February was all about Prisoner for me, despite what Pitchfork said about it (but I guess for Pitchfork, this review is pretty good,) but March is up in the air regarding what album I'm going to be obsessed with. There are a couple contenders, but really I just want the new Sylvan Esso album to come out right now (but it's due out April 28).
Ed Sheeran, Divide: "Shape of You" is growing on me but I wasn't a huge fan of it when I first heard it. It actually releases today! (March 3,) and is Sheeran's third studio album. It's gotten pretty good reviews so far too.
Laura Marling, Semper Femina: Marling's follow up to Short Movie is released on her own label, More Alarming, and comes out March 10. It sounds like this is kind of a concept album for her. This is what she said in Pitchfork: "I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing
about a woman,” Marling said in a press release. “And then I thought
it’s not a man, it’s me — I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify
the intimacy of the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me
looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them and
by proxy towards myself."
The Shins, Heartworms: Just when you think the Shins are done and James Mercer is doing another Broken Bells album (which I really hope he and Danger Mouse do in the future,) he comes out with another Shins album. This is their fifth studio album but you would think it's their eigth or ninth with how much music they put out and how relevant their music still is in the media. I did think Port of Morrow was a little on the safe side but now that I keep listening to it, I don't think that anymore - they've been pretty consistent and I think this one is going to be just as awesome. They've released two songs from the album already - "Name for You" (my favorite of the two,) and "Dead Alive". The album also comes out March 10.