Compared to January and February, making this month's "10 New Albums to Listen to" list was a challenge. Why? Because so many stellar artists are putting out new records this month! We wanted to include every single cool musician on this list (All Time Low and 100 Gecs have LPs out this month!) but hey...we're all about the best of the best here at Live365. We make top-notch Top 10 lists after all, so we knew we'd have to get a little picky.
You want quality, right? You want to know the absolute best, totally-can't-miss-out-on-these albums coming out, correct? Well, we're serving you up with our anticipated faves. Faves we know you're going to absolutely love.
March is going to be chock full of extremely long-awaited debuts, albums that see their artists go "back to their roots," and other awesome stuff in-between. We hope you're doing your spring cleaning now, because you're going to have to make room on your shelf for these new records. As per usual, all of the albums below are listed in order of release date. Mark your calendar for these 10 LPs you absolutely can't miss in March!
1. Red Moon in Venus - Kali Uchis
Our Colombian American R&B queen is back, and this time, she's putting out an English-language album that promises to be luminous, emotional, and even a bit astrological. Uchis' third studio album comes shortly after the release of her 2020 Spanglish record Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios). Her new project, titled Red Moon in Venus, was recorded during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and will feature guest appearances from Omar Apollo, Don Toliver. and Summer Walker.
The record came out on March 3, previewed by two singles from the record: the euphoric "I Wish You Roses" and the super sultry "Moonlight." On the album's vibe, she's told Consequence, "Red Moon in Venus is a timeless, burning expression of desire, heartbreak, faith, and honesty, reflecting the divine femininity of the moon and Venus."
2. Endless Summer Vacation - Miley Cyrus
With the monster success of her self-love anthem "Flowers," we're very excited to see how Miley Cyrus has grown with her upcoming eighth studio album Endless Summer Vacation! Due for release on March 10, it will be her first record with Columbia (and her own label Smiley Miley) after leaving RCA in 2020.
Cyrus describes Endless Summer Vacation as her "love letter" to Los Angeles, where she recorded all 12 tracks of the project. She worked with producers including Kid Harpoon, Tyler Johnson, Greg Kurstin, and Mike Will Made It. The latter of whom has contributed to her projects Bangerz (2013), Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (2015), and She Is Coming (2019).
3