2019 has had a lot of quality releases already - and we're only into the first week of March.
Noteworthy albums so far include James Blake's 'Assume Form,' Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next,' and of course Hozier's 'Wasteland, Baby!' just last week. Here are eight other upcoming releases that we can't wait to hear in March and April.
Sigrid - ‘Suck Punch’
Release Date: March 8th
It’s nearly here. Sigrid will finally release her debut album this Friday, and we cannot wait to hear every single track. If you’ve been following the Norwegian singer on social media recently, you’ll know that her latest single will mean quite a lot to people who attended last year’s Electric Picnic.
When we caught up with the singer earlier this year, she told us that there was a track on the album which was inspired by her performance at EP. Here's 'Sight Of You,' which is that very song.
Karen O and Danger Mouse - ‘Lux Prima’
Release Date: March 15th
A collaboration to get excited about, if ever there was one. Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ frontwoman Karen O is well-known for carving her own way in the music business. She’s released her own album in the past; wrote and performed on the soundtrack for ‘Where The Wild Things Are;’ and later this year she’ll do the same with Amazon Prime’s new series ‘Hanna.’
Danger Mouse, the other half of Gnarls Barkley that isn’t Cee Lo Green, and who has created so many amazing tracks in the past, has co-produced their new joint effort. The album will feature nine tracks in total, including the single is ‘Woman.’
Billie Eilish - ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’
Release Date: March 29th
Eilish’s 11-track EP entitled ‘Don’t Smile At Me’ was released back in August 2017 and featured the singles ‘Ocean Eyes’ and ‘Bellyache.’ Now, having gone through a much darker, more personal transformation over the past couple of years, the 17-year-old has said she will bare all for her debut release.
The title ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ stems from the sleeping condition that Eilish suffers from. In an interview with Zane Lowe recently, the singer said she’s always had night terrors, and lucid dreams - even sometimes predicting what will happen the next day. Her latest track ‘Wish You Were Gay’ was released on Friday.
Glen Hansard - ‘This Wild Willing’
Release Date: April 12th
One of the founding members of The Frames (who have been going since 1990), Glen Hansard has enjoyed quite the journey. Following he and Markéta Irglová's Best Original Song win at the 2007 Oscars, they went on to form folk band The Swell Season. They released two albums under the title before ditching the name in 2011, and even appeared on an episode of 'The Simpsons'.
In anticipation of his upcoming fourth solo album, Hansard has teased his new sound with 'I'll Be You, Be Me.'
Anderson .Paak - ‘Ventura’
Release Date: April 12th
Forget deleting all of your social media posts, releasing two new albums six months apart seems to be the new trend. It must be stressful for the artists and their teams - but it’s bliss for us.
Anderson .Paak plans to release his second album in five months this April. His previous release ‘Oxnard’ received huge praise last year, and was an album the artist said he’d "dreamed of making in high school." Here’s the track he won his Best Rap Performance Grammy Award this year for - ‘Bubblin’.
The Chemical Brothers - ‘No Geography’
Release Date: April 12th
What have the English duo been up to recently? Well... they've likely just been working away on their ninth studio album. They've also announced a new tour for later this year around North America, Mexico, and Europe. Sadly for us, there's been no Irish dates announced... yet.
'No Geography' is set to be The Chemical Brothers' newest release, their first in four years. 'Got To Keep On' is the lead single taken from it (check out the trippy music video here); April 12th is set to be a great day for music.
Lizzo - ‘Cuz I Love You’
Release Date: April 19th
There's been a lot of praise for Lizzo over the past couple of months, and rightly so. The funk/soul singer has been storming the charts in America as of late, because that voice of hers is a powerhouse. Not unlike the pipes of Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes, Lizzo has a more of an indie/pop influence to her songs - and she is all about body positivity.
'Cuz I Love You' is the title single from her album, following hot on the heels of her previous singles 'Boys' and 'Juice.'
SOAK - ‘Grim Town’
Release Date: April 26th
The Derry-born singer began writing when she was just 14, and at the age of 22 is now poised to release her second album 'Grim Town.' SOAK has said her follow-up to 'Before We Forget How To Dream' is about her exploring her brain and mental state. She said the album is "a dystopia that I’ve created in my brain: me on the inside, processed into a pretend location... Once I had the idea of the album being an actual location, exploring the dynamics of this town and what it would look or sound like felt like the right way to give my mental state a personality."
SOAK released 'Valentine Schmalentine' in mid-February, a track which finds hope and humour in the most disheartening of times.