After 2018 began on a new release high note, we’re eager to hear what February has in store (January will be a tough act to follow). We polled the Paste Music team for which albums they were most looking forward to, and the results were an eclectic mix of country, pop, rock, and modern soul. Needless to say, it’s going to be a good month. Here’s our roundup of February’s most anticipated albums.
Anna Burch, Quit the Curse
singer Anna Burch has experimented with folk rock and indie rock, but after going solo and establishing her own vaguely retro, indie pop style, she’s developed a singular charm. Quit the Curse, her debut full-length, will feature quirky gems like “2 Cool 2 Care” and “Tea-Soaked Letter.”
Palm, Rock Island
This experimental Philly outfit seems to be moving in a balmier, poppier direction for their next release, Rock Island, the perfect remedy for those chilly February days. When the album drops next week, we’ll be treated to more lush tracks like last single “Composite.”
Texas natives Hovvdy are set to release their sophomore record, Cranberry, on Double Double Whammy this month. The album’s singles, with their subtle riffs and elegant melodies, highlight the duo’s distinct lo-fi appeal.
Ought, Room Inside the World
Three years after the release of sophomore LP Sun Coming Down, Montreal’s refined rock outfit Ought return with Room Inside the World. So far, we’ve been treated to singles that are sleek and polished, like the churning “Disgraced in America.”
Superchunk, What a Time to be Alive
How do indie-rock veterans Superchunk continuously evolve? We’ll find out when What a Time to be Alive, their 11th album and first since 2013, arrives in a couple of weeks. Last month, Mac McCaughan and the gang dropped new single “Erasure,” a potent blast of power-pop featuring vocals from Katie Crutchfield and Stephen Merritt.
Car Seat Headrest, Twin Fantasy
Car Seat Headrest’s Twin Fantasy isn’t a new release, per se, but it’s a new take on an old favorite: the band’s 2011 Bandcamp album of the same name. Will Toledo and Co. gave the re-recording a polished new spin, as evident in the sleek video for “Nervous Young Inhumans.”
Marlon Williams, Make Way for Love
New Zealand country singer Marlon Williams has a voice that’s been haunting us for a while; his dark and beautiful self-titled debut, partially inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, was released in 2015. Its follow-up, Make Way for Love, confronts breakup themes in an eerie and elegant manner.
Starchild & the New Romantic, Language
Starchild & the New Romantic is the project of Bryndon Cook, who has toured with Solange and even co-produced her standout single “Don’t Touch My Hair.” Cook is now readying the release of Language, an album that skillfully blends classic R&B with modern soul.
Screaming Females, All at Once
New Jersey house-show veterans Screaming Females haven’t lost any of their razor-sharp bite over the years, and they announced their seventh full length at the end of 2017. All at Once features the gutsy “Glass House,” which we’ve been spinning since its release last October.
Renata Zeiguer, Old Ghost
New York native Renata Zeiguer is a multi-instrumentalist with an instantly engaging voice who grew up playing classical and jazz, and has collaborated on many projects in and around the Brooklyn music scene. Her long-awaited debut album, Old Ghost, will follow 2013’s self-released EP Horizons. Listen below to the charmingly off-kilter single “Bug.”