Earlier this week, we called Disclosure’s brilliant debut album, Settle, the arrival of summer, and we’re tempted to go ahead and chalk up the whole season to the brothers Lawrence. But we shouldn’t forget superb spring holdovers Daft Punk, Vampire Weekend and Justin Timberlake (among others), whose recent albums are sure to be fixtures in the coming months.
What’s so special about this summer isn’t the number of big pop albums we’re waiting to arrive, but rather the stunning lack of them. It seems that most – not all – of the albums we’re most excited to actually be released this summer invite a sort of insular experience, the complete opposite most look for in the most congenial of seasons.
So this summer we’ll be heading out to the beach or park to listen to our misanthropic rap, our experimental electronica, our impenetrably dense post rock, our amber-hued synth pop, our literary LA punk — and our AlunaGeorge. Best of all, no one is invited.
11 Braids – Flourish // Perish August 20
10 Sigur Rós – Kveikur June 18
09 David Lynch – The Big Dream July 16
08 Smith Westerns – Soft Will June 25
07 Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest June 11
06 Washed Out – Paracosm August 13
05 POSTILJONEN – Skyer July 5
04 No Age – An Object August 20
03 Fuck Buttons – Soft Focus July 23
02 AlunaGeorge – Body Music July 30
01 Kanye West – Yeezus June 18
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