New music for the new year

It’s a good thing to look forward to the future, otherwise what’s the point? Here’s some music to look forward to in the coming months.

JANUARY

1/6: Hinds– Leave Me Alone: Debut album from the Spain-based lo-fi rockers. I’ve got a promo copy of the record and the hooks are catchy as hell, bringing some sunshine to a chilly Bloomington January

1/29: Florist- The Birds Outside Sang: Florist was in Bloomington back in October when the Brooklyn-based group opened up for Girlpool and their performance stuck with me. They rely heavily on synths, yet when mixed with subtle vocals, it creates a weird-in-a-good-way organic sound.

1/29: Sia- This Is Acting: Just as “Chandelier” finally got out of your head, Sia drops another album. The entire record is songs Sia wrote for megastars like Rihanna, Beyonce and Adele. Instead, she’s singing them. Nice.

FEBRUARY

2/5: Porches- Pool: Porches is NYC-based Aaron Maine, and if his recent music is any indication, his second LP will be synth-ier and more complex than his 2013 debut, Slow Dance in the Cosmos.

2/19: Animal Collective- Painting With: The album debuted at my most-frequented airport (Baltimore’s BWI) back in November, but the rest of us won’t get to hear the record until February.

2/26: The 1975- I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it: At first, I wasn’t so sure of how I felt when The 1975 shed their noir sex appeal for some hot pink paint and 80s glam rock and synths, but from the so far it definitely works. Though I’ll definitely miss mysterious and brooding Matty Healy, their sophomore effort is sounding pretty solid.