40 Albums to Hear in September

  • Publish Date: September 4, 2019
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Notable releases coming this month

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

Album coverDevendra Banhart
September 13 (Nonesuch) Prime Video

The indie-folk artist's first LP since 2016's Ape In Pink Marble was recorded in Kyoto, Los Angeles, and Big Sur with frequent collaborator Noah Georgeson. Cate Le Bon and Vashti Bunyan guest.

WATCH: "Kantori Ongaku"

Album coverBat for Lashes
Lost Girls
September 6 (AWAL) Prime Video

Natasha Khan follows 2016's The Bride with her fifth Bat for Lashes album. The 10-song set was recorded in Los Angeles and is intended as an homage to her favorite '80s movies.

LISTEN: "Desert Man"
LISTEN: "Feel for You"
LISTEN: "Jasmine"
WATCH: "The Hunger"
WATCH: "Kids in the Dark"

Album coverBelle & Sebastian
Days of the Bagnold Summer OST
September 13 (Matador) Prime Video

The Scottish indie-pop veterans follow a trio of recent EPs with their first full-length release in over four years. Days of the Bagnold Summer is technically a soundtrack for the film of the same name (actor-turned-director Simon Bird's adaptation of Joff Winterhart’s graphic novel that won't reach theaters until next year), but 11 of the 13 tracks are brand new.

WATCH: "Sister Buddha"

Album coverblink-182
September 20 (Columbia) Prime Video

The trio's second album since Matt Skiba replaced original guitarist/singer Tom DeLonge follows 2016's California.

LISTEN: "Happy Days"
WATCH: "Blame It on My Youth"
WATCH: "Darkside"
WATCH: "Generational Divide"

Album coverAlex Cameron
Miami Memory
September 13 (Secretly Canadian) Prime Video

The Australian artist's follow-up to 2017's Forced Witness is produced by Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, and finds Cameron exploring his current relationship with actress Jemima Kirke (who appears in the video for the title track).

WATCH: "Divorce"
WATCH: "Far From Born Again"
WATCH: "Miami Memory"

Album coverCharli XCX
September 13 (Atlantic) Prime Video

The English pop star's first full-length release since 2014's Sucker finds her joined by guests like Sky Ferreira, Haim, Big Freedia, Lizzo, Christine and the Queens, Troye Sivan, Clairo, and Cupcakke.

LISTEN: "Cross You Out" (feat. Sky Ferreira)
LISTEN: "Warm" (feat. Haim)
WATCH: "1999" (feat. Troye Sivan)
WATCH: "Blame It on Your Love" (feat. Lizzo)
WATCH: "Gone" (feat. Christine and the Queens)

Album coverChastity Belt
Chastity Belt
September 20 (Hardly Art) Prime Video

The Seattle quartet follows 2017's I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone (and a brief hiatus) with this new set produced by Melina Duterte of Jay Som.

WATCH: "Ann's Jam"
WATCH: "Elena"

Album coverMiles Davis
September 6 (Rhino/Warner) Prime Video

The jazz legend's long-shelved album (recorded in 1985 but held up as a result of record label issues) gets its first-ever release with just a few present-day updates courtesy of original producers Randy Hall and Zane Giles and Davis' nephew, Vince Wilburn Jr. And Rubberband isn't the only unheard album from a jazz great due this month. September 27 brings Blue World, a previously unreleased 1964 set from John Coltrane.

LISTEN: "Rubberband of Life"

Album coverEfterklang
Altid Sammen
September 27 (4AD) Prime Video

The Danish indie rock outfit emerges from a seven-year recording hiatus with a follow-up to 2012's Piramida.

WATCH: "Vi er uendelig"

Album coverFitz and the Tantrums
All the Feels
September 20 (Elektra) Prime Video

Feels is the L.A. band's first LP since their disappointing 2016 self-titled set.

