Bored of your current playlists? Looking for something new to check out this month? We’re here to help.
Below, you’ll find five of the biggest albums set for release in September.
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB - ‘Keep on Smiling’ [September 2nd]
The Bangor trio return with their fifth album this month, written mostly during lockdown - which explains its title. Luckily, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Alex Trimble and his bandmates have crafted another buoyant and seriously funky indie-art-pop album, that nods to Talking Heads and ‘80s pop and will certainly put both a smile on your face and a spring in your step.
OLIVER SIM - ‘Hideous Bastard’ [September 9th]
You may know him as the bassist and one of the lead singers of The xx, but with that band on hiatus and its various members pursuing solo projects, it’s now turn for Oliver Sim to do the same. His solo debut album explores both his love of horror movies and his own life experience, unpacking themes of shame, fear, and masculinity; his recent debut single ‘Hideous’, featuring Jimmy Somerville, documented his experience of living with HIV since the age of 17.
MARCUS MUMFORD - ‘(self-titled)’ [September 16th]
The Mumford & Sons man goes solo - and he’s already made a big impression, thanks to the video for his debut single ‘Cannibal’ being directed by one Steven Spielberg. Why now for a solo album? Well, Mumford & Sons have had a rough year or two after the kerfuffle around Winston Marshall’s departure, so now’s a good a time as any. It also sounds like Marcus Mumford has his own personal traumas to work through in song-form; he has revealed that ‘Cannibal’ was written about his own experience of sexual abuse as a child. It’ll certainly be interesting to see where Mumford goes with this record, which will feature the likes of Brandi Carlile and Phoebe Bridgers.
BJORK - ‘Fossora’ [September 30th]
One of the most iconic musicians of her generation (of all time, dare we say it?) returns with her milestone tenth studio album. Themes of ‘Fossora’ include being forced to put down roots during quarantine in her homeland of Iceland, and is believed to have been partially inspired by her mother’s death in 2018. Collaborators include her two children Sindri and Isadora, as well as American musician serpentwithfeet, Indonesian dance duo Gabber Modus Operandi, and a bass clarinet sextet.
YEAH YEAH YEAHS - ‘Cool It Down’ [September 30th]
The New York band’s first album since 2013’s ‘Mosquito’ is released this month - it’s been a long wait for fans. Since forming in 2000, Yeah Yeah Yeahs have become one an iconic modern rock bands and this is their fifth record, with just 8 tracks. They collaborated with Perfume Genius on lead single ‘Spitting Off the Edge of the World’ and since their last group album, Karen O has released a solo album, collaborated with Danger Mouse on new project Lux Prima, and become a mother. Have the trio retained their spark as a band, though? We can’t wait to find out.