Album Excitement 2018

We are less than a month into the new year and we already have new music to be excited about! 2017 was a great year for music, but I’m betting 2018 can top it. As of now, there are already a few albums that have piqued my interest and I can’t wait to hear them in full when they are released! Here are a few albums I’m most excited to listen to in 2018.

  • IMG_6684Dashboard Confessional – Crooked Shadows February 9

    • I’ve been a casual fan of Dashboard Confessional for years, but once I saw them live this past summer I became obsessed! As soon asI got home I decided to listen to their entire discography and began wishing for new music. They have released two singles from the album, “We Fight” and “Heart Beat Here” and fans are more than ready for the album todrop tomorrow!
  • MGMT – Little Dark Age – February 9

    • Again, as a casual fan, I learned about MGMT’s new album in one of my classes this semester. I was a huge fan of their song “Kids” and when I heard about their upcoming album I got excited! Catch MGMT performing at a slew of festivals this summer.
  • Moose Blood – I Don’t Think I Can do This Anymore – March 9

    • I love Moose Blood and listen to them anytime I feel like I need a good cry. Their emotional expertise comes through in their lyrics, and their instrumental ability is amazing. I can’t wait for this album to come out!!
  • Jack White – Boarding House Ranch – March 23

    • Jack White is a Michigan Native, so I’ve been listening to his music since I was a kid. He recently announced his upcoming album and accompanying tour, which always brings excitement to residents of our state. I always feel a sort of pride for all Michigan Made musicians. There is some conversation surrounding his tour, seeing as he’s pushing for fans to check their phones at the door and go technology free.
  • The Vaccines – Combat Sports – March 30

    • The Vaccines have made their way into every single one of my playlists since I was a senior in high school, so I was obviously excited when they announced new music. So excited that I actually chose to study the release of Combat Sports for my music production course!
  • The 1975 – Music for Cars – 2018img_3403

    • While we don’t have a confirmed date for the album, The 1975 have been teasing Music for Cars on their social media accounts for the past year. The third, and final installment of The 1975 era is sure to be their greatest yet! While I’m definitely sad that this final album marks the end of one of my favorite bands of all time, I’m happy that I’ll at least have one more record to play on repeat.
  • Kanye West – Turbo Grafx16 – TBA

    • Okay, so nobody actually knows when Kanye’s newest album will drop, and it may not even come out in 2018, but I’m still excited about it!

So there are the albums I’m most excited for this year! Are there any that I should check out before these drop? Let me know in the comments!

-Swaggie Maggie

One Way Trip – ALPHA

I’ll let you in on a little secret, seventeen-year-old Jai Garcha aka ALPHA is the next big thing. A year ago he embarked on a mission to create an emotionally charged, debut visual EP that chronicles the serious issues he has had to face in his youth. One Way Trip features edgy songs are backed by RnB and urban sounds with smooth vocals.

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I spoke to Jai about the most important part of the creation for this EP and he gave some great insight into his process. “One Way Trip revolves around this idea of life and the time it’s made of being a continuous, unstoppable motion. I have always been interested in how this affects the lives we lead in terms of the decisions we make and the things we aspire to be.”  Take it from me, you do not want to sleep on ALPHA! He is so young and already tackling real-world issues through his love for music. He is also creating a new standard for young artists. It isn’t as simple as having the talent anymore. In today’s ever-evolving creative community you have to be talented, driven, passionate and have a unique vision. ALPHA has all that and more.

One Way Trip consists of 5 songs that were produced by Jai’s own production company, Alpha Bravo Studios, and features other upcoming artists from London, Cambridge, and Hertfordshire. Upon recalling the physical process of writing and recording the tracks, Jai realized that “through spending hours with some beautifully talented people, and spending hours alone in the studio I found that my narrative was being shaped by the process of making the EP itself.” Each of the songs has an accompanying short film and they do not disappoint. One Way Trip will be available on all major music streaming services including Apple Music and Spotify on the 18th of November, so make sure to check it out!

-Swaggie Maggie

 

Bad Idea – Bad Bearth

New Jersey-based band, Bad Bearth, had a really great idea when they released their first single, Bad Idea. The single can be found on their debut EP, Elephant in The Womb which was released at the end of March.

While listening to their tunes, I got an almost Kanye Vibe from them, and I really appreciated it. The music found on Elephant in The Womb is smooth and jazzy, with welcomed flairs of rap and hip-hop.

There is quite a bit of mystery that surrounds the band, but it totally adds to their appeal and overall sound. The written interviews that I’ve found of the group are full of almost cryptic answers, and whether it’s intentional or not, they’re setting themselves up to be real contenders in the music world, not only with their content creation but their personality.

Do yourself a favor and check out Bad Idea below!

-Swaggie Maggie

The Truth – SoSpec

When you go to a school with nearly 50,000 students you’re bound to meet some interesting people. One of those interesting people is Nick Greiner who’s stage name is SoSpec. We worked a shift together at our on-campus job in a coffee shop, andthe truth
I was blown away by his freestyle rapping!

A few days ago he dropped a 14 track mixtape called “The Truth” on sound cloud and I was excited to listen! Nick described is mixtape as “a concept tape mostly directed on my Christian faith, however it still bumps”. I love when artists create content that is thematic and has a purpose, and this mixtape is definitely that!
Each track on “The Truth” is produced by or features other student artists and I think that is my favorite part about it! Listening to this mixtape is like witnessing people chasing their dreams. It proves that you don’t need a fancy recording studio, or a record label to start writing songs, producing music, and getting your sound out there!

I hope other people listen to this mixtape and are inspired to start making their creative content, whatever it may be, and begin chasing their dreams like Nick has. Listen to “The Truth” by following the link below to sound cloud.

-Swaggie Maggie