The Year to Come in Music

Harrison Welsh ’17

2016 was a great year with many projects that introduced new levels of creativity and originality that will be remembered for centuries to come. Frank Ocean’s Blonde, Bon Iver’s 22 A Million, The Avalanche’s Wildflower, and Danny Brown’s Downward Spiral just to name a few of the best of last year. It’s a new year with new albums to come in the upcoming months, albums that we all should look forward to. Some artists have given precise dates to expect their work while others, although not giving release exact dates, are without a doubt going to release something in the next eleven months.

The year is already off to a great start with a couple of albums worth looking into. My favorite so far has to be the XX’s I See You, a new direction for the trio, because Jamie XX the producer, who has worked with many artists such as Yung Thug, Kanye, and Drake, is now the mind behind the songwriting with his conventional pop progressions and clever samples. A few other solid projects so far in the year include Run The Jewels’ third studio album, Cloud Nothing’s Life Without Sound, and The Migos’ Culture, which will remain in the charts for the year to come.

Now to focus on the year ahead of us in music, there is much to look forward to. A few old artists will be coming back such as The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Damage and Joy, which will be released on March 24th, and the legendary Jamiroquai with his Automation on March 31st. Some modern projects include Thundercat’s Drunk, which will be released on February 24th, and the numerous Travis Scott albums that he promised on twitter. The two that I am most excited for is King Gizzard and The Lizzard Wizard’s Flying Microtonal Banana, which should be expected on February 24th, and The Gorillaz’s project, which will come later in the year.