The 43 most anticipated albums of 2017

It’s fair to say that 2016 was pretty blessed when it came to phenomenal albums. There were some excellent debuts from the likes of Camp Cope and D.D. Dumbo, some welcome returns from Frank Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest and The Avalanches, and some career-defining records from Beyonce, Solange and Danny Brown.

So 2017 has a hell of a lot to live up to. Luckily, there’s every indication that it will – with big hitters such as Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, and Gorillaz all lined up to release music sometime in 2017.

Here are the albums that we are most looking forward to in 2017. Buckle up.

Lorde

What We Know: Such is the fevered anticipation for the follow up to 2013’s Pure Heroine, that Lorde actually had to ask fans to chill out a bit. Well it looks like 2017 is the year, with the New Zealand artist being locked in to perform at Coachella in April and NYC’s Governors Ball in June, indicating that she’s might just have some some fresh material to share.

When It Will Drop: Autumn-ish?

Gorillaz

What We Know: It’s been years of hint dropping and cryptic posting, but 2017 looks like the ticket for new Gorillaz music.

When It Will Drop: Sooner rather than later, we reckon.

Tool

What We Know: This album has been highly anticipated for the past decade, but perhaps (dear god perhaps) 2017 is the year. The band are headling Gov Ball in June, and over the last couple of months the band have said that 5 songs have basically been finished, and that they’re hard at work to get it done.

When It Will Drop: Hopefully sometime in the next 10,000 days. Or 365 days, preferably. 

Arctic Monkeys

What We Know: The band caused a big stir last month when they announced they were heading back to Sheffield to write and record the follow up to 2013’s globe conquering album AM. 

When It Will Drop: Don’t expect it in the first half of 2017.

The xx – I See You 

What We Know: The third album from Jamie Smith, Oliver Sim, and Romy Madley-Croft is due to land at the end of this week, led by lead single On Hold. 

When It Will Drop: January 13

Arcade Fire

What We Know: Last June Will Butler flagged that 2017 would be the year that their fifth album would drop, tentatively saying that it would out in the Northern Hemisphere Spring.

When It Will Drop: Autumn

Migos – Culture

What We Know: The highly influential Atlanta trio are set to step things up with their second commercial studio album, following a string of acclaimed mixtapes.

When It Will Drop: January 27

Courtney Barnett

What We Know: Court has been flat chat since releasing her debut full-length Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit in early 2015, but with her touring commitments winding down, we reckon a second album is well and truly in the oven. Plus we’re hearing whispers of a collaborative EP with a certain long-haired Philadelphian…

When It Will Drop: If it’s 2017, it’ll be later 2017.

Nick Murphy

What We Know: After dropping the Chet Faker moniker late last year, tricky Nicky has released a pair of mighty impressive tracks under his own name. Surely his emergence from a chrysalis will be capped off with a full-length sometime this year?

When It Will Drop: Nick holds his cards close to his chest, fair chance we could get a surprise release quite soon.

At The Drive In

What We Know: The third coming of At The Drive In got off to a shaky start last year with the departure of Jim Ward, but it looks like that hasn’t affected plans for an “upcoming full-length produced by Omar Rodríguez-López and Rick Costey” featuring new song ‘Governed By Contagions’.

When It Will Drop: Soon. 

Sampha – Process

What We Know: Sampha exclusively revealed to FL that album track ‘Timmy’s Prayer’ was co-written with Kanye West. Expect more heavenly goodness on Sampha’s debut full-length.

When It Will Drop: February 3

Meg Mac

What We Know: Back in November Mac wrote on her Facebook page that her debut album was finished, and we’d be hearing the first cut of it in the new year. Well, the new year has come – so the countdown has well and truly begun.

When It Will Drop: TBA

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

What We Know: Flying Microtonal Banana will be the first of four albums the psych rock outfit will release this year. They’re kicking off with some heady experimentation: focusing heavily on microtonal tuning (a micro-tone is a music interval smaller than a semi-tone.)

When It Will Drop: February 24

Dune Rats – The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit 

What We Know:  They’ve released a track called ‘Scott Green’. They’ve also released one called ‘Bullshit’. The scene has been set.

When It Will Drop: February 3

Bliss N Eso – Off The Grid

What We Know: Sydney hip-hop titans will release their sixth album in March, the follow up to 2013’s Circus In The Sky. 

When It Will Drop: March 10

Ocean Grove – The Rhapsody Tapes

What We Know: UNFD signing Ocean Grove will finally unleash their debut album upon the world, following the release of some fiery singles. Dance aficionados should tune in as well: this is producer Running Touch’s heavy project.

When It Will Drop: February 3

Thundamentals – Everyone We Know

What We Know: Everyone We Know was recorded at Hermitude’s studio in the Blue Mountains, and features the Hilltop Hoods, Mataya, and Laneous.

When It Will Drop: February 10

JOY.

What We Know: With the release of singles ‘About Us’ and ‘Falling’, 19 year old Brisbane producer JOY. announced herself as a fiercely talented artist. She’s been steadily drip-feeding singles (and a mixtape) over the last year – and her debut is apparently on the way.

When It Will Drop: TBA

Haim

What We Know: The release date for Haim’s much anticipated second album has been shifting around for the last six months, but now the Haim sisters have tentatively settled on a secure date: sometime in the middle of the year. They’ve again linked up with producer Ariel Reichshaid and ex-Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij for the record.

When It Will Drop: Mid-year

Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart of Life

What We Know: We won’t have much longer to wait before the Vancouver duo lay their third album bare for all to hear. It’s out at the end of the month.

