35 Albums to Hear in October

  • Publish Date: October 2, 2019
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Notable releases coming this month

Our editors select the most notable albums announced for release during the month of October, listed alphabetically by artist.

Album coverBattles
Juice B Crypts
October 18 (Warp) Prime Video

All that remains of the experimental-minded indie outfit Battles is the duo of drummer John Stanier and multi-instrumentalist Ian Williams. For their first album since 2015's La Di Da Di, they've filled out their ranks with a roster of guest vocalists including Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards), Jon Anderson (Yes), Shabazz Palaces, and Sal Principato (Liquid Liquid).

WATCH: "A Loop So Nice… / They Played It Twice" (feat. Xenia Rubinos)
WATCH: "Titanium 2 Step" (feat. Sal Principato)

Album coverBig Thief
Two Hands
October 11 (4AD) Prime Video

Yes, Brooklyn indie-rockers Big Thief already released an album this year—the terrific U.F.O.F. back in May. But they already have a follow-up: a more stripped-down, live-sounding set billed as the "earth twin" to the prior album's "celestial twin" and recorded within days of completing work on that LP.

LISTEN: "Forgotten Eyes"

Album coverBoris
LφVE & EVφL 2xCD
October 4 (Third Man) Prime Video

The Japanese metal band's follow-up to 2017's Dear is a double album, though it includes just seven tracks. It's their first new album since signing to Third Man Records, and the label will also re-release the band's two 2003 LPs (Feedbacker and Akuma no Uta) this week.


Album coverDanny Brown
October 4 (Warp) Prime Video

The acclaimed but far from prolific rapper last released an LP in 2016 (his career-best Atrocity Exhibition). His years-in-the-making follow-up, again on electronic music label Warp, is executive produced by Q-Tip and features contributions from Run the Jewels, Blood Orange, Flying Lotus, and JPEGMAFIA. A tour kicks off next week.

LISTEN: "3 Tearz" (feat. Run the Jewels)
LISTEN: "Best Life"
WATCH: "Dirty Laundry"

Album coverNick Cave & The Bad Seeds
October 4 (self-released) Prime Video

Announced on the sly (in an online Q&A) just a few weeks ago, Ghosteen is Cave's follow-up to Skeleton Tree, which was the best-reviewed album of 2016. The 11-track (including one spoken-word piece) double album arrives digitally this week but won't be available in physical formats until November 8th.

Album coverChromatics
Closer to Grey
October 2 (Italians Do It Better)

It might not be Dear Tommy, but it's something. While Johnny Jewel's long-shelved follow-up to 2012's superb Kill For Love still hasn't arrived, he did release this 12-song LP this morning with less than 24 hours advance notice. The album includes covers of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" and Jesus and Mary Chain's "On the Wall" as well as the re-recorded title track, which dates back to 2014. Will Dear Tommy ever come out? That "VII" numeral on Grey's cover suggests it might; Kill for Love was the band's fifth album, leaving a gap for #6.

LISTEN: Full album stream (Spotify)
LISTEN: Full album stream (Apple Music)

Album coverClipping.
There Existed an Addiction to Blood
October 18 (Sub Pop) Prime Video

The experimental hip-hop trio fronted by actor Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Blindspotting) follow 2016's Splendor & Misery with their third album, which draws from horrorcore and the film music of John Carpenter.

LISTEN: "Nothing Is Safe"
WATCH: "La Mala Ordina"

Album coverMikal Cronin
October 25 (Merge) Prime Video

Recorded in California's remote Idyllwild, the fourth solo album from the frequent Ty Segall collaborator follows 2015's MCIII. (It's the first not to reference his own name in the title.) Cronin will tour this fall in support.

LISTEN: "Shelter"
WATCH: "I've Got Reason"
WATCH: "Show Me"

Album coverCursive
Get Fixed
October 11 (15 Passenger)

In 2018, Tim Kasher-led Omaha emo-rockers Cursive ended a six-year hiatus with Vitriola. But there's no long wait for a follow-up; the 11-song follow-up Get Fixed is out next week, and it includes tracks originally recorded (but since updated) during the same sessions that produced the prior album.

WATCH: "Barricades"
WATCH: "Black Hole Town"
WATCH: "Marigolds"
WATCH: "Stranded Satellite"

Album coverRichard Dawson
October 11 (Domino) Prime Video

The English folk musician (who has definitely never hosted Family Feud) returns with a follow-up to his 2017 solo album Peasant and 2018 release (Mogic) from his band project, Hen Ogledd.

