20 Albums for 2020: Grimes to Tame Impala, Wire to Caribou – the records we can’t wait to hear this year

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Another year, more new music and Getintothis’ Simon Kirk looks at the forthcoming top album releases in the first quarter of 2020.

New music. You’re either on the train or you’re not.

The Christmas period has been great for just binning off lists and new releases in favour of record collections filled with material from yesteryear. Where music is concerned, Christmas is always nostalgic time. Even January in some cases.

Looking at the new release schedule however, and it looks like the last two weeks of January are filled with new long-players from the heavy hitters of the indie rock pantheon from the last twenty years.

Below are 20 releases that we at Getintothis find ourselves quite excited about. Yeah, yeah, we’ll miss stuff, but more on that in a moment.

There will be more released during this time, however there are certain releases that we haven’t been given specific dates on. For example, there are mutterings of a new Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs album to land in April via Rocket Recordings.

Anyway, we have something else to announce…

Yes, we will have a new weekly column bringing you all the weekly new releases so you don’t miss a beat.

Anything that’s missed below will be picked up in this weekly column which will be published every Friday morning. Yes, we do like to cover all bases and we know you’re busy working and can’t be arsed scouring the Internet for all these releases, so don’t panic – just visit us!

So, with that, here’s our top 20 most anticipated releases in the coming months. Do enjoy.

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead  X: The Godless Void And Other Stories
InsideOut
Released January 17

The Texan indie-rock stalwarts spearheaded by Conrad Keely and Jason Reece return after 6 years with X: The Godless Void And Other Stories.

…TOD never make a bad album and we can’t see that changing here.

Algiers

Algiers: There Is No Year
Matador
Released January 17

Politically charged gospel punks, Algiers, are set to release their third album, There Is No Year.

Here’s hoping they come back to Liverpool, having played one of the last great shows at The Magnet back in 2017.

Andy Shauf

Andy Shauf: The Neon Skyline
-ANTI
Released January 24

Canadian singer-songwriter, Andy Shauf, returns with his latest album, The Neon Skyline.

This album is said to be Shauf‘s “most direct and emotionally-rich work yet”. Lot of love around Liverpool for this young man – hopefully he’ll tour here later this year.

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Wire

Wire: Mind Hive
Pinkflag
Released January 24

Post-punk luminaries, Wire, return with Mind Hive.

Mind Hive follows on from their 2017 long-player, Silver/Lead. Tour dates in support of the album along with more album details can be found here.

Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade: Thin Mind
Sub Pop/Royal Mountain
Released January 24

Following their 2017 comeback album, Cry Cry Cry, Wolf Parade return with Thin Mind.

Thin Mind sees the band once again function as a three-piece following multi-instrumentalist Dante DeCaro‘s departure from the band early last year.

Destroyer

Destroyer: Have We Met
Dead Oceans
Released January 31

Dan Bejar has announced details of his thirteenth studio album under the brilliant Destroyer moniker.

Titled Have We Met, the album follows 2016’s Ken. Bejar will be touring later in the year. All the details are here.

Isobel Campbell (Credit: Ashley Osbourn)

Isobel CampbellThis Is No Other
Cooking Vinyl
Released January 31

Belle & Sebastian founding member, Isobel Campbell, returns with her fifth solo album, There Is No Other.

The record will be her first solo effort since 2006’s Milkwhite Sheets, and first album of any kind since her most recent Mark Lanegan collaboration, 2010’s Hawk. Campbell will play the Liverpool Philharmonic on February 3 in support of There Is No Other.

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Drive-By Truckers (photo credit: via the artist’s Facebook page)

Drive-By Truckers: The Unraveling
ATO Records
Released January 31

Drive-By Truckers return with their 12th studio album, The Unraveling, which was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price).

It’s the band’s first LP in more than three years – the longest gap between Drive-By Truckers albums.

POLICA, image by Zoe Prinds Flash

Poliça: When We Stay Alive
Memphis Industries
Released January 31

Minneapolis five-piece, Poliça, return with their much anticipated fourth album, When We Stay Alive.

Following the release of When We Stay Alive, the band will tour the UK including a show in Manchester. All the details can be found here.

TORRES – (photo credit: via the artist’s Facebook page)

TORRES: Silver Tongue
Merge Records
Released January 31

TORRES, the recording moniker of Mackenzie Scott will release her fourth album, titled Silver Tongue.

It will be TORRES‘ first album with her new label, Merge Records. Scott will be touring in March, including at show at Manchester’s Yes.

Envy photo credit: (via the artist’s Facebook page)

Envy: The Fallen Crimson
Temporary Residence/Pelagic
Released February 7

After a five year absence and a slew of personnel changes, Japan’s Envy return with The Fallen Crimson.

Post-hardcore fans rejoice. This may just be worth the wait.

Bambara – (photo credit: via the artist’s Facebook page)

Bambara: Stray
Wharf Cat Records
Released February 14

New York punks, Bambara have been getting some decent play with BBC’s 6 Music and rightly so.

Many slept on the incredible Shadow On Everything (review here) and it seems their new album, Stray, is about to lift them into another stratosphere. A UK tour is announced for May in support of Strays. Get your tickets fast.

Tame Impala

Tame Impala:  The Slow Rush
Universal Music
Released February 14

Australian psych poppers return with their first album in almost five years with Slow Rush.

It will be interesting to see what Kevin Parker has come up with this time. We’re feeling a pop assault is forthcoming.

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Grimes

GrimesMiss_Anthrop0cene
4AD
Released February 21

After a lengthy absence, Canadian popstress, Grimes, returns with a new album through 4AD.

Entitled Miss_Anthrop0cene, it’s said to have some nu metal vibes. Okay, this should be erm, interesting…

The 1975 at Liverpool University

The 1975Notes On A Conditional Form
Polydor Records
Released February 21

The 1975 return with their fourth album, Notes On A Conditional Form, which follows 2018’s A Brief Inquiry To Online Relationships.

In support of their new album, the band will play their first Liverpool show in five years. Tour and full album details can be found here.

Lanterns On The Lake, provided by artist

Lanterns on the Lake: Spook The Herd
Bella Union
Released February 21

Newcastle five-piece, Lanterns On The Lake, return with their brand new album, Spook The Herd.

The album marks the thirteen year for the band, who have released a slew of albums and EPs in this time. Should be good, this.

Caribou

Caribou: Suddenly
City Slang
Released February 28

Ontario-born Dan Snaith is set to unleash a new Caribou album – his first in six years.

Suddenly arrives at the end of February with a tour to follow. Full tour and album details here and here.

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Baxter Dury (photo credit: via the artist’s Facebook page)

Baxter Dury: The Night Chancers
Heavenly
Released March 20

The mutant messiah that is Baxter Dury continues his seamless run of form with his sixth studio album.

Titled The Night Chancers, it follows 2017’s Prince of Tears. To get you in the mood, read our Baxter Dury feature here.

The Orb

The Orb: Abolition Of The Royal Familia
Cooking Vinyl
Released March 27

Alex Paterson and Michael Rednell return with the 17th album from The Orb.

Abolition of the Royal Familia will feature contributions from Roger Eno, Youth, Steve Hillage, Miquette Giraudy, plus more.

Moses Sunmey – photo credit: Alexander Black

Moses Sumney: græ
Jagjaguwar
Released May 15

Moses Sumney‘s follow-up to Aromanticism, græ, will be released in two parts:

The first part will be released digitally next month, while the second (and full physical album) is set for release on May 15.

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