There’s certainly no shortage of new albums dropping this fall, but a few rank higher on our radar than others.
Here’s what our staff can’t wait to stream…
Dermot Kennedy, “Without Fear,” Oct. 4
An Irish singer-songwriter, Dermot Kennedy’s powerful, yet buttery smooth voice is poetry to the ears. Best known for his haunting track, “Power Over Me,” Kennedy is gearing up to release his first official studio album, “Without Fear,” in early October.
Kennedy has collaborated with powerhouse hip-hop producer, Mike Dean (best known for his work with Kanye West, 2Pac, Travis Scott and Jay-Z), and already has several EPs and compilation albums under his belt.
GQ described Kennedy as a “darker, more melancholy” Ed Sheeran, and he’s accumulated a reported 300 million plays on streaming platforms since the release of his first EP in 2017.
You heard it here: Dermot Kennedy is one to watch.
Hootie & the Blowfish, “Imperfect Circle,” Nov. 1
Every ‘90s kid appreciates Hootie & the Blowfish, and this will be the band’s first album since 2005. Darius Rucker has been doing his thing in the country scene for a while, but the Hootie & Blowfish sound is more pop/rock. This 13-track album may mix in more country sounds, however, such as the first single, “Rollin.” The “Imperfect Circle” title has the same vibe to it as the band’s most successful album, “Cracked Rear View.”
Luke Combs, “What You See Is What You Get,” Nov. 8
Apparently Luke Combs is incapable of putting out anything besides massive hits. His newest release, “1, 2 Many” featuring Brooks & Dunn (which will be included on “What You See is What you Get”) crossed the one million streams barrier within the same weekend it was released. The new album is expected to carry 17 songs on the tracklist, including all five songs from Combs’ previous release, “The Prequel EP,” which dropped in June.
Angel Olsen, “All Mirrors,” Oct. 4
Angel Olsen shocked the alternative scene with her critically-acclaimed album, “MY WOMAN” (2016). She’s known to evolve her sound with every project, and she’s definitely staying true to that. With her new singles, “Lark” and “All Mirrors,” the title track to the upcoming album, Olsen isn’t messing around. She’s got fuzzy guitars. She’s got synths. She’s got an army of violins. These chords are all over the place, and we’re here for it.
Danny Brown, “uknowhatimsayin¿.” Oct. 4
Detroit icon, Danny Brown, is due for another album, and so far it’s looking promising. From his two recent singles, “Dirty Laundry” and “Best Life,” it appears that Brown is experimenting with new sounds while staying true to his signature style. There definitely hasn’t been a bad Danny Brown album, and it’s always exciting to see where he takes each of his projects. The only sure bet is that he’ll do what he does best: surprising and shocking listeners at every turn.