By Neil McCormick
The Electro-Candy 10 Anticipated Albums for 2010
2010 looks like it will be a cracking year for music, with lots of anticipated releases from Beach House to Hotchip to Kanye West.
Read on, as I guide you through the chaff and highlight the 10 albums I am most looking forward to in 2010:-
1. Magnetic Fields: Realism
Merritt et all return with a follow up to Distortion, its already been hinted that it will be more acoustic than the last album.
2. Midlake: The courage of Others
I only discovered their 2006 album “The Trials of Van Occupanther in December 2009, instantly I was captivated by what I was listening to. Progress may have been slow to bring this album out, but if it comes close to the last album; it is going to be a treat.
3. Gorillaz: Plastic Beach
Damon Albarn’s side project that became equally as popular as Blur, back with a third album which promises to be as eclectic as ever, with a very impressive line up of guest contributors including the likes of Snoop Dog and De La Soul.
4. Four Tet : There is love in you
Electronica is not something I normally go far, but there is just something about their “folktronic” style that beguiles me. Has it really been nearly 5 yrs since their last album?
5.Massive Attack – Heliogoland
Ever since Unfinished Sympathy, I have always had a soft spot for Massive Attack. I am hoping it will be a return to the form last seen in Mezzanine.
6. Goldfrapp – Head First
With the promise of a return to the electronic sound of previous releases, it looks like Goldfrapp have decided to move away from the previous album’s acoustic style. Hard to believe it is their 5th album.
7. Tindersticks – Falling Down a Mountain
Looking for the perfect album to take you into the wee small hours? Tindersticks are back with their 8th Studio album. Their unique sound combining orchestral backing, lounge jazz, and soul instantly transports me in my mind to a world where i am a customer in a diner or bar as captured in Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks “painting.
8. Arcade Fire – title Unknown
It was confirmed in late 2009 that Arcade Fire would be producing a follow up to Neon Bible at some point in 2010. Details such as title and release date are currently unknown
9. Interpol – TBA
Like Arcade Fire details are scarce about this release. It has been indicated in interviews to expect something more akin to Turn on the Bright Lights. This has to be a good thing, personally the last album did not reach the high standards of the debut album.
10. The National – TBA
Brooklyn’s finest and responsible for two of my favourite albums in my collection – Alligator and Boxer have promised a new album this year. So we can look forward to hearing the trademark deep tones of Matt Beringer. The band have said they consider that fans will see it as their best work. I have saved the best to last, above all else it is this album I am waiting for.