Summer is generally a quiet time for album releases as most bands take the opportunity to tour – but this summer is a little different for obvious reasons.
The release schedules of many bands and artists have been thrown into disarray, but the good news is that there's some really good albums on the way in June.
Below, we've chosen five to keep an eye out for this month.
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER – 'Sideways to New Italy' (June 5th)
If you're a fan of jangly indie-pop songs that harken back to the 1980s, this is the band for you. The Melbourne four-piece made a serious impression with their 2018 debut 'Hope Downs' and subsequently spent quite a lot of time touring it. Their follow-up touches on the importance of home and personal connections when you're cast adrift and is, quite simply, brilliant.
NORAH JONES – 'Pick Me Up Off the Floor' (June 12th)
She may never again release an album that made the impact of 2002's 'Come Away with Me', but Norah Jones has been steadily plugging away for the past 18 (!) years nevertheless. Her seventh full-length album is reportedly her best in years and includes various collaborations with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, who also contributed to 2019's 'Begin Again' mini-album.
BOB DYLAN – 'Rough and Rowdy Ways'(June 19th)
He's baaaaaack.... not many artists can say they've released 39 albums, but not many artists are Bob Dylan. The living legend releases his first album of original material since 2012's 'Tempest', and even better for fans (or perhaps not?), it's a 70-minute-long double album.
HAIM – 'Women in Music Pt. III'(June 26th)
The singles that Haim have released from their third album are hugely promising – so we're really looking forward to this record dropping at the end of the month. Once again, the sisters have worked with producer Ariel Rechtshaid (who is the partner of Danielle Haim) and former Vampire Weekend melodic wizard Rostam Batmanglij; we're champing at the bit to hear the results.
RAY LAMONTAGNE – 'Monovision'(June 26th)
He has cultivated quite the enigmatic persona over the years, so we still don't know much about Ray Lamontagne. Just as well that his music speaks for itself. His eighth studio album, and the follow-up to 2018's 'Part of the Light', will be released on the 26th and if singles 'Strong Enough' and 'Make It Through' are anything to go by, fans are in for a treat.