Now that summer is almost upon us, it’s time to consider what we have to look forward to during those long, sunny days. A bunch of great folk albums are coming out over the next few months, providing you with the perfect soundtrack whether you’re hanging around the backyard or hitting the beach. Here’s a cheat sheet to help you keep on top of these wonderful albums:
Matt Pond PA (Out Now): The Dark Leaves is already a hit amongst indie folk lovers for the summer months. Pond’s soothing voice is sure to cool you off on those hot, humid days. Check out the tracks and his new EPs here.
Good Old War (June 1st): This untitled release is shaping up to be the main contender for album of the season with its sunny harmonies, upbeat acoustic licks and lovely lyrics, The first single from the album is already out and things are looking great for Good Old War. Check out “My Own Sinking Ship” here and stay tuned for an album review next week!
Blitzen Trapper (June 8th): Already dubbed Destroyer of The Void, this new release has Blitzen Trapper back on the piano filling the folk rock void in our lives. The group is working with producer Mike Coykendall (M. Ward, Bright Eyes, She & Him) on this much-anticipated follow-up to their debut album. With a few hot tracks to keep the fun going, the release is just right for the season. Check out this free mp3 of “Heaven and Earth,” the first released track from the album.
Arcade Fire (Mid to late summer): Although no official date has been set, Arcade Fire will be releasing a new record this summer. The group said the album will be going in a “new direction” so there is a lot to live up to. In fact, this could easily be the biggest indie pop folk release of the season. While you wait with baited breathe, you can catch the band playing their new material on tour and at festivals this summer.
Other artists with albums slated for summer release include Deer Tick (June 8th), Laurie Anderson (June 15th), Wolf Parade (June 29th), The Books (July 20th) among others. What release are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for more folk news and upcoming releases.