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Five (or six) records you need in your life this month
As 2015 continues to gather pace, each new month provides us with new music to get excited about. March promises to be no different, with a raft of new album releases ready to stimulate the eardrums of music fans.
So here are five albums to look forward to this March, plus a cheeky extra one, thrown in for good measure. Whether you buy your music from the record store shelf, or download it directly to your listening device of choice, you're sure to be blown away by some of these LPs. Let us know which ones you liked best.
It's been three years since Purity Ring released their debut LP Shrines, but if teaser tracks like Repetition, and Begin Again are anything to go by, it has not been time wasted. March 3rd sees the release of Another Eternity, the Canadian duo's second LP, which serves up ten tracks of dream-pop goodness to fans who have patiently been waiting for it.
Purity Ring makes music that touches the soul and lifts the spirit. Let's hope this latest offering lives up to expectations!
Hailing from Wakefield, UK, these three brothers are amongst the sole survivors of the "indie rock wave" of the mid-2000s. Their survival is largely down to their likeability, their punk ethos, and – of course – their great tunes.
On March 23rd, they release their sixth LP to a grateful public. For All My Sisters is the follow up to 2012's acclaimed effort In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, and the first Cribs record not to be released on Wichita records. The Cribs don't make bad albums, so expect this one to feature more of their intelligent indie rock, underpinned with the catchiest melodies you're likely to hear all year.
Queens, New York rapper Action Bronson has been busy of late. He's been hosting his own cooking show on Vice Magazine's sister site, Munchies; touring extensively; and shooting various promo videos for his new material. He's also been going to great lengths to deceive the public about his latest record, tweeting several fake tracklists for Mr Wonderful - released March 24th - in what we can only assume is the big man's idea of a joke.
Fortunately, he also managed to find time to record the album, which is Bronson's second full length record. Described by the man himself as "happy, funny, rugged, rough rap", and featuring a range of guests, including Chance the Rapper, Party Supplies and Mark Ronson, Action Bronson's latest record is one of most eagerly awaited hip hop releases of the year so far.
Hitting shelves on the same day as Action Bronson's record, Laura Marling's Short Movie is an album that has legions of fans trembling in anticipation. For a 25-year-old to be releasing her fifth solo album is something of an achievement in itself, but when you note that each record has been an out-and-out gem in its own right, you begin to realize how supremely talented the unassuming young lady from Eversly, Hampshire, really is.
Laura Marling onstage in Sydney Australia. Pic by Darshil Shah
The lead single from the record – also called Short Movie – showcased the kind of intricate folk guitar work and beguiling vocals that we have come to expect from Laura Marling. Having ditched the "six-syllable album title formula (Alas I Cannot Swim was her debut, Once I Was an Eagle her last record back in 2013), Marling's latest offering looks to be another milestone in a long and glittering career.
Another folk artist who is no stranger to hard work is Sufjan Stevens. Carrie & Lowell is the Detroit-born artist's eleventh record and his seventh proper studio LP. Stevens' career has featured many twists and turns over the years; in the early 2000s, he outlined his plans to release a themed record for each of the 50 states. He managed only two before abandoning the project, but both records were sublime.
His last record, The Age of Adz, was a synth-heavy sonic experiment which divided critics but included some undeniably stunning tunes. Carrie & Lowell, released March 31st, sees the musician return to his sparser, indie-folk roots, and is certainly worth getting excited about!
Time for a quick honorary mention on our list. After reinventing himself as Snoop Lion, Long Beach hip hop megastar Calvin Broadus has once again returned to his better-known moniker Snoop Dogg.
His latest album, Bush, is slated for released sometime in March, but who's to say if that will actually be the case? What is for certain, however, is that when it finally drops, it's going to be something of an event, and is definitely worth getting just a little bit excited about!
Which of these releases have got you the most excited? Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments below!