WATCH: "123456"
WATCH: "All the Feels"
WATCH: "Don't Ever Let Em"
WATCH: "I Just Wanna Shine"
WATCH: "I Need Help!"

Album coverFrankie Cosmos
Close It Quietly
September 6 (Sub Pop) Prime Video

Greta Kline's fourth album as Frankie Cosmos follows her 2018 Sub Pop debut Vessel and features much of that album's backing band.

LISTEN: "Rings (On a Tree)"
WATCH: "Wannago"
WATCH: "Windows"

Album coverLiam Gallagher
Why Me? Why Not.
September 20 (Warner Bros.) Prime Video

Famed Noel brother, Beady Eye founder, and Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher returns with his second solo album, following 2017's As You Were. The new set was produced and co-written by Greg Kurstin, Mark “Spike” Stent, and Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt (and also features Nick Zinner on guitar), and it follows the recent documentary feature Liam Gallagher: As It Was (which also debuts in North American theaters this month).

LISTEN: "One of Us"
WATCH: "Once"
WATCH: "The River"
WATCH: "Shockwave"
WATCH: Liam Gallagher: As It Was film trailer

Album coverGirl Band
The Talkies
September 27 (Rough Trade) Prime Video

It took the Dublin indie-rockers four years to record a follow-up to their debut full-length Holding Hands With Jamie. The 12-song set was produced by the band's own Daniel Fox.

WATCH: "Going Norway"
WATCH: "Shoulderblades"

Album coverThe Grateful Dead
Giants Stadium: 1987, 1989, 1991 Box set
September 27 (self-released) Prime Video

The latest release from the band's seemingly endless vaults compiles five previously unreleased concerts recorded at the same venue: New Jersey's Giants Stadium. The most limited (and expensive) version of the release spans 14 CDs and two DVDs, but you can also pick up a smaller set (Saint of Circumstance) that includes only their final (and best) Giants Stadium performance, recorded June 17, 1991.

WATCH: "Uncle John's Band" (6/17/91)

Album coverThe Highwomen
The Highwomen
September 6 (Elektra) Prime Video

Making their album debut with this self-titled, 12-song set produced by Dave Cobb, The Highwomen are a new country-rock supergroup consisting of Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby. (Their name, of course, echoes the famed Highwaymen supergroup.) A loaded guest roster includes Tanya Tucker, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Lori McKenna, and Jason Isbell.

LISTEN: "Crowded Table"
LISTEN: "Highwomen"
WATCH: "Redesigning Women"

Album coverHiss Golden Messenger
Terms of Surrender
September 20 (Merge) Prime Video

MC Taylor's acclaimed indie-folk project (which has yet to have an album score below 80) returns with a follow-up to 2017's Hallelujah Anyhow. Jenny Lewis, Aaron Dessner, and Phil Cook guest.

LISTEN: "Happy Birthday, Baby"
WATCH: "I Need a Teacher"

Album coverBrittany Howard
September 20 (ATO) Prime Video

The Alabama Shakes member makes her solo debut with this 11-song set titled in honor of her late sister.

LISTEN: "He Loves Me"
LISTEN: "History Repeats"
WATCH: "Stay High"

Album coverJenny Hval
The Practice of Love
September 13 (Sacred Bones) Prime Video

The Norwegian singer-songwriter's first full-length release since 2016's Blood Bitch is an introspective eight-song set (loosely inspired by Valie Export's 1985 film of the same name) that includes collaborations with Vivian Wang and Laura Jean Englert.

LISTEN: "Ashes to Ashes"
LISTEN: "High Alice"

All My Heroes Are Cornballs
September 13

The Baltimore-born, Los Angeles-based rapper follows his 2018 breakthrough Veteran with a new album that he guarantees will be disappointing (a claim that's backed up by numerous celebrity testimonials). Among the cornballs participating on Heroes are James Blake and Jeff Tweedy.

