All Aboard the Hype Train: Anticipated Release 2019

I keep forgetting when things come out and my journal page of new releases is full (I am in the process of transitioning to a new journal) so I need a place to keep them.

Clairo - Immunity
85
Hope: Thoughtful, melancholic pop in the same vein as 'Bags'

Fear: Follows her weak EP and falls into the industry plant trap.

Hope prevails!
Bon Iver - i,i
88
Hope: Justin pushes herself to a productive space that feels sentimental instead of cheesy

Big Fear: He loses the balance between indulgence and introspection and creates an album that feels hokey

Big fears quashed; hope wins again!
Marika Hackman - Any Human Friend
78
Hope: Maintains the queer, sadboy inspired indie-rock vibes of her earlier work but is a more unified object.

Fear: A regurgitated, not as polished version of her wonderful 2017 album, I'm Not Your Man.

Hope wins!! 2019 is turning itself around!
Infinity Crush - Virtual Heaven
58
Hope: A strong female singer-songwriter debut that keeps up the openness of her early singles.

Fear: A sound that doesn't have enough personality to keep an entire album engaging.

Fear takes this one
Blanck Mass - Animated Violence Mild
77
Hope: Filthy loud noises that still make me wanna dance

Fear: Too scary for my soft ears

Meh, more hope than fear but it could've been so much more
Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won't Hold
62
Hope: We are all wrong and Janet was just being a wad

Fear: Janet was right...

No one was right and everything was kind of boring
Shura - forevher
79
Hope: A Cute 80s-tinged pop record that continues to have relatable lyrics and catchy melodies

Fear: A little too focused on being sexy rather than good songwriting

Neither, unexpected wins! Shura did a surprisingly good job at pushing her sound in a new direction while keeping the quality high.
Ryan Benis - Goof
Hope: Fun meme music by one of AOTY's sparkling gems

Fear: Not fun meme music by one of AOTY's sparkling gems
Jay Som - Anak Ko
Hope: I would settle for something even close to Everybody Works. The album art is unbelievably gorgeous and she was incredible live.

Fear: She isn't able to push her bedroom pop sound to the same expansive levels (small fear.)
Taylor Swift - Lover
Hope: Not the old Taylor, not whatever the new Taylor is, just something that feels genuine and open.

Fear: Reputation 2, 1989 2 (1990?), or a copy of anything she has done.
Tropical Fuck Storm - Braindrops
Hope: Like a gentle acid rain that burns through your ears

Fear: Unbridled noise
Joyero - Release the Dogs
Hope: Wye Oak with more drumming!

Fear: Wye Oak with less Jenn Wasner.
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell
Hope: The album continues to focus on Lana's voice and pushes her nostalgic vibe to new spaces. Happy all of the singles are on there, I am also happy to see that the album art is a little more whimsical than the previous image.

Fear: The clever and tacky cover belies a more serious and weighted project
Black Belt Eagle Scout - At the Party With My Brown Friends
Hope: Compelling storytelling indie rock that continues to push BBES to a wider audience

Fear: A little sleepy, run-of-the-mill indie album
Pharmakon - Devour
Hope: The feeling of being eaten from the inside out

Fear: The feeling of being eaten from the outside in (I guess regular consumption?)
Parsnip - When The Tree Bears Fruit
Hope: Fun and easy 60s pop with a childish curiosity

Fear: Childish music
Lower Dens - The Competition
Hope: More of the 80s synthpop magic that continues to subvert gender and genre

Fear: A derivative album that feels rooted in the past than pushing music forward
MUNA - Saves the World
Hope: An album perfect for my John Hughes party

Fear: Just another synth-pop album without the emotive edge of their first album
Bat For Lashes - Lost Girls
Hope: Something light and fun! My girl Natasha has released four very heavy albums; I want her to let her snakes down and have some fun!

Fear: No fears, I trust Bat For Lashes
Kindness - Something Like a War
Hope: Robyn-esque house music that leans towards the poppier side of the club

Fear: A Robyn B-Sides
Frankie Cosmos - Close It Quietly
Hope: She writes music longer than 3 minutes

Fear: The album feels like every other Frankie Cosmos project; I have no faith in Greta Kline so this one is here with the greatest apprehension
The Highwomen - The Highwomen
Hope: An unexpected surprise of strong country ladies coming together to release energetic music

Fear: boyaverage (s/o to JohnLouisHoward for coining that term, I laughed out loud when I first read that)
(Sandy) Alex G - House of Sugar
Hope: Potential AOTY, (Sandy) Alex G continues to play with these storybook images to discuss the transition into adulthood

