As the daylight hours have noticeably become shortened and we are nestled in our new routines that coincide with the change of the season, fall is one of the best times of the year to press play and take a moment to soak in ideas of reflection. Still in its infancy, this fall has been packed with much anticipated releases from many our favorite bands and there are more to follow in the coming months. We present the fall album releases that are guaranteed to rock you all the way into winter.
The Avett Brothers
Recorded with legendary producer Rick Rubin, our favorite North Carolina folk rocking brothers return with an introspective album that still delivers the cheery hook-filled anthems that we have loved since their debut.
Longtime front man of alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie, Benjamin Gibbard steps out on his own for the first time to release his solo album debut. Initiated with the musician’s recent move from Seattle to Los Angeles, the songs included in Former Lives include a span of eight years, three relationships, and living in two different cities for Gibbard. Gibbard perceives this effort as a side story, but not a new chapter.
David Byrne and St. Vincent
Love This Giant
Perhaps the most anticipated collaboration of the year has been between Talking Heads mastermind David Byrne and St. Vincent’s leading woman Annie Clarke. Throughout the course of the album, expect to listen to a glorious exposition of the duo singing over diverse landscapes of searing horns and progressive drum beats.
The long-awaited follow up to 2009’s critically acclaimed album Veckatimest, Grizzly Bear returns with familiar vocal harmonies and their signature arrangement experimentation. Pitchfork describes Shields as the band’s most compositionally adventurous record to date.
Mumford and Sons
Earning six Grammy Nominations and album sales totaling over 2 million units in the U.S. alone, few bands have received as much acclaim from a debut release as Mumford & Sons. Using the tested formula of infusing arrangements with banjo, guitar, and drums of the band’s first release, the London based folk rock quartet escapes the clutches of the sophomore slump.
Also on our radar:
Ladyhawk – No Can Do (10/9)
Tame Impala – Lonerism (10/9)
Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man (10/23)
Of Montreal – Daughter of Cloud (10/23)
Hercules and Love Affair – DJ-Kicks (10/30)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill (10/30)
Talib Kweli: Prisoner of Conscious (11/6)
Big Boi – Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (11/13)
Sonic Youth – Smart Bar Chicago 1985 (11/13)
The Weeknd – The Trilogy (11/13)