Most anticipated albums of 2015

Some of Indie music’s biggest names are slated to release albums this year, most of them following breakthrough releases.,,,,

Tyler Davis, Writer

Last year was packed full of incredible albums from every corner of the music world, while many major artists in the indie world fell silent. This year, many of these artists are breaking their silence and releasing long-awaited new albums. These lists are naturally subjective, however, I believe this reflects a majority of dedicated music nerds.

1. Tame Impala – TBA

Tame Impala’s last release, “Lonerism,” was on many a “favorites of 2012” list that year with it’s Beatles-esque psychedelia and isolation-focused lyrics. The band has released a smattering of covers and live tracks since then, but this will be the first new batch of original songs in over two years.

2. Sufjan Stevens – “Carrie & Lowell”

Stevens has been relatively silent for five years. He released his obligatory Christmas album in 2013, but as far as original, non-holiday content, this will be his first release since 2010’s “Age of Adz,” an overall polarizing album for fans and critics. Early this year, Stevens released the haunting ballad, “No Shade In The Shadow of the Cross,” that harkened back to albums such as “Greetings from Michigan!” and “Illinoise.” If that first track is any indication, this record will surely be a powerful release about faith, doubt and sin.

3. Grimes – TBA

The quirky singer has been seriously underrated for years now. She released an EDM pop song called “Go” last year, which was immediately met with push-back. Grimes then revealed via Twitter that “Go” was not intended for her new record, but a track simply released for fun. Her new release is slated to be more guitar-focused than her previous efforts and when she tweeted that she just finished her “first attempt at a glam-rock style song,” it is safe to say listeners are excited.

4. Kendrick Lamar – TBA

There is something readers should know about me — as a rule, I cannot stand hip-hop. However, there was something about the raw, honest and self-reflective nature of Lamar’s breakthrough record “Good Kid M.A.A.D. City” that caught my attention. Though his music is no doubt profanity-laden, he has been very open about his faith and he also became friends with Christian rapper Lecrae. Buzz about his new album is at an all-time high in light of the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Something tells me his statements will be entirely unexpected.

5. Radiohead – TBA

The guys in Radiohead have been busy for the past few years. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood has done a film score, and frontman Thom Yorke surprise-released a solo record on BitTorrent. But in reality, all listeners really want is some new Radiohead music. The guys have been hard at work in the studio but have been relatively quiet when it comes to details about the record. Fingers crossed this will be a more inspired release than 2011’s “The King of Limbs” which was relatively weak in light of their more powerful albums.

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