18 January 2012

Anticipated Albums of 2012

January may be a melancholy month; cold & dark, dark & cold, but it’s not all doom and gloom. In the melodious music world January is a month of jocund excitement at the prospect of what the year ahead will bring. With 2011′s end of year round ups dwindling into the past, we can look forward to 2012 and the new artists and genres that will be weaved into the ever expanding patchwork of our current musical landscape. Is there a better journey shrinking companion to travel with than music we ask you? PINCH thinks not. So take a look at the albums we’re most excited about this year. Have a listen to the sample tracks and if you like what you hear get yourself to a gig at one of our hot pick international venues or pre-order the albums.

AIR, Le Voyage Dans La Lune, 6th February

Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip to the Moon) is the seventh album from ambient electronic French duo, AIR, and their first musical output since 2009’s Love 2. The record takes inspiration from George Melies classic 1902 silent film of the same name, for which the duo were asked to compose an original score. The first cut from the record, Seven Stars, a synonymously dreamy AIR track laced with the mellifluous vocals of Beach House’s Victoria Legrand, is available to download here. Have a listen below.

Watch the video for Parade, here, which features scenes from Segundo de Chomón´s Excursion to the Moon, (1908) a remake of Georges Méliès, A Trip to the Moon (1902).

Where to see AIR: *Our pick for a special Valentine’s*, turn it into a weekend getaway with AIR lined up to play on 13th February, Spain, Venue TBA. Keep an eye out here.

Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again, 23rd March

The winner of BBC’s Sound of 2012, soulful singer-songwriter, Michael Kiwanuka’s stripped back sound scintillates with the beauty of its apparant simplicity and the deep soulful maturity of a voice that seems more fitting for a man twice his age.
Kiwanuku is set to be one of 2012′s biggest artists. You can listen to the album title track, Home Again below and pre-order the album here.

Where to see Michael Kiwanuka: Unfortunatley all up and coming tour dates are now sold out, but keep an eye on the website for future shows.

Niki & The Dove, DJ, Ease My Mind, 26th February

Swedish electronic duo, Niki & The Dove, aka, Gustaf Karlöf and Malin Dahlström, are producing some of the most enchanting electro-pop music available in the industry today. Dahlstroms ethereal vocals bring soaring choruses to euphoric culminations, perhaps most evident at around the three minute mark on the track, Mother Protect, which you can watch the video for here or listen below.

Where to see Niki & The Dove: 16th February, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London. For tickets click here.

Lana Del Rey, Born To Die, 30th January

Somewhat of a Youtube sensation, Lana Del Rey came to our attention in the summer of 2011, with her heartbreakingly beautiful track, Video Games, arguably one of the best songs of 2011. The viral success of Video Games thrust Del Rey into the spotlight and into musical ubiquity, subsequently making her up and coming album one of the most anticipated of 2012. Listen to the latest track, Born To Die, available for download on the 23rd January. Pre-order the album here.

Where to see Lana Del Rey: 3rd March, The Toff in Town, Melbourne. For tickets click here. Tempted to visit Melbourne to hear the ethereal sounds of Del Rey? Then get in touch with Black Tomato.

Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas, 31st January

Old Ideas is the legendary Leonard Cohen’s first solo studio album in eight years. Love, sexuality, loss and death are amoung the themes meandering through the albums ten tracks. Cohen’s smokey baritone is backed by vocals from Jennifer Warnes, Dana Glover, Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters. Below you can listen to album track, Show Me The Place, or watch the video here and you can pre-order the album here.

Where to see Leonard Cohen: There are currently no planned tour dates, but Cohen is rumoured to be playing two concerts at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland, in June and July of this year. The programme is to be released in April, keep an eye out here. Montreux’s annual glamourous Jazz Festival held on the banks of stunning Lake Geneva is our pick for a summer musical getaway, get in touch with Black Tomato to visit.

Emeli Sande, Our Version of Events,13th February

Brit Award Winner, soul and R&B singer/songwriter Emeli Sande has been collaborating with and writing songs for artists for a number of years now, so it’s high time she brought out a solo album. Here at PINCH we’re sure that Our Version of Events is going to be a delectably, delicious serving of powerful soul and R&B  from the talented Scottish songstress. Listen to album track Heaven below and pre-order the album here.

Where to see Emeli Sande: Sande’s UK Tour kicks off at the end of January, click here to buy tickets.

Keep an ear to the ground for some of the other albums we’re excited about in 2012: Fiona Apple, Smashing Pumpkins, Cat Power, Janelle Monáe, Grimes, Kyla La Grange, Azealia Banks, War of Words, Citizens!, No Doubt, Santigold, Madonna, The Knife, Alanis Morissette and Of Montreal. It’s going to be a good year.

By Lilee Cathcart

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