just when you thought 2022 couldn’t get any better…

… Arctic Monkeys announced their upcoming album, The Car. Completely out of nowhere, without even one leading single. (Well, at the time I’m writing this, they have indeed released “There’d Better Be a Mirrorball,” but the album announcement was completely unexpected.)

Though the leading single didn’t particularly surprise me, I’m still very much excited to see what Arctic Monkeys have been working on since 2018, when they dropped Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino. People that know me well know that their 2013 project, AM, defined my teenagehood, and is to this day one of my favorite albums of all time.

But not only Arctic Monkeys. Other artists I’ve been following eagerly in the past few years are finally making a comeback, while others continue releasing music as they’ve been doing for a while.

Lucy Loone announced “Whole Milk” and upcoming debut album Eat It Up

The name Lucy Loone might not ring a bell in many people’s heads. I wouldn’t know who she is either if it wasn’t for Melanie Martinez sharing one of Lucy’s tracks on her Instagram stories back in 2019.

Since then, I’ve been absolutely hooked on Lucy’s flow, harmonies and overall bloody-clown aesthetic. Her first mixtape Looney ended up becoming one of my favorite albums of that year. She then followed up on this effort with I Love Lucy EP in 2020.

Between some great and not-so-great tracks, Lucy is the quintessential Soundcloud artist, with raw, explicit tracks that are as shocking as they are enjoyable to listen to.

Eat It Up will represent a rite of passage for Lucy’s career, sort of like a test to see if she’s actually evolving into becoming an artist or if she’ll be stuck under the “Soundcloud” label for a little longer.

Don’t disappoint me, Lucy.

Taylor Swift: Meet Me at Midnight

It wasn’t until Taylor Swift dropped folklore in 2020 that I really started reconsidering her as a songwriter and an artist; and, although I didn’t catch up with all the latest Taylor’s Versions out there, I was looking forward to her next original release.

And here we are.

She’s announcing her thirteen-track project Midnights, or “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life,” which “will be out on October 21st. Meet me at midnight.” I wonder if it’s going to be a concept album, where all tracks are somehow connected to each other.

Though I would want her to continue focusing on the songwriting aspect of her songs rather than how much they could potentially sell (cough cough 1989 cough cough), I still wouldn’t want her to use the same formula that she used in folklore and evermore.

I leave it up to her to surprise me as she did with her latest music.

See you at midnight, Taylor.

RosalĂ­a & MotoMaMi Deluxe

Not satisfied with touring the whole world, RosalĂ­a is now announcing the deluxe version of MotoMaMi, featuring–I guess–a few more tracks that weren’t included in the first edition of the project.

While I was extremely disappointed by “DESPECHÁ,” I absolutely loved her collaboration with Romeo Santos in “El Pañuelo,” which melts flamenco and bachata, two equally sexy genres that sound great together.

RosalĂ­a never fails to remind me that she is a masterpiece in constant evolution: one week she drops a meaningless summer hit; the next a very thought-through, genre-bending featuring. I dare you name another artist who’s doing the same right now.

Curious to see what else will be included in MotoMaMi Deluxe when it drops. But in the meantime, I’ll see her at the Budweiser Stage of Toronto on September 23rd.

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