Monarch Music Minute – Fall 2017 Preview Edition
Adam Flores | Senior Writer
Fall is upon us and as temperatures start to cool off, the music charts are on fire with new music. Check out these upcoming artist titles among the many new music releases through the fall holiday season as a continuation of your soundtrack to life.
“When Was the Last Time” by Darius Rucker (Oct. 20)
Charleston, South Carolina-native and former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker is set to release his fifth country album, “When Was the Last Time.” The singer-songwriter began work in January 2016 and released the lead single “If I Told You” to country radio back in July 2016 which reached No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart and No. 4 on the Hot Country chart. He recently released the second single, “For the First Time.”
“Pacific Daydream” by Weezer (Oct. 27)
According to frontman and guitarist Rivers Cuomo, Weezer’s 2016 “The White Album” was to be followed by its companion, “The Black Album.” This wasn’t the case as Cuomo and producer Butch Walker wrote material for “Pacific Daydream” that saw itself more modern-sounding than its antecedent. The band’s eleventh studio compilation sees itself as a conflation of Beach Boys meets The Clash as heard on current single releases “Feels Like Summer,” “Mexican Fender” and Beach Boys.”
“Beach House 3” by Ty Dolla $ign
Following his debut studio project, 2015’s “Free TC,” and September 2016’s “Campaign” mixtape, Ty Dolla $ign is staying busy announcing his sophomore studio effort, “Beach House 3.” The hip-hop/R&B rapper and singer-songwriter released pics and videos via social media back in April working with Future and Pharrell, presumably on new material. “Love U Better (feat. Lil Wayne and The-Dream)” and “So Am I (feat. Damian Marley and Skrillex)” are current glimpses of the 20-track collection.
“Unapologetically” by Kelsea Ballerini (Nov. 3)
Kelsea Ballerini is a newcomer to Nashville’s contemporary country music machine. After scoring big with her debut album, which contained the No. 1 country hit, “Peter Pan,” the 24-year-old was offered numerous hit-worthy material for her second effort, “Unapologetically.” She called dibs, however, on co-writing each new track. She’s already released the lead single “Legends,” the title track and other promotional singles “High School” and “I Hate Love Songs,” already being heard on country radio.
“Reputation” by Taylor Swift (Nov. 10)
Taylor Swift’s sixth studio album is perhaps the biggest current secret in popular music. After wiping her Instagram account clean in August, she revealed what we know will be “Reputation.” Her drama-driven diatribal lead single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” serves as her forced entry back into the pop-diva spotlight. After receiving a plethora of mixed reviews and revelations on the accompanying music video’s notions, pop music won’t be able to shake it off.
“Stranger” by Yung Lean (Nov. 10)
Swedish hip-hop rapper and singer Yung Lean continues the “sad boy saga” with “Stranger.” With recently-released singles “Red Bottom Sky” and “Hunting My Own Skin,” it appears he is heading in a poppier, brighter direction than his darker material within his first two albums, 2016’s “Warlord” and “Frost God.” Approaching American rap as an outsider, the Yung Stockholm rapper looks to recapitalize on his music prowess overcoming drug addiction and death of manager-mentor, Barron Machat.
“If All I Was Was Black” by Mavis Staples (Nov. 17)
In her eighth decade as a vocalist, Mavis Staples new 11-track collection, “If All I Was Was Black,” teams up with longtime friend, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. Both take on the current state of ongoing racial conflicts in America Staples knows all-too-well touring the gospel circuit in her younger years with The Staple Singers. “We didn’t make the songs point to a specific person. If you follow the lyrics it’s about yesterday and today,” Staples said.
“Low in High School” by Morrissey (Nov. 17)
The former frontman of English rock group The Smiths, “Low in High School” is Morrissey’s upcoming eleventh solo studio record. Heavy political sentiments fuel its theme as the English singer-songwriter and author views the music business as a controlled medium stifling artists with certain political opinions. Following 2014’s “World Peace Is None of Your Business,” he now paints a picture of hope in the Trump era with already released single, “Spent the Day in Bed.”
“Who Built the Moon?” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Nov. 24)
English rock band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will release their third studio album, “Who Built the Moon?” Though drummer Jeremy Stacey and guitarist Tim Smith have departed, former Oasis members Chris Sharrock and Gem Archer have filled the void, respectively, with Archer joining in the recording process. With “If Love Is the Law” and “Holy Mountain” in the setlist, Gallagher said, “It’s all about beautiful women, getting high, everything the f—in’ terrorists hate.”
“Songs of Experience” by U2 (Dec. 1)
U2’s aptly named new album is a companion to 2014’s “Songs of Innocence.” The past few years have seen the post-punk/alternative rock outfit in some distressing places from receiving harsh criticism for gifting every iTunes user with “Innocence” to frontman Bono’s extensive recovery from a bicycle accident in November 2014. Also, Bono’s “brush with mortality” last year has fueled their classic formula to be heard on “Experience” such as tenacious guitar rockers and introspective ballads.