It’s a new month, and thankfully that means we have loads of new albums to look forward to over the next few weeks! While the dead of winter can also sometimes be a dead zone of releases, this month we’ve got quite a few records that you should be at least a little excited for… depending on what genres you’re into, at least. Take a look and see what we recommend for February 2017 and sample a track from each record to get a feel for what to expect on release day…and then let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments!
Feb. 3: Little Fictions – Elbow
One of my favorite British alt-rock bands is back and while it remains tough for anything to hold a candle to my favorite Elbow album The Seldom Seen Kid, this new record already looks like it’s going to be off to a good start from the two singles that have been released.
Feb. 10: Zombies On Broadway – Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Andrew McMahon continues to have this incredible songwriting ability to make all his songs sound like woven together versions of one another, and with each project of his he seems to show his talent more and more.
Feb. 10: DROGAS Light – Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco is…well, existing fans already know he’s a bit difficult to follow. He is retiring, he isn’t, but at last it seems pretty certain that he’ll be actually releasing an album on February 10 of this year. We hope. Given the current affairs of the world, though, I have to admit I’m pretty eager to see how Lupe weighs in on everything.
Feb. 10: 1000 Years – Allman Brown
You already know my love of Allman Brown knows no bounds, but do yourself a favor and grab his debut record now before everyone and their mom is asking if you’ve heard of him. I’ve been waiting for ages for this album, and even though February 10 is going to be a tight day for musical real estate you can probably expect me to have it on loop for at least awhile.
Feb. 24: Freedom Highway – Rhiannon Giddens
Anyone who grew up listening to music based out of North Carolina will tell you stories of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and their incredible ability to command a stage, but frontwoman Rhiannon Giddens has been doing the solo thing for awhile and her next album is almost sure to be Grammy fodder. If you can’t take my word for it, listen to “At The Purchaser’s Option” below; a haunting track that pulls from the wording of actual slave sales to remind us that history is not always as far in the past as we’d like to pretend.