WATCH: "Jogging"

Album coverThe Desert Sessions
Desert Sessions Vols. 11 & 12 (Arrivederci Despair and Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels)
October 25 (Matador) Prime Video

An on-again, off-again (but usually off-again) side project for Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme, The Desert Sessions features a rotating group of collaborators improvising their way through recording sessions in the Southern California desert near Joshua Tree. Contributors on this first DS release in 16 years include Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Les Claypool (Primus), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), and Matt Sweeney.

WATCH: Album trailer

Album coverDIIV
October 4 (Captured Tracks) Prime Video

Sonny Diperri produced this third album from the Brooklyn indie rockers, their first LP in three years (and their first since the departure of bassist Devin Ruben Perez).

LISTEN: "Skin Game"
LISTEN: "Taker"
WATCH: "Blankenship"

Album coverElbow
Giants of All Sizes
October 11 (Verve) Prime Video

The English alt-rock band's eighth album follows 2017's Little Fictions. Frontman Guy Garvey told NME that Giants, produced by the band's own Craig Potter, is "a bleak record." Jesca Hoop guests.

WATCH: "Dexter & Sinister"
WATCH: "Empires"

Album coverFKA twigs
October 25 * (Young Turks)

It may have taken five years, but singer-songwriter Tahliah Barnett finally has a full-length successor to her Mercury Prize-nominated debut, LP1. The mostly self-produced set spans nine tracks and includes contributions from Skrillex, Future, Jack Antonoff, Nicolas Jaar, and Oneohtrix Point Never.

* At press time, several online stores are now listing the release date as November 8th, contradicting the official artist site; it is unclear if it has been delayed.

WATCH: "Cellophane"
WATCH: "Holy Terrain" (feat. Future)

Album coverFloating Points
October 18 (Ninja Tune) Prime Video

Crush is electronica artist Sam Shepherd's quickly recorded follow-up to his 2015 debut Elaenia and 2017's audiovisual project Reflections: Mojave Desert.

LISTEN: "Anasickmodular"
LISTEN: "LesAlpx"
WATCH: "Last Bloom"

Album coverFoals
Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Pt. 2
October 18 (Warner Bros.) Prime Video

As you may have guessed, the English band's second release of 2019 is a companion to the Mercury Prize-nominated Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Pt. 1, which arrived in March.

WATCH: "Black Bull"

Album coverKim Gordon
No Home Record
October 11 (Matador) Prime Video

What do you do after spending three decades in one of the most legendary American guitar rock bands of all time? If you are Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, you move to Los Angeles and record your very first solo album. The nine-song set includes her 2016 solo debut track "Murdered Out" and features production from Justin Raisen and Shawn Everett.

WATCH: "Air BnB"
WATCH: "Murdered Out"
WATCH: "Sketch Artist"

Album coverGuided by Voices
Sweating The Plague
October 25 (self-released) Prime Video

Ending an improbably long six-month gap between albums, Robert Pollard returns with his third GbV LP of 2019. It's just 12 songs long.

LISTEN: "Heavy Like the World"

Album coverJim James, Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra
The Order of Nature
October 18 (Decca Gold) Prime Video

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James teams with composer Teddy Abrams and a full orchestra to reimagine his solo material (including some previously unreleased tunes) as a symphonic suite.

WATCH: "Set It to Song"
WATCH: Making-of documentary (part 1)
WATCH: Making-of documentary (part 2)

Album coverJimmy Eat World
October 18 (RCA) Prime Video

The veteran emo band's first album since 2016's Integrity Blues (and 10th overall) was produced, like its predecessor, by Justin Meldal-Johnsen. Surviving includes a new version of last year's single "Love Never."

LISTEN: "Love Never"
WATCH: "All the Way (Stay)"

Album coverMark Lanegan Band
Somebody's Knocking
October 18 (PIAS) Prime Video

The Screaming Trees frontman's latest solo album follows 2017's Gargoyle and finds him detouring into New Wave-inspired synth music.

LISTEN: "Letter Never Sent"
WATCH: "Night Flight to Kabul"

Album coverLightning Bolt
Sonic Citadel
October 11 (Thrill Jockey) Prime Video

The latest sonic assault from the Providence-based duo is their first since 2015's well-reviewed Fantasy Empire. The band's relatively new label home Thrill Jockey will also re-release the band's early albums over the coming months.

LISTEN: "Air Conditioning"

Album coverLindstrøm
On a Clear Day I Can See You Forever
October 11 (Smalltown Supersound) Prime Video

With a title inspired by the similarly named Barbra Streisand musical, the fifth studio album from Norwegian electronica producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm originated in a series of live shows commissioned by the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter museum in his native country and is his first LP recorded on equipment other than a computer.

