Three albums to get excited about in 2016

Find out who wants to be “the ambassadors for this generation”.

Gorillaz
Title: TBD
It’s the news Gorillaz’s fans were waiting for: after a five year wait, a new album will be released.
Jamie Hewlett claims that “2016 is going to be Gorillaz all year”.
Damon Alborn, speaking to The Rolling Stone sought to calm the frenzy by saying that it was still “early days”; however, he did reveal that the music being created is “really fast, and it’s got quite a lot of energy.”
Hewett, the man behind The Gorillaz’s famous artwork, has shared plenty of artwork for fans to get their teeth into – he has described his latest sketches for the new album as being in a “phase of experimentation”.
Despite the fact that no release date has been confirmed, anticipation is growing and fans are anxious to discover more.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Title: TBD
Chili fans, it seems as though the band is excited as you are for their new album; speaking to The Rolling Stone, lead singer Anthony Kiedis said that band is just “dying to play the new songs”.
Their teaming up with producer Danger Mouse for their newest album, and Kiedis had rich praise: “he’s very good about coming up with super-modern ideas, but he’ll also touch on the acoustic guitar in the control room and strip the song down to its acoustic essentials, which is a beautiful place to be”.
If these quotes aren’t enough for you, drummer Chad Smith also told The Rolling Stone that
“we’re now going to try another method that will be really challenging for us and will bring new, exciting results for the band. We’ve written and recorded in a way that we’ve never done before, so the record is going great. We all have high hopes that it’s going to take off and we’re going to do something very different and unique for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”
1975
Title: ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’
Following the enormous success of their self-entitled first album, the 1975 will release their second album in February 2016.
There’s plenty to get excited about, too.
Lead singer Matt Healy wants the 1975 to become an era-defining band, and become “ambassadors for this generation”.
It also appears as though the band will allow funk and pop to steer the new direction in which they want to head: their latest single ‘Love Me’ is a clear representation of this desire. Healy, speaking to NME, commented on the 1975’s latest single, stating that “our new record signifies the start of a new world for us, a more colourful world a less colourful world.”
Indeed, Healy has lamented the current state of pop music, saying that “there’s a lot lacking in pop music these days. It’s such an amazing lexicon and vocabulary of sounds… and there’s just not enough good bands, man, and I’m sick of it. I’m just sick to death of it.” Does this suggest that the band are aiming to break into and conquer the world of pop?
If Matt Healey’s comments are anything to go by, then this album promises to be something special.
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