Here are 3 albums being released this year, that I am most excited to hear.
Alice Boman – ‘Dream On’ due 17th January 2020
Swedish singer Alice Boman has a rare gift. Her vocals and talent for song writing are incredibly unique, and as a listener you can’t help but be captivated by her. Alice has not lost her eerily gorgeous vocals since her introduction to music in 2013. Her early EPs ‘Skisser’ and ‘EP II’ are sublime, and if you haven’t heard them yet then you definitely should. The song ‘Waiting’ actually gave me chills when I first heard it through TV series Wanderlust. The song was so well placed within that particular scene, but it was Alice’s vocals and words that I found haunting me. The song had such resonant lyrics at that time in my life, I was instinctively drawn to finding out who she was and desperately wanted to hear more of her songs. Since then, it’s no surprise that I’ve fallen deeply in love with her music. Alice Boman’s debut album ‘Dream On’ is being released this Friday 17th January. Having already treated us to four beautiful singles, it’s clear that this album is set to be stunning.
My favourite single released to date from the upcoming album is ‘The More I Cry’ which struck a chord with me on my very first listen. I always feel that Alice has somehow gotten into my head, and I will say that her songs are very relatable for anyone who has ever been hurt or has lost someone they loved at some point in their lives. It’s hard not to listen to an Alice Boman song without crying, but honestly they’re so beautiful, the emotional outpouring is worth it. Just think of her music as a way of detoxing your soul. Alice is really one of those artists that has a scary way of putting your most intimate and deepest feelings into a song. It’s clear to me that nothing is hidden in her music, what you are listening to is Alice’s own heart placed into the very core of her music. Her thoughts and feelings are delivered through the most delicate, tender vocals.
The gorgeous sunset yellow vinyl will be Alice’s first full-length album. Describing her latest venture as a journey, Alice has written the lyrics over a number of years, in various locations from London to Stockholm, where the majority of the album was recorded. ‘Dream On’ has been carried through Alice’s life and held dear to her. Now, we too are so close to drifting away in this special album and its lyrics that are so meaningful and heartfelt. I cannot wait. ‘Dream On’ is available to pre-order now. Alice will also be playing a few intimate shows at the end of February, in Brighton, Manchester and London.
The 1975 – ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’ due 21st February 2020
What was instantly a love it or hate it song. ‘People’ gave us our first taste of The 1975’s highly anticipated album ‘Notes on a Conditional Form.’ The 1975 are not shy in shaking up their genres and music style. Their sound can vary between songs, and their ability to play such a range of music is stunningly admirable. In a live show, The 1975 will perform a heart-wrenching acoustic single such as ‘Be My Mistake’ and then make the crowd dance with the likes of ‘She’s American’. Their songs are truly ground-breaking and nothing short of beautiful. The band have inspired so many other musicians and fans alike, spanning across so many genres, it’s wonderful. The band have skyrocketed to fame over the last few years, and I feel their fame and success is so well deserved.
Despite The 1975’s continued success and innovation in their bold song releases. Their first single from their upcoming album, sent shock waves across what felt like the world. ‘People’ was entirely different to anything The 1975 had released before, and many of their fans did not know what to make of it. I have to admit though, I did not hesitate in falling unashamedly headfirst in with those that adored this song. Despite their genre swaying between indie, pop and rock. The 1975 took a huge leap straight into the heart of the rock category with this screamer of a lead single. I absolutely applaud their bravery. Personally, I relished the change. It’s probably an unpopular opinion, but I long for the rest of the album to follow suit. I love the rebellious streak in Matty’s vocals and demeanour. I found it refreshingly different, despite still being a long-time fan of the band and their existing albums.
Change happens, and although we want our favourite bands to stay the way they are, sometimes it just isn’t realistic. Look at the difference in bands like Bring Me The Horizon, and Paramore over the years. Bands directions change, their thoughts, feelings and love of music will develop and grow. Just like our own. If ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’ is a different take on The 1975, then let them flourish with it. Different isn’t necessarily bad. I can’t wait for this album and I hope it does bring a buzz and divides public opinion. I’m sure the band are up to the challenge.