WATCH: "Jesus Forgive Me, I Am a Thot"
WATCH: Album trailer

Album coverTove Lo
Sunshine Kitty
September 20 (Universal) Prime Video

The Swedish pop star's follow-up to 2017's Blue Lips is a 14-song set that includes collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Alma, and Jax Jones.

LISTEN: "Jacques"
WATCH: "Bad as the Boys"
WATCH: "Glad He's Gone"

Album coverLower Dens
The Competition
September 6 (Ribbon) Prime Video

The Baltimore indie-rock outfit's fourth album is their first since 2015's Escape From Evil and includes music recorded over the past three years.

LISTEN: "Galapagos"
WATCH: "I Drive"
WATCH: "Real Thing"
WATCH: "Young Republicans"

Album coverM83
September 20 (Naive) Prime Video

The first release from the French electronica outfit in three years is an ambient album (recorded using all-analog equipment) that serves as a sequel to 2007's Digital Shades Vol. 1. It's influenced by classic videogame music as well as composers such as Brian Eno and Raymond Scott.

Album coverThe Messthetics
Anthropocosmic Nest
September 6 (Dischord) Prime Video

The all-instrumental outfit consisting of Fugazi's rhythm section (Brendan Canty and Joe Lally) plus guitarist Anthony Pirog follow last year's self-titled debut with this new 11-song set.

LISTEN: "Better Wings"
LISTEN: "Drop Foot"
WATCH: "Touch Earth Touch Sky"

Album coverMetronomy
Metronomy Forever
September 13 (Because) Prime Video

The sixth album from the English dance-rock band led by Joe Mount follows 2016's Summer 08.

WATCH: "Lately"
WATCH: "Salted Caramel Ice Cream"
WATCH: "Walking in the Dark"

Album coverMoon Duo
Stars Are the Light
September 27 (Sacred Bones) Prime Video

After releasing a pair of albums in 2017, the Portland, Oregon indie rock duo are back with a mere single album this month, mixed by Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom.

LISTEN: "Lost Heads"
LISTEN: "Stars Are the Light"

Album coverThe New Pornographers
In the Morse Code of Brake Lights
September 27 (Concord/Collected Work) Prime Video

The Canadian power-pop supergroup's eighth album (and follow-up to 2017's Whiteout Conditions) was produced by the band's own AC Newman.

LISTEN: "Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile"
LISTEN: "The Surprise Knock"

Album coverOpeth
In Cauda Venenum
September 27 (Nuclear Blast) Prime Video

The Swedish prog-metal band returns with its first LP since 2016's Sorceress. A two-CD set includes an English-language version of the album in addition to the primary Swedish-language version.

LISTEN: "Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör" / "Heart In Hand"

Album coverPixies
Beneath the Eyrie
September 13 (Infectious) Prime Video

The alt-rock legends return with the third album from their recent, Kim Deal-less revival. Recorded last December with producer Tom Dalgety, the 12-song Eyrie follows 2016's Head Carrier.

WATCH: "Catfish Kate"
WATCH: "On Graveyard Hill"

Album coverIggy Pop
September 6 (Loma VIsta) Prime Video

The now-72-year-old rocker is having a busy 2019. In addition to appearing in Jim Jarmusch's recent film and launching a new coffee line (!), he'll publish a book of lyrics (’Til Wrong Feels Right) this October. In between comes this LP follow-up to 2016's Post Pop Depression, recorded with Leron Thomas and Noveller.

LISTEN: "Free"
LISTEN: "Sonali"
WATCH: "James Bond"

Album coverThe Replacements
Dead Man's Pop 4xCD+1xLP
September 27 (Rhino) Prime Video

The beloved 1980s alt-rock band fronted by Paul Westerberg released their best-selling album, Don't Tell a Soul, in 1989, but Westerberg and his bandmates were never happy with the album's overly polished sound. So they're giving it a makeover. The new box set Dead Man's Pop is highlighted by a completely different mix of that 1989 album by original producer Matt Wallace. Also included is a disc of rarities (featuring earlier studio versions of those album tracks, plus a handful of songs recorded with Tom Waits) and a two-disc live set recorded in June of 1989.

