So you're missing festival season? It's a bummer, alright. We should be spending these weeks shoulder to shoulder with strangers in a field, singing at the top of our voices with a warm beverage in our hand.
At least it's been a terrible summer, weather-wise. Sure, we would have been miserable anyway.
At least there's still new music to look forward to, right? Below, we've chosen five of the best albums on the way this month....
BIFFY CLYRO – 'A Celebration of Endings' (August 14th)
The Scottish trio release their 8th studio album this month, and the follow-up to last year's soundtrack album 'Balance, Not Symmetry'. They've once again teamed up with producer Rich Costey (who has worked with everyone from Muse to Interpol to Jane's Addiction and At the Drive-In) and have claimed that it's “a lot more rocking” than 2016's 'Ellipsis'. Sounds like just the sort of thing we need to get through this crap summer.
THE KILLERS – 'Imploding the Mirage' (August 21st)
After a series of delays, we'll finally get to hear The Killers' new album this month. Brandon Flowers and co. have already put three tasty singles out – 'Fire in Bone', 'My Own Soul's Warning' and 'Caution' – so fans will have an idea of what to expect from their sixth record. It's also their first without former lead guitarist Dave Keuning, so let's see what sort of impact that will or won't have.
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING – 'Re-Animator' (August 21st)
If you've already heard of Everything Everything, you'll be aware of their brilliance. If not, get onto Spotify immediately and acquaint yourself with the Manchester band's diverse back catalogue – which has swung from electropop to art-rock to everything in-between over the years. 'Re-Animator' is their fifth album and the singles released so far – particularly 'Planets' – suggest something predictably unpredictable from them.
KATY PERRY – 'Smile' (August 28th)
She may be about to give birth to her first child, but before she heads off on maternity leave, there's the small matter of releasing her sixth album. Her recent output suggests that Katy Perry is in a good place in her life right now, and that's audible in her music; no doubt she's especially eager to leave the underperforming 'Witness' in the past, in any case.
DISCLOSURE – 'ENERGY' (August 28th)
The Lawrence brothers have kept us waiting for their third album – five long years, in fact – but 'ENERGY' is finally here. The deep house/electronica duo have collaborated with everyone from Kelis to Slowthai to Kehlani on this record, and we cannot wait to hear the results.