The 1975 did comfort concerned fans with their latest single ‘Frail State of Mind’ that does consist of a more typical sound you’d expect from The 1975, similar in style to their existing single ‘Tootimetootimetootime’, but I must confess that I am still so intrigued by initial single ‘People’. I’m curious to see where they go with this album. Hopefully their next single release will shed more light on the situation for us. You can hear the single ‘Me and You Together Song’ have its first exclusive play on BBC Radio 1 at 7pm this Thursday 16th January, during Annie Mac’s show. The 1975’s album ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’ is available to pre-order now. You can also catch them on tour in February at various locations across the UK.
Creeper – ‘Sex, Death & the Infinite Void’ due 22nd May 2020
Having waited patiently in silence, Creeper made their storming return to music in November 2019 with their latest single ‘Born Cold’. Keeping fans in suspense since then, January 11th saw Creeper make a very exciting announcement, treating us to news of a comeback tour and an album in 2020. Championing the modern emo in all of us, Creeper stab our hearts with their gothic punk-rock tracks. The heartfelt, powerful vocals of front man Will Gould give Creeper a distinct sound and what I’d consider to be an advantage over many bands in the genre today. His vocals are gorgeous, and his impressive range means he can hit the high and low notes with equal strength, as well as possessing an eerie tone that drives the very core of the band.
Their new album’s lead single is a lot darker than those from their first album ‘Eternity in Your Arms’. ‘Born Cold’ is certainly different, but is a strong comeback for Creeper, and proves that they can grow and adapt with their music and style, giving us a taste of what we can expect from their next release. The song pushes their vocal and lyrical boundaries further than they’ve ever gone before, but it still has that unmistakable Creeper sound that we all know and love. It is without doubt that their first album was a triumph and paved the way for a new wave of emo music. Built up with theatrical, bold vocals and lyrics that are as heart-breaking as they are heartfelt. Creeper sing of the pain we endure from living but urge us to carry on. You really get the sense that Creeper sing from their heart and soul. The band put an adult spin on emo music. I’m in my twenties and adore Creeper as much as I would have if I were in my teens.
Personal favourites of mine are ‘Misery’ and ‘Crickets’. The band’s other vocalist Hannah sings ‘Crickets’ incredibly beautifully. These songs have played a significant part in my life over the last few years, and I’m sure were the reason why I clocked up 72 hours listening to the band in 2018, according to my stats from Spotify. Asides from the fact that I was also of course in mourning of them throughout November and December. Being a fan of Creeper provides a roller coaster of emotion, especially after they sent myself and fellow fans into meltdown on November 2nd 2018. Creeper broke up live on stage at The Koko in London, announcing that it would be their last show by discarding of their Callous Heart jackets. Thankfully we know now that this was just a period of change and growth for the band, as on that exact date a year later Creeper returned with an immense comeback show under the guise The Fugitives of Heaven, where they debuted their new look and new single.
Since ‘Born Cold’ has been released, the band have completely cleansed their social media accounts to start a fresh. Combining this with their change of style at their comeback show; along with many others, I’m getting the encroaching sense that this is going to be a new era for Creeper. With such an intense single leading the charge, it suggests a much darker tone will be present within Creepers next album ‘Sex, Death & the Infinite Void’. I for one, cannot wait to see what 2020 brings for this endearing band. I already adore Creeper and hold a lot of their music very close to my heart. I am sure their new album will be one I will also cherish, and hope I can secure tickets to see them on their upcoming tour. Tickets go on sale for venues across the UK on Thursday 16th January for those who have ordered the album, otherwise General Sale is Monday 20th January. ‘Sex, Death & the Infinite Void’ is available to pre-order now.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. If there are any albums you’re looking forward to in 2020, let me know either by leaving a comment or by getting in touch on social media. I’d love to hear from you!
Aww that’s lovely to hear, thanks Becky. I will let you know my thoughts soon too x
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