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Five months into 2019, we’re now at that time of year where new music comes out just in time to create the year’s summer soundtrack—and May is going to be busy. There are plenty of albums dropping in the next few weeks, so you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes. Check out of six albums coming out this month that are worth getting excited about, and get ready to have these in rotation all season long.
Nearly 10 years after her second album Guilty Pleasure, Ashley Tisdale makes her return to music this Friday. After finding success on the Disney Channel, Tisdale released two albums before taking a break from music. In an interview with Access Live, Tisdale discussed how the album was about her fight with anxiety and depression. This nine-track album will include singles “Voices In My Head” and “Love Me & Let Me Go,” and if they’re any indication, this album will be full of synth-pop instrumentals.
Also coming out this Friday is Vampire Weekend’s fourth album, Father of the Bride. With six of the 18 tracks already available, the band’s first album in six years seems to have a smooth, mellow pop vibe. Their most recent release,“This Life,” is a stand-out track, which features beach-ready guitar riffs coupled with melancholy lyrics about infidelity. Father of the Bride will also mark the band’s first album since Rostam Batmanglij’s departure in 2016. You can catch Vampire Weekend live in Toronto at RBC Echo Beach on June 5.
B.C.-born Mac DeMarco releases his fourth album this month. The indie singer-songwriter delivered easy listening with singles “Nobody” and “All of Our Yesterdays,” promising an album heavy on guitar with soothing riffs and strums. We’re ready to have this album on replay during cottage season this summer. If you want to hear this new album live, DeMarco will perform at Osheaga in Montreal on August 4 and at Woodbine Park in Toronto on September 24.
Another B.C. native, Carly Rae Jepsen will also drop her fourth album later this month. Jepsen has already released singles “Party For One,” “Now That I Found You,” “No Drug Like Me,” and “Julien.” The 15-track album is sure to be full of songs to dance and party to all summer long. Unfortunately, as it stands, therOh e’s nowhere to catch her live unless you to take a trip. Jepsen will embark on a tour later this month, with stops in Europe and the U.S. We’re still keeping our fingers crossed she announces plans to tour Canada after.
K-pop fans have another reason to get excited as NCT 127 drops their new EP later this month. We Are Superhuman will have six tracks, including “Superhuman” which they performed live on Good Morning America last month. NCT 127 is the latest K-pop group setting out to conquer North America, with the nine-member lineup currently on their first U.S. and Canadian arena tour. You can catch the boy band at the Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto on May 17.
Closing out the month, Skepta will drop his fifth album, Ignorance Is Bliss. No track list has been revealed yet, but he has released a handful of tracks since last May like “Pure Water,” “Neighbourhood Watch,” and “Energy (Stay Far Away)” in the video below. Could all of these singles appear on the new album or will we get a whole roster of new songs? We’ll just have to wait and see.