LISTEN: "Really Deep Snow"

Album coverStephen Mallinder
Um Dada
October 11 (Dais) Prime Video

Stephen Mallinder is the longtime frontman for the seminal electronic outfit Cabaret Voltaire (which continues today as a solo project for co-founder Richard H. Kirk), and Um Dada is his first solo album in 35 years.

LISTEN: "Working (You Are)"

Album coverThe Menzingers
Hello Exile
October 4 (Epitaph) Prime Video

Will Yip produced this sixth album from the Philadelphia punk band. It's the follow-up to 2017's After the Party.

WATCH: "America (You're Freaking Me Out)"
WATCH: "Anna"
WATCH: "Strangers Forever"

Album coverAllison Moorer
October 25 (Autotelic) Prime Video

The Alabama singer-songwriter's 10th solo album (and first since 2015's Down to Believing and a 2017 collaboration with her sister Shelby Lynne, Not Dark Yet) will be accompanied by the publication of Moorer's memoir, also titled Blood.

LISTEN: "The Rock and the Hill"

Album coverAngel Olsen
All Mirrors
October 4 (Jagjaguwar) Prime Video

Critics are already raving about the singer-songwriter's first studio album since 2016's My Woman. The 11-song set is produced by John Congleton and features a 14-piece orchestra.

WATCH: "All Mirrors"
WATCH: "Lark"

Caroline Polachek
October 18 (Columbia)

The frontwoman for the now-defunct indie-pop band Chairlift, Caroline Polachek has previously released a few solo albums (including 2014's Arcadia), but never under her own name.

LISTEN: "Parachute"
WATCH: "Door"
WATCH: "Ocean of Tears"
WATCH: "So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings"

Album coverGrace Potter
October 25 (Fantasy) Prime Video

Benmont Tench is among the guests on the Nocturnals frontwoman's third solo album, which follows 2015's Midnight.

WATCH: "Love Is Love"

Album coverSunn O)))
October 25 (Southern Lord) Prime Video

Arriving just six months after Life Metal, the Seattle drone metal band's ninth LP was recorded during the same two-week sessions with producer Steve Albini.

LISTEN: "Frost (C)"
WATCH: Album preview

Album coverSwans
leaving meaning.
October 25 (Young God) Prime Video

The fifth album from the 21st century incarnation of Michael Gira's band, leaving meaning follows 2016's The Glowing Man. The 12-song set features an all-new lineup (aside from Gira) that includes members of Gira's side project Angels of Light.

LISTEN: "It's Coming It's Real"

Album coverthat dog.
Old LP
October 4 (UMe) Prime Video

The 1990s power-pop band return this week with their first album since 1997's Retreat From the Sun. Now a trio consisting of original members Anna Waronker, Rachel Haden, and Tony Maxwell (but not Petra Haden), that dog. first began working on new material back in 2012 when reuniting for some live dates. Guests include Maya Rudolph (who can be seen in the Funny or Die video for "Just the Way" along with Jack Black) and Randy Newman.

LISTEN: "If You Just Didn't Do It"
WATCH: "Just the Way"
WATCH: Making-of documentary

Album coverVagabon
October 18 (Nonesuch) Prime Video

Rescheduled (and retitled) from its original September release date, the second album from Lætitia Tamko finds her embracing electronic instrumentation.

LISTEN: "Flood"
LISTEN: "Water Me Down"

Album coverWilco
Ode to Joy
October 4 (dBpm) Prime Video

The latest gem from Chicago's alt-rock champions is their 11th album overall and first LP since 2016's Schmilco. (In the interim, frontman Jeff Tweedy released a pair of solo albums.) A tour kicks off next week.

LISTEN: "Love Is Everywhere (Beware)"
WATCH: "Everyone Hides"

Album coverNeil Young and Crazy Horse
October 25 (Reprise) Prime Video

Neil Young's first album with frequent collaborators Crazy Horse since 2012's Psychedelic Pill finds Nils Lofgren replacing the now-retired Crazy Horse guitarist Frank Sampedro. (Lofgren is no outsider, however; he first played with Crazy Horse on their 1971 album.) A making-of documentary titled Mountaintop Sessions is also headed to theaters this month, though you'll have to wait until 2020 to see Young on tour.

LISTEN: "Milky Way"
LISTEN: "Rainbow of Colors"

What are you looking forward to?

Which albums are you looking forward to this summer? Let us know in the comments section below, and visit our Album Release Calendar for even more upcoming music release dates.


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