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Best Albums to Cope With 2017 (So Far)

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After the tire fire that was 2016, there was a lot of hope that the new year would be better. It had to be. We were at the bottom where there’s nowhere to go, but up. Right? Wrong. 2017 has so far been a let down. Here are some upcoming albums to help buoy us up in these unsure times.

5. Untitled Follow-Up

Ever since this post-hardcore band reunited around this time last year, the anticipation surrounding
the possibility of a comeback album has been mounting. Commenting on the band’s reunion, drummer Tony Hajjar has said, “We cut our teeth in this band…We slept on floors two inches away from each other in this band. We cooked for each other in this band. This is home, and it’s nice to come back to it and feel so positive about it,” which only fueled suspicions. Guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López effectively confirmed their plans in a statement that read: “We’re all excited to be seeing each other, to be playing in a room again, and to be making music under a new context.”

4. Powerplant

Girlpool’s finished recording their follow-up to Before The World Was Big late last year. The album, titled Powerplant, is due out any day now. Having left their label Wichita, the band has to settle on a new one before releasing the record, which makes saying exactly when we’ll hear from Girlpool again hard to pin down. However, early listens of “123” and “It Gets More Blue”are promising enough to make the wait a little easier.

3. ???

Whatever the Gorillaz’s are “90% done” with we’re ready to hear it. After much teasing on Twitter, the band has confirmed a new album is in the works. Whether the band’s recently released anti-Trump tune “Hallelujah Money” was a one off or now, it’s still a good indication that Albarn is up to something and it’ll be as good as it’s always been. Hopefully it’ll surface in “the first half of 2017” as the band has suggested.

2. TK

To say LCD Soundsystem has a strong following would be an understatement. Lead singer James Murphy could release a record of him just repeatedly clearing his throat and occasionally cough and it’d sell like a street drug. Thankfully, the band is putting more heart into their next record than that. Murphy posted on the band’s Facebook on January 13th of this year saying, “sure. still working on it, but it’ll be done soon. winter tends to mess with my voice, so finishing the thing drags out” in response to one fan’s question about a new LCD album.

1. You’re Not As _____ As You Think

Sorority Noise has been single-handedly leading the emo revival for a few years now. Their sophomore album Joy, Departed, which came out last year, cemented their roles as a genre-defining band even more so than their earlier work had. Their next effort, entitled You’re Not As _____ As You Think, due out March 17th on Triple Crown will most likely continue on that trajectory. The band’s first single, “No Halo,” is sweltering, honest, guitar-driven goodness. The rest of the record is bound to be as staggering.

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