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Feeling as though you’re stuck in the same musical rut? Or, just on the search for a new summer track to dance the quarantine away? Fear not, because this summer sees the release of some serious heavy-hitters that will quench all of your musical thirsts.

From country icons to festival favourites, we’ve rounded up 12 of our most anticipated album releases for the summer, which should provide solace and prove there’s a lot to still look forward to this summer.

Car Seat Headrest – Making A Door Less Open

Created under the pseudonym ‘Trait’, Making a Door Less Open is made up of “vague ideas that eventually turned into songs” running from January 2015 to December 2019.

Interestingly, what makes this album release special is that every song is different and in many senses shouldn’t actually flow, but yet it does. Every fragment of the album was recorded twice over, first in the studio in the traditional method and secondly, mixed using simply a computer and synthesized reverberated sounds. Definitely an album we can’t wait to hear in all of its glory.

Release Date: 1st May
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Release Date: 1st May
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Dixie Chicks – Gaslighter

For any country music fans, you’ve been waiting for this reinvention since 2006. Dixie Chicks have returned and have sneakily released the first single from their new album, Gaslighter. 

This is their eighth studio album and sees the country singing trio delve deeper into their emotions and open up, following the semi recent divorce of Natalie Maines. Their single, of the same name, is Maines’ first chance to open up about their relationship.

Hayley Williams – Petals For Armor

If you’d have asked us to define Hayley Williams a year ago, we would have focused on her pop-rock career centred around Paramore. Little did we know she’d return as a solo artist in 2020 with a softer sound that’s more defined by its lyrics than a drum solo. 

Having released the first half of the album back in February, Williams has since decided to release the following songs individually rather than as one whole album. Due to the coronavirus situation and for never doing things by halves, she explained she wanted everyone to get to know each song individually and quite frankly, the result has been beautiful. Every song has power, punch and long lasting meaning, and it’s made us even more excited to hear the album in full following its full release in May.

Release Date: 8th May
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Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now

Queen of futuristic pop, Charli XCX recently announced she was going to use this period of uncertainty and strangeness to create an album dedicated to life in quarantine. 

With emotions running high and quarantine life slowly sinking in, it’s an unsettling time for everyone, but hopefully Charli’s electronic and dance pop beats will help summarise our mixed feelings and will see us dancing into the summer.

Release Date: 15th May
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Weezer – Van Weezer

If there’s one we know it’s that we can expect big, big riffs on the new Weezer album, Van Weezer. 

Taking huge inspiration from the American rock heroes, Van Halen, so much so that the title of the album is a reference to the band, the new album will see them heading back to big guitar solos and even bigger sounds.

Release Date: 15th May
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Release Date: 22nd May
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The 1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form

Another band who never does things by halves, British pop-rock band, The 1975 are returning with their fourth studio album, Notes On A Conditional Form.

The release has been pushed back twice, so let’s hope this release date is final as I don’t think fans can wait any longer to finally hear what will surely be one of the best albums of the year.

Get ready for a wild ride of varied tracks as they give us a mix of heavy hits, pop classics and pretty melodies.

Protomartyr – Ultimate Success Today

Post-punk indie darlings return this summer following their successful release of Relatives in Descent, and it’s said they’ll continuing pushing the boundaries of what their sound is.

Expect punchy drum fills, moody guitars and the singer’s signature baritone voice of reason coming to light through this record. Dealing with existential questions that are even more relevant in today’s climate, the album picks apart our human existence and our sometimes questionable values.

Release Date: 29th May
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Release Date: 29th May
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The Killers – Imploding The Mirage

The Killers could have stopped making music after Mr Brightside and their legacy would have still been huge, however we are very much glad they continued flourishing and we can’t wait for their new album.

So far fans have only had the joy of hearing their single, Caution, but just from this one song it’s nice to see The Killers returning to their indie-rock roots. That may just be thanks to an epic guitar solo from Fleetwood Mac’s guitarist, Lindsey Buckingham.

Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?

Having become a podcast sensation over the last few years, Jessie Ware returns to her roots in her upcoming album, What’s Your Pleasure? and brings a new sound of emotional disco pop that will leave us all dancing in our rooms, wishing we could hear the songs in a crowded room full of people as soon as this all blows over. Cathartic and fun in equal measures; Ware pulls off the manoeuvre with grace and showcases that pop music can be a transformative genre.

Release Date: 5th June
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Release Date: 5th June
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Nadine Shah – Kitchen Sink

Expect a raw, energetic, biting commentary on what it’s like to be 30-something in this new album, Kitchen Sink. It’s clear from listening to Nadine Shah’s two singles, Trad and Ladies for Babies, that she isn’t going to hold anything back on her new album, Kitchen Sink. 

Pushing the boundaries of what women are supposed to look, feel and act like in their thirties, Ladies for Babies helps to reverse the roles and proves that women aren’t just baby-making machines. Expect one hell of a political statement to coming in the following weeks.

Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

Her debut Stranger in the Alps was our favourite album of 2017 and her follow up is our most anticipated release for the year.

Bridgers has spent the last few years making music with Connor Oberst, Lucy Dacus, Julian Baker, Matt Berdinger, Hayley Williams and even The 1975, and now we can’t wait to focus solely on her. She’s already released the beautifully sad Garden song and the super-fun Kyoto, so who knows what the rest of the album will sound like.

Release Date: 19th June
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Release Date: 3rd July
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Willie Nelson – First Rose of Spring

An oldie but a goldie. 

Hear us out for this one. Willie Nelson is 86 and he’s still releasing music! That alone deserves a round of applause, but his next album release, First Rose of Spring, is set to be one of those albums you’ll want for when we’re allowed to head out onto the open road again. 

Although scheduled for April and pushed back until 3rd July, the album comes as his seventieth solo album and still even 17 albums later his country soul shines through the vocals and lyrics.