Spring is on the horizon and so are new releases from some of our favorite artists. A handful of our most highly anticipated albums of 2018 are set to drop in March, including a few really great ones today alone from The Breeders, Soccer Mommy and Lucy Dacus. Check out the full list below. And also peruse our 10 Favorite Albums of February.
Soccer Mommy, Clean
We love the delicate-yet-fearless vibe of Soccer Mommy’s new songs “Cool,” “Still Clean,” and “Your Dog,” the latter of which she performed for us live in the Paste studio last month. The young Nashville songwriter’s debut full-length, Clean, finally drops today.
Lucy Dacus, Historian
Richmond, Va.’s Lucy Dacus wowed us with her first Historian single, “Night Shift,” a brutal and majestic breakup anthem. Her sophomore album, Historian, in all its transcendent glory, is officially out today. Here’s our review.
Camp Cope, How to Socialise & Make Friends
Camp Cope make jangly, resilient power-pop that calls out issues of sexism, bigotry and discrimination. The feminist leaders of the Melbourne, Australia, punk scene drop their third LP, How to Socialise & Make Friends, today.
David Byrne, American Utopia
One of music’s most innovative minds, David Byrne is readying the release his latest solo effort American Utopia. The album features playful observations on modern life, with contributions from longtime collaborator Brian Eno, Rodaidh McDonald, Patrick Dillett and more. Check out a beautiful single from the record, ‘This Is That.’
Young Fathers, Cocoa Sugar
Mercury Prize-winning electro-rockers Young Fathers have been teasing us with eclectic new singles like “Toy” and “In My View.” Cocoa Sugar is the follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed White Men Are Black Men Too.
Sunflower Bean, Twentytwo in Blue
Classic rock-inspired New York trio Sunflower Bean have timed their sophomore record, Twentytwo in Blue, to drop when all three members are 22 years old. Twentytwo in Blue follows 2016’s much buzzed-about debut, Human Ceremony. Sort-of title track “Twentytwo” is a dreamy ballad of youth and independence. Check it out here.
Preoccupations, New Material
Canadian post-punk outfit Preoccupations (formerly known as Viet Cong) are returning with the aptly titled New Material LP. Known for their sprawling sonic experiments and dissonant flavors, Preoccupations shared the trippy and disorienting “Antidote” video last month. Watch it here.
Frankie Cosmos, Vessel
Greta Kline will bare her vulnerable side for Frankie Cosmos’s thirds full-length album (and Sub Pop debut), Vessel. New single “Apathy” is a fun and fragile breakup jam, while “Being Alive” is anxiety-pop at its finest. You can listen here and here.
Trace Mountains, A Partner to Lean On
Trace Mountains is the tender-pop project of Brooklyn’s Dave Benton, also of the indie-rock band LVL Up. Benton’s synthy, lo-fi breeze is instantly appealing, as evident on the quirky “Salty/Sweet.” It’s featured on A Partner to Lean On, Trace Mountains’ debut full-length.
Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour
Country-pop’s glam golden girl Kacey Musgraves will release her third full-length, Golden Hour, . So far, Musgraves have offered two tastes of the album: the soft, dreamy “Space Cowboy” and the saccharine-sweet “Butterflies.” Mugraves’s last LP, Pageant Material, was one of our favorite records if 2015.