2012's winter releases brought us a disarming array of quality jams, and Spring is giving it a run for it's money. We've assembled some of our most anticipated, jam-packed releases of Spring 2012, and put together a little mix. It's all waiting for you after the skip.
Bear in Heaven
I Love You, It's Cool
Brooklyn vets Bear in Heaven know a thing or two about perfectly put together, electro-charged indie rock, and it's never been more obvious than on I Love You, It's Cool. It's an album full of highlights that will undoubtedly fill many mixtapes this spring. Preview: "Sinful Nature"
Willis Earl Beal
One-time X-Factor hopeful, Willis Earl Beal is making timeless music, or as a friend put it, music out of time. It's almost hard to believe songs like "Evening's Kiss" and "Take Me Away" were recorded in 2012; not because of Beal's signature lo-fi grit, but because it's just that good. Preview: "Take Me Away"
It's Jack White playing songs that sound like they very well might've been the lost White Stripes album that never was. Preview: "Sixteen Saltines"
Master of My Make Believe
It's been four long years since Santi White dazzled us with her versatility and singularity. Early singles indicate that she has not lost her edge or her hunger. Preview: "Disparate Youth"
A Joyful Noise
On Gossip's last album, 2009's Music For Men, we saw frontwoman Beth Ditto go from post-punk powerhouse to shimmering dance-rock diva. It's now three years later and Ditto isn't letting up. We're only hoping Ditto continues to lend her massive pipes to disco-leaning tracks like Joyful Noise first single "Perfect World."
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
In 2010, "Home" became an overnight sensation and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros became music festival staples. Although not quite as famous or successful as their British contemporaries Mumfords & Sons, Edward Sharpe have had much success in making hearty folk music car commercial friendly accessible. Jokes aside, their music is often great to sing along to during the warmer months. We have little doubt that the band will deliver.
out June 5
It's been five long years, but Sweden rockers, the Hives are back and have definitely lost nothing. When we first heard their comeback single, "Go Right Ahead," we couldn't take it off repeat. This bodes will for their upcoming fifth stunner Lex Hives.
In Our Heads
out June 12
Hot Chip claim In Our Heads is their most ambitious and most effortless work yet. If you're familiar with their sterling oeuvre, you can't help but be excited for what the band have in store. It also bodes well that Hot Chip off-shoots The 2 Bears and New Build are churning out excellent cuts left-and-right. Preview: "Flutes"
out June 12
Everyone's favorite Canadian four-piece are releasing Synthetica, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2010?s critically acclaimed Fantasies. We have yet to hear anything off the album, but if Moneyball taught us anything, it's that all that matters is if a player gets on base, and Metric are very rarely not on base.
You can preview new material from these bands by following the links above; for our mix, we decided to take a look back and see what these artists have already accomplished. To start, hit the play button:
The White Stripes – "Fell In Love With A Girl"
The Gossip – "Standing In The Way of Control"
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – "Home"
Bear in Heaven – "Lovesick Teenagers"
Santigold – "My Superman"
Hot Chip – "We're Looking For A Lot Of Love"
Metric – "Help, I'm Alive!"
The Hives – "The Stomp"
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