases coming down the pipeline.
Phoenix, Ti Amo, June 9
Though it’s been four years since Phoenix released their 2013 LP Bankrupt!, in many ways it feels like the quartet hasn’t been gone that long. With the band’s forthcoming album, Ti Amo, the French indie rock-outfit is going back to basics. Fans will probably find sonic allusions to the record that initially put them on the map: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. But, as always, the band continues to push into uncharted territory.
Lorde, Melodrama, June 16
At 17, New Zealand’s Lorde burst out onto the scene with her debut Pure Heroine, paving way for her to potentially rise to the level of pop greats, like Madonna and Adele. Since then, Lorde’s raspy, stream-of-consciousness-style vocals have led her from the indie-pop world to the mainstream. Now four years later, Lorde is back with a bolder, more dynamic sound thanks to cinematic single “Green Light.” Her new record Melodrama will chronicle one night of a house party and all of the emotions that come along with it. We can’t wait to go along for the ride.
Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1., June 23
Calvin Harris has always been on the cutting edge of the EDM scene, with solid collaborative hits with Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, John Newman and more. Now Harris might be releasing his best stuff yet: He’s recruited everyone who’s anyone for Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. With features from Katy Perry, Kehlani, Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and Ariana Grande, the star-studded collaborations are endless. And it’s pretty clear that Harris’ latest single “Rollin” featuring Khalid and Future is bound to be a ubiquitous summer jam.
TLC, TLC, June 30
It’s been 15 years since the world lost Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. In the last decade and a half, remaining members Rozonda “Chili” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins have continued on as a duo. While they’ve spent the past 15 years focusing on their personal lives and also touring to some degree, the twosome will release their fifth and final album this year. In 2015, the band announced a Kickstarter project for their final record to really give creative control back to the legendary R&B group. Now, two years later, we’ll finally see what the legacy of the band looks like.
HAIM, Something To Tell You, July 7
Back in 2013, Danielle, Este and Alana Haim basically exploded with their debut Days Are Gone. The trio has simultaneously been able to make listeners feel the emotional spectrum: crooning about the joys of love or the tragedy of heartbreak. Cryptic clues in April revealed new HAIM music was coming, and their new single “Right Now” was released one week later. The song, while still playing host to their trademark lovelorn lyrics, cuts to incredible guitar solos from Danielle reminding us they shouldn’t be discounted as being one of America’s great rock bands.
Broken Social Scene, Hug Of Thunder, July 7
The band’s all back together for Broken Social Scene’s fifth album. Nabbing Feist, Metric’s Emily Haines and Stars’ Amy Millan for Hug Of Thunder, Broken Social Scene is planning a return to the sound that first put them on the indie rock map. Heavily affected by the 2015 Paris attacks, the 17-piece band decided it was time to regroup, put out new music and tour. The heart behind Hug Of Thunder will hopefully make Broken Social Scene’s latest body of work one to remember.
Shabazz Palaces, Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star/Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, July 14
Shabazz Palaces are putting out not one but two new albums this summer. With features from Strokes lead vocalist Julian Casablancas, Thundercat, and more, the experimental hip-hop duo will be back with their third and fourth records. Quazaraz is somewhat of a concept album. Not only is it otherwordly, it’s their first in three years. We definitely have two more things to look forward to, now.
Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life, July 21
It’s only been two years since Lana Del Rey released her much-talked about Honeymoon, but that hasn’t stopped Del Rey from cranking out new material. With a series of haunting, ethereal cuts flaunting her hazy lilt, Del Rey once again seemed to play into the mysterious manic pixie dream girl persona she’s carried since the beginning of her career. On her forthcoming LP Lust For Life, in a lot of ways Del Rey is dropping the gimmick – this album, she’s said “is for her fans.” And with releases like “Love” and title track “Lust For Life,” it looks like we might just be getting an optimistic version of Del Rey.
Arcade Fire, Everything Now, July 28
The resurgence of the 2000s indie rock bands continues with the Arcade Fire’s new album Everything Now. The band’s last record, Reflektor, left bands nostalgic for the band’s beginnings, so it seems like the seven-piece are pulling out all the stops for their latest release, bringing Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk onboard to produce the album. Along with the LP announcement, the Montreal outfit dropped the title track, which seemed to show the band tapping into their ABBA-fandom with a ‘70s pop aesthetic.
Grizzly Bear, Painted Ruins, August 18
Five years since Shields came into this world, gauzy indie rock band Grizzly Bear has returned with new music. It’s safe to say the band has stayed out of the limelight for the most part of the last five years, aside from lead singer Ed Droste being bullied online by Taylor Swift fans and ardently supporting Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. It won’t be any surprise to see shades of the political climate shining through on Painted Ruins.