LISTEN: "Talent Show" (Dead Man's Pop version)

Album cover(Sandy) Alex G
House of Sugar
September 13 (Domino) Prime Video

Philly singer-songwriter Alexander Giannascoli follows his well-received 2017 set Rocket with this 13-song set—his eighth studio album this decade.

LISTEN: "Near"
WATCH: "Gretel"
WATCH: "Hope"
WATCH: "Southern Sky"

Album coverSturgill Simpson
Sound & Fury
September 27 (Elektra) Prime Video

The fourth album (“a sleazy, steamy rock ‘n’ roll record") from the acclaimed country artist is his first full-length release since his Grammy-winning 2016 set A Sailor's Guide to Earth. Like pretty much every country album these days (okay, like no other country album these days), the LP will be accompanied by a dystopian samurai anime film of the same name, which debuts on Netflix on the day of the album's release.

WATCH: "Sing Along"
WATCH: Sound & Fury movie trailer

Album coverTegan and Sara
Hey, I'm Just Like You
September 27 (Warner Bros.) Prime Video

Recorded with an all-women team, the sister duo's ninth album (which follows 2016's Love You To Death) finds them re-recording songs they originally wrote while in high school. The Quins will also release a memoir, High School, a few days prior to the album.

WATCH: "I'll Be Back Someday"
WATCH: Album trailer

Album coverTinariwen
September 6 (Anti/Epitaph) Prime Video

Recorded partially in an RV converted into a recorded studio in Morocco, Amadjar is the eighth album from the acclaimed Mali-based band. Guests include Cass McCombs, Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley, Micah Nelson, and Warren Ellis.

LISTEN: "Taqkal Tarha" (feat. Micah Nelson)
WATCH: "Kel Tinawen" (feat. Cass McCombs)

Album coverTwin Peaks
Lookout Low
September 13 (Grand Jury) Prime Video

The Chicago indie rockers return with an Ethan Johns-produced follow-up to their 2016 album Down in Heaven and a 2017 singles compilation.

LISTEN: "Ferry Song"
WATCH: "Dance Through It"

Album coverVivian Girls
September 20 (Polyvinyl) Prime Video

The divisive indie punk-rockers end a lengthy hiatus with their first album since 2011's Share the Joy. The Rob Barbato-produced Memory spans a dozen tracks. Polyvinyl will also re-release the band's out-of-print first and second albums alongside the new LP.

LISTEN: "Sick"
WATCH: "Something to Do"

Kanye West
Jesus Is King
September 27

After a busy early 2018 that saw Kanye release his album Ye, collaborate with Kid Cudi as Kids See Ghosts, and produce several other albums as part of his "Wyoming project," the rapper has been (relatively) quiet. But a recent tweet by wife Kim Kardashian suggested that a new 12-song album, Jesus Is King, will arrive at the end of the month. It is unclear whether this LP includes music originally targeted for his long-delayed album Yandhi or if it is a completely new and unrelated set—though it does include "Water," which he debuted at Coachella earlier this year.

Album coverChelsea Wolfe
Birth of Violence
September 13 (Sargent House) Prime Video

The singer-songwriter's latest album follows 2017's Hiss Spun. An acoustic tour follows the LP's release.

LISTEN: "The Mother Road"
WATCH: "American Darkness"
WATCH: "Be All Things"

Album coverYoung M.A.
Herstory in the Making
September 27 (M.A. Music) Prime Video

The Brooklyn rapper finally makes her full-length studio debut with this 21-song set that blends new and previously released tracks.

WATCH: "Bleed"
WATCH: "PettyWap"
WATCH: "PettyWap 2"
WATCH: "Stubborn Ass"

What are you looking forward to?

Which albums are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments section below, and visit our Album Release Calendar for a more complete listing of upcoming releases.


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