With end-of-year listomania receding and release schedules starting to get locked down for the coming year, it’s time to stop looking back and start looking forward at the the most exciting albums due out next year. We’ve started with a selection of 15 records that have definite (or pretty much definite) release dates, titles, etc. — mostly in the first three months of the year — and also included a more speculative look further forward at a selection of albums that are rumored to be dropping at some point in 2012. So far, we have to say that it’s shaping up to be an excellent year — bring on January!
Chromatics — Kill for Love (January, exact date TBD)
Chromatics are one of those bands who just haven’t released enough music — since their 2007 full-length album Night Drive, there’s been a trickle of singles and EPs, but fans (like us) have been thirsting for another proper record. Happily, it looks like our will be fulfilled with the promised release of Kill for Love — a double album, no less! The band’s Facebook page promises 13 tracks and 67 minutes, although the release date is yet to be finalized. Also: how much would She Who Shall Not Be Named like to be Ruth Radelet?