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Five Albums in Your Near Future . . . That You Should Be Excited About

It’s always nice to have something to look forward to. So even if your job sucks, your old lady is incessantly busting your chops or your bummed about the potential of no professional football, we want to give you some light at the end of your sad, sad tunnel. Here are five, because five is the magic number in Synconation, albums that I’m excited for. I know, read this article, and we’ll share the excitement. This should all be making you feel better already.

1. Washed Out – Within and Without (Sub Pop, out July 12th)

I know, you’re shocked by this choice. What can I say, I like what I like. Annnnnnnnnd, I’ve listened to the entire album extensively (review coming next week) and despite it being a slow burner, it’s got it’s melancholy claws in me. It’s beautiful and you’re in for a treat. Visit Sub Pop for more info on their big chillwave score!

2. Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar, out June 20th)

You’ve probably already heard the album or at least a few of the tracks, so you know you can expect, beautifully layered, well-crafted songs that took the indie folk genre, which was becoming terribly stagnant to new, thoughtful places. And now Justin Vernon is Kanye’s boy? Only a plus in this guy’s eyes. Visit Bon Iver’s website to listen to a track from Bon Iver, Bon Iver, and  for further information.

3. Brian Eno – Drums Between the Bells (Warp, on July 4th)

There are so few working musicians/artists that can boast the catalog and the seed of innovation that Brian Eno can. Not all of his own albums are the most accessible affairs, but most of them are really gorgeous, or in the least, challenging. From what I’ve already heard of this upcoming album, it’s not the same atmospheric, slowly sprawling sound that albums like Music for Airports and Neroli gave us. In fact, some songs, like the ones below, sound like modernized homages to celebrated Kraut Rock practitioners. Visit Brian Eno’s website to listen to other tracks off the upcoming album.

4. The Horrors - Skying (XL, on July 26th)

One of the better shoegaze revival bands, The Horrors offer a goth-tinged brand of rock that brings me back to my favorite 90s Brit Rock acts, grounded by a hint of garage rock sensibility. But it’s not all about revival. Their sound is expansive enough so that it always feels fresh, always new. Visit the band’s official website for further information.

5. They Might Be Giants – Join Us (Rounder, on July 19th)

And this one is for the adults! I love TMBG and was wondering if they had become so comfortable with their children’s music niche ($$$) that they would never make an album for the geezer fans. I’ve only heard one track and it’s infectious, filled with incredible instrumentation and harmony . . . it’s looking good folks! Visit They Might Be Giants online for further information about the upcoming release.

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