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The 25 Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 2016

on August 29, 2016, 12:00am
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jenny hval blood bitch The 25 Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 201620. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch

Release date: September 30th

Jenny Hval is unafraid to challenge her listener. In fact, she’s more than eager to push thoughtful conversation on subjects the general public often avoids, frequently when it comes to misogyny and feminism. Fittingly, her upcoming Blood Bitch looks to menstruation, “the white and red toilet roll chain which ties together the virgins, the whores, the mothers, the witches, the dreamers, and the lovers.” It also, according to her statement, tells the story of an Orlando-based vampire and is inspired by Norwegian black metal. That might make you think that this one won’t be for everybody, but Hval excels at drawing listeners in, making even the difficult seem appealing and natural. –Adam Kivel

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ChildishGambino1119. Childish Gambino – PHAROS 

Release date: TBA

Regardless of whether critics are buying into Donald Glover’s rap persona, fans dig it. Big time. Childish Gambino rose to near-arena-level popularity on the back of 2013’s Because the Internet, and it appears that he’s ready to make an even bigger splash for his next album. While the record doesn’t have an official release date, it does have an official release plan. The album will be unveiled during a three-day multimedia experience in Joshua Tree, California. The event is called PHAROS and has an app, and there will be camping and art installations and a live performance by Glover. No one can say that Gambino isn’t putting his money were his mouth is. –Philip Cosores

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preoccupations cover The 25 Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 201618.  Preoccupations – Preoccupations

Release date: September 16th

Last year, a band that went by the name of Viet Cong at the time released a rough, jagged, hypnotic debut LP that brought post-punk back into the spotlight, showing that it can not only be revived with authenticity, but that it can be original and distinct, standing out from the countless number of post-punk bands regurgitating the same noise-filled repetition. Their name, rightfully so, raised eyebrows. It may have taken them a long time to change it, picking up the moniker Preoccupations in its place, but the CoSigned Canadian quartet return with a sophomore LP that reminds us why we fell in love with them at the start. Preoccupations is filled with classic late ’70s-styled post-punk. Joy Division and Gang of Four weren’t the only ones who perfected this style. Preoccupations are too, and their sophomore self-titled full-length details it in winding, intricate tracks, placing them at the top of the post-punk revival game. —Nina Corcoran


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Okkervil River17. Okkervil River – Away

Release date: September 9th

Okkervil River’s follow-up to 2013’s The Silver Gymnasium comes in the form of Away, a welcome return from mastermind Will Sheff. Recorded on the same Neve 8068 console responsible for John Lennon’s Double Fantasy and Steely Dan’s Aja, Away is the result of some tough years for Sheff. On first single “Okkervil River RIP”, he touches on losing his grandfather, an overdose death, and his temporarily inescapable depression. If the single is any indication of what’s to come on Away, there are more intriguing tales, haunting acoustics, and impeccable songwriting right around the corner. –Kyle Eustice


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leonard cohen you want The 25 Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 201616. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

Release date: September 19th

Leonard Cohen is making up for lost time, releasing his third record in six years at the ripe, old age of 82. When Old Ideas came out in 2012, it seemed astonishing, the then-77-year-old sounding vigorous, vibrant, and eager. But it had taken eight years since his last album, and you can amass a lot of material in that time. But he’s since produced another stellar record and toured the whole way and looks set to do so yet again with the ominously titled You Want It Darker. Produced by Cohen’s son Adam, insiders have reportedly called the record “a masterpiece.” With a few in his catalog to measure up against, it’s exciting to think of another Songs of Leonard Cohen around the corner. –Adam Kivel

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