Fear: The two singles were a total fluke (very small fear)
Charli XCX - Charli
Hope: A Post-Pop 2 sounds with a Pop 2 level of inventiveness

Fear: She focuses too much on the contemporary moment in pop rather than the next moment in pop
Chelsea Wolfe - Birth Of Violence
Hope: I haven't fallen in love with this band, but I like the vibe and I am hopeful

Fear: I continue not to vibe with the band and I lose hope
Alex Cameron - Miami Memory
Hope: Cutting lyrics and strong melodies. I really love the album art

Fear: Forgettable and a caricature of his earlier work
Devendra Banhart - Ma
Hope: Freak-folk master releases another dreamy collection of tunes

Fear: Performative freak-folk that has nothing new or engaging
Long Beard - Means To Me
Hope: Japanese Breakfast mixed with a little DIIV. Her first single really got me excited

Fear: Too referential to other indie rockers in her field
Jenny Hval - The Practice Of Love
Hope: Jenny keeps her weird attitude but continues to play with accessible pop music and her weird lyrics

Fear: She goes too deep into accessible pop, losing some of her spooky charm (small fear)
Twin Peaks - Lookout Low
Hope: Another searing rock album that leaves me wanting to dance and kick things

Fear: Unable to capture the energy of their previous music and releases something too chill
Chastity Belt - Chastity Belt
Hope: I want the girls to succeed! You can do it, girls!

Fear: They don't strike the same balance of punk and pop and the music isn't relatable.
Vivian Girls - Memory
Hope: The comeback we weren't expecting?

Fear: They aren't able to update their sound to a contmporary quality
Vagabon - All the Women in Me
Hope: She keeps experimenting with her production and pushing her sound to its full potential

Fear: The songs beyond the singles all sound the same and the album feels repetitive
Sui Zhen - Losing, Linda
Hope: Honestly I have little expectations, I love 'Perfect Place' so I am going to keep watching what they do. Also, Losing, Linda is a pretty fantastic title

Fear: It isn't as weird as the single and the album art imply
Tegan and Sara - Hey, I'm Just Like You
Hope: Hey, they are just like me!

Fear: These were songs written by teens that should have been kept in their diary
Actress - Karma and Desire
Hope: Groovy fun electronic music that slaps

Fear: uninteresting or lazy beats
DIIV - Deceiver
Hope: You can tell they have stopped shooting heroin because it sounds sooo much better

Fear: You can tell they have stopped shooting heroin because it sounds sooo much worse
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
Hope: Mom releases another perfect album

Fear: Um, maybe it's too good?
Anna Meredith - FIBS
Hope: 2 for 2 AOTY (Varmints is my AOTY for 2016)

Fear: The sounds hurt my head, and not in an engaging way
Caroline Polachek - Pang
Hope: AOTY contender, I've been a fan of Caroline Polachek since she started with Chairlift (who remembers the Apple commercial with the Chairlift song!) I hope this album (the singles are so promising) is finally the debut she has always been able to make

Fear: Nothing matches the quality of the released singles and she fails to live up to her potential
FKA twigs - LP2
Hope: An album that finally convinces me to try pole dancing

Fear: It never comes out
Grimes - Miss_Anthrop0cene
Hope: Grimes comes through and releases another spectacular pop record

Fear: Her personal drama impacts the quality of music and she becomes known as Elon Musk's girlfriend
Sheer Mag - A Distant Call
Hope: They produce something that shows off their excellent songwriting and strong lead singer

Fear: They don't diversify their sound and the songs repetitive
Tove Lo - Sunshine Kitty
Hope: Trash Princess can funnel the whimsey and humor of her music videos into a proper album. 'Glad He's Gone' is one of my favorite music videos in a long time.

Fear: It is another inconsistent, half-fun drug bender by an artist who has good ideas!
Big Thief - Two Hands
Hope: Where UFOF was celestial and magic, I want Two Hands to feel grounded and earthy.

Fear: Adrianne Lenker fatigue kicks in and it all starts to sound the same.
Kim Gordon - No Home Record
Hope: Sonic Youth mama keeps up the weird noise!

Fear: The album's noisy atmosphere congeals and sounds flat. Kim Gordon is a god, this is a small fear
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1d
hey I just found this list. this is a great format. I really like what you did with this.
1w
also i'm 100% doing this for next years hype list
1w
This is so bizzare to see Goof on here, but let's hope hope prevails!
1w
my money is on hope!
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