Over at Opus.fm there are 25 albums to watch for in 2017. I will check out the Tears for Fears, Ester Drang, U2, The Violet Burning and Eric Matthews.
Ester Drang – TBA
The Oklahoma-based shoegaze rock band landed a dream gig opening for Echo and the Bunnymen on their recent North American tour. Following the tour, Ester Drang announced they have “some great plans for 2017” — which hopefully includes new music.
Tears For Fears – TBA (Warner Bros.)
Yes, that Tears For Fears. No details are currently known about the band’s upcoming album, which will be their first studio recording since 2004’s Everybody Loves a Happy Ending.
U2 – Songs of Experience (Island)
Everyone dogged on Bono and the boys when U2’s Songs of Innocence appeared on their iPhones. That brouhaha overlooked the fact that Songs of Innocence contained some of U2’s best music in a long time. How will the long-awaited follow-up compare?IIn addition to releasing Songs of Experience, U2 will also be playing some “very, very special shows” to celebrate The Joshua Tree, which turns 30 next year.
The Violet Burning – TBA
Back in 2011, The Violet Burning released The Story of Our Lives, a massive three-disc concept album that one critic called the band’s “most ambitious and hardest hitting record to date.” Since then, they’ve been working on not one but two albums planned for 2017, including an album of psalms and worship songs that Pritzl describes as similar to Strength (arguably The Violet Burning’s most beloved album).
Eric Matthews – Too Much World (Lo-Fidelity Records)
Champer-pop maestro Eric Matthews released the “Exactly Like Them” single back in November as a precursor to Too Much World, his first solo album since 2008’s The Imagination Stage. Too Much World will be released by Lo-Fidelity Records, which reissued Matthews’ stunning debut, It’s Heavy in Here, back in 2015. Release Date: February