When It Will Drop: January 27

The Flaming Lips – OCZY MLODY

What We Know: Bizarre, brilliant, and sometimes even just downright bad. Whatever the descriptor, The Flaming Lips have always been worth a listen. A new album at the start of the year is just what 2017 needs to get rolling.

When It Will Drop: January 13

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Nine Inch Nails

What We Know: Following the release of EP Not The Actual Events, Trent Reznor has flagged that 2017 will see the release of not one, but TWO major projects from the industrial rock legends.

When It Will Drop: TBA

Queens Of The Stone Age

What We Know: QOTSA guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen recently said that the band were determined to start recording a new album before the end of 2016. It’s been a few years since …Like Clockwork, and fans are getting hungry.

When It Will Drop: TBA

Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa

What We Know: The British pop singer turned heads with the release of singles ‘Be The One’ and ‘Hotter Than Hell’ last year, now a full-length is just around the corner. Prepare for your new pop obsession.

When It Will Drop: February 9

Ryan Adams – Prisoner

What We Know: It seems mind-boggling that Prisoner will mark Ryan Adam’s 16th album since the year 2000 – but here it is. Ryan recently showcased new tunes in an incredible one-night-only Sydney show.

When It Will Drop: February 17

The Jesus And Mary Chain – Damage And Joy

What We Know: The first taste of their first album in 20 years – the single ‘Amputation’ – was as brilliantly chaotic as they come. Lord knows what the full record has in store.

When It Will Drop: March 25

Drake – More Life

What We Know: Drake is set to continue his world domination with More Life – which was originally scheduled for a late 2016 release. Oh and he’s not calling it an album. Or a mixtape. It’s a “playlist”.

When It Will Drop: Early 2017

Depeche Mode – Spirit

What We Know: 35 years into their illustrious career, Depeche Mode are gearing up to release their 14th studio album.

When It Will Drop: TBA

Spoon

What We Know: Spoon teamed up with Dave Fridman for their ninth studio album – which according to Britt Daniel, contains “multidimensional jams” and “oddball sound effects.”

When It Will Drop: March

Beck

What We Know: Remember when Beck upset everyone by winning the Grammy for Album Of The Year for Morning Phase? Well it’s been a while since then, and the constant shifting around of the release date for this new album has only increased anticipation.

When It Will Drop: TBA

Phoenix

What We Know: It’s always a red flag when a band that’s been silent for a while, suddenly changes their social media accounts to something that looks alarmingly like album art. Now, the waiting game has well and truly begun.

When It Will Drop: 

Major Lazer – Music Is The Weapon 

What We Know: Given that the album’s single ‘Cold Water’ has already looped the world many times over in terms of album stream miles, the fourth album from the dancehall legends will be something to behold.

When It Will Drop: January

LCD Soundsystem

What We Know: When LCD were announced as the Coachella headliner last year, most people assumed this meant a new album was on the cards. Well, 2016 has been and gone, with nary a whisper from James Murphy. Whether it will materialise in 2017 remains to be seen.

When It Will Drop: TBA

Taylor Swift

What We Know: Since she first started making music, Swift has released one album every two years like clockwork. Last November (when a new one should have dropped) flew past, without any new music from the pop superstar – and now everyone is eagerly waiting to hear the follow up to 2014’s blinding success 1989. 

When It Will Drop: TBA

Ed Sheeran – TBD

What We Know: A week ago, British superstar Ed Sheeran abruptly burst back onto the musical stage with singles ‘Castle On The Hill’ and ‘Shape Of You’. Watch this space pop nerds, an album is coming.

When It Will Drop: TBA

Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up 

What We Know: Five years has past since Helplessness Blues, and Robin Pecknold has already indicated a big shift in sound for the band.

When It Will Drop: TBA

The Shins – Heartworms 

What We Know: Heartworms is the band’s first album since 2012’s introspective Port Of Morrow, and their fifth studio album overall.

When It Will Drop: March 10

U2 – Songs Of Experience

What We Know: For better or worse, everyone remember’s U2’s Songs Of Innocence – mostly because it landed unwanted on our iPhones. Nevertheless, the follow up will arrive sometime this year.

When It Will Drop: TBA

St Vincent

What We Know: “I think it’ll be the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done,” Annie Clark said of her new album, in an interview with Guitar WorldGiven the heights that her last album, 2013’s St Vincent, rose to – this is a big statement indeed.

When It Will Drop: Autumn

Sky Ferreira – Masochism

What We Know: Ferreira’s excellent breakout album Night Time, My Time appeared back in 2013 – and apart from the title Masochism, details about the album remain fairly scant.

When It Will Drop: TBA

Vampire Weekend

What We Know: Guitarist Rostam Batmanglij quit the band early last year, but frontman Ezra Kroenig was keen to assure fans that a new album was still in the works. He even shared the working title – Mitsubishi Macchiato – adding it’s called that “for obvious reasons.”

When It Will Drop: TBA

Kanye West/G.O.O.D Music – Cruel Winter

What We Know: The follow up to Cruel Summer, GOOD Music’s compilation Cruel Winter is being executive produced by Travis Scott, with features from everyone on the roster. Plus Kanye is working on his own album, working title Turbo Grafx 16.

When It Will Drop: Hopefully during northern hemisphere’s winter.

Sigur Rós

What We Know: 2013’s Kveikur was the sound of the Icelandic post-rock band hitting their creative peak. At least, until they release their new record.

When It Will Drop: TBA