It's officially February! Which means that a) the longest January of all time is officially over and b) there's a whole new month of new music ahead.
While January – as always – was reasonably quiet for new releases, the good news is that there's some great albums on the way this month.
See below for 5 big albums that you can look forward to in the coming weeks...
FOO FIGHTERS – 'Medicine at Midnight' [February 5th]
They're one of the biggest rock bands in the world, but Foo Fighters are switching things up for their 10th album. Well, just a little. Dave Grohl and co. had finished 'Medicine at Midnight' before the pandemic struck, but this collection of songs suits the times we're living in – it's an uplifting, groovy and – dare we say it? - danceable rock record.
DJANGO DJANGO – 'Glowing in the Dark' [February 12th]
This London-based art-rock band have never made the same album twice – and the same goes for their fourth record. 'Glowing in the Dark' blends electronic pop with indie music, imaginative melodies and curveballs at every corner; there's even a song featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg on vocals.
MOGWAI – 'As the Love Continues' [February 19th]
Another stalwart of the rock scene releases their 10th album this month, too – although Mogwai's latest opus is a very different prospect to Foo Fighters'. Nevertheless, the Scottish post-rockers have re-teamed with producer Dave Fridmann (who produced remotely from his US base, because of Covid) for their milestone record – which, coincidentally, will be released on the exact 25th anniversary of their very first single.
JULIEN BAKER – 'Little Oblivions' [February 26th]
If you're a fan of acts like Phoebe Bridgers, Big Thief or even Aldous Harding, you'll love Julien Baker. The twentysomething Tennessee native plunders a similar well of indie/alt-folk-rock, as exhibited on her previous albums, 2016's 'Sprained Ankle' and 2017's lovely 'Turn Out the Lights'. Her third record, 'Little Oblivions', is out this month.
MAXIMO PARK – 'Nature Always Wins' [February 26th]
You have to give Maximo Park credit. While many of their peers have fallen by the wayside, the Newcastle alt-rockers have survived being labelled as an 'NME band' in their early years and are still standing, 16 years after their debut 'A Certain Trigger' (an album we still hold a fondness for. Don't judge us.) Now, Paul Smith and his bandmates release their seventh studio album – let's see what they have in store with 'Nature Always Wins'.