New month, new music.
February brought us incredible releases with the bands Gorillaz, Inhaler, Colony House, and Paramore all dropping new albums.
Now, we eagerly await the brand new music these artists have ready to launch. Let's see what the industry has in store for month number three of 2023.
Kali Uchis - Red Moon In Venus
March 3rd, 2023
Colombian American singer Kali Uchis announced this album in January of 2023, stating that "finishing touches" were being made to the album. This will be Uchis' third studio album, preceded by Isolation and Sin Miedo. The single "I Wish You Roses" was released in January of this year and is likely to be a part of Red Moon In Venus. Uchis also released the single "Moonlight" in late February.
"Red Moon in Venus is a timeless, burning expression of desire, heartbreak, faith, and honesty, reflecting the divine femininity of the moon and Venus." - Uchis on the subject of the album, per Consequence.
The album drops tomorrow and will certainly be on our radar.
The Cold Stares - Voices
March 8th, 2023
A local rock band, The Cold Stares of Evansville, IN are releasing their album "Voices" on the 8th. Members Chris Tapp and Brian Mullins have released five studio albums, with this upcoming album to be their sixth. The band's hit song, "Mojo Hand," was featured in the release trailer for the video game Cyberpunk 2077 which also features the famous actor Keanu Reeves. Their song "Suffer Me" is also featured in the game.
In an interview with magazine V13, this is what guitarist-singer Chris Tapp had to say when asked about their upcoming release.
“We made the album with Mark Needham in Nashville at Shannon Forrest’s studio. We had a great time, two days basically running the tracks live in a room. A few of the songs, ‘Ghost,’ ‘Throw That Stone,’ ‘Sorry I Was Late,’ were done at my studio in Indiana. We had a great time, smooth and easy. We’ve worked with Mark Needham before so had a great idea of how things would flow before we started.” per V13.
When a producer with the pedigree of Mark Needham is working with you, something is sure to click. This album is something to watch out for (we definitely will be.)
Manchester Orchestra - The Valley of Vision
March 9th, 2023
Famous indie rock band Manchester Orchestra has been around since 2004 and has released a continuous stream of music for its loyal fan base. Their last album release, The Million Masks of God, was released in late April of 2021, which makes it close to two years since the band dropped a full album. Manchester Orchestra has recently collaborated with artists such as Michigander, Briston Maroney, Local Natives, and Dirty Projectors. The band dropped the single "Capital Karma" in late February of this year in preparation for the new addition to their discography.
In an interview with Stereogum this is what lead vocalist Andy Hull stated about the upcoming project.
“None of these songs were written with the band being in the same room in a live setting,” Hull continued. “They were really like science experiments that started from the bottom and were added to gradually over time. We’re intrigued by doing things the wrong way, or attempting things we haven’t done before and getting inspired by them.” - Andy Hull on The Valley of Visions.
The album releases doubles as a virtual reality short film project, both being released on March 9th. A watch party on the band's YouTube channel will take place for the film.
M83 - Fantasy
March 17th, 2023
Known most notably for their critically-acclaimed track "Midnight City," the band M83 is dropping its ninth studio album, the first since DSVII in 2019. The tracklist has already been released for the upcoming album, which is not uncommon, but the inspiration behind the project is the focal point for the band.
Frontman Anthony Gonzalez had this to say in an interview with NME:
“I wanted to come back with an album that had a band feel,” Gonzalez explained. “The idea was to make music in a room with musicians and jam around and see what happened.” per an interview with NME.
He continued: “We gathered in a room every day, and we just created music. At the end, we had enough material to turn all these jams into an album. I really wanted to create an album that plays well live and translates well on stage. It was about going back to my roots, which is more shoegaze-y, guitar-like, ‘80s sound.”