I usually wait until concrete release dates are announced before listing an album in these previews, but in the last few days, a number of artists have made announcements worth noting.
Tokyo Jihen, News, April 8
I didn’t think I would miss Tokyo Jihen, but I realized I did when their reunion was announced.
Gaytheist, How Long Have I Been on Fire, April 10
I like Gaytheist, but I don’t follow them as closely as I do other bands. So it’s an automated announcement from Bandcamp that informed me of this release.
Roberta Flack, First Take (Deluxe Edition), April 10
Roberta Flack’s debut album turns 50. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” was No. 1 on the week I was born.
Rufus Wainwright, Unfollow the Rules, April 24
When was the last time Rufus Wainwright did a rock album? Right around the time I moved to Seattle in 2012.
Sam Smith, To Die For, May 1
I enjoyed The Thrill of It All more than In the Lonely Hour, so I’m hoping this next album continues that trajectory.
Jason Isbell and 400 Unit, Reunions, May 15
The Nashville Sound was good, but it didn’t monopolize my attention the way Southeastern or Something More than Free did. So my anticipation for this album is a bit on the cool side.
Midnight Oil, The Markarrata Project, Summer 2020
Midnight Oil, TBD, Late 2020
I think I’m more excited over another tour than I am about the new album and EP. At the same time, things are so fucked up that Midnight Oil is the right band for these times.
Janet Jackson, Black Diamond, TBD
Aside from the title, details are scant about the next Janet album, but she’s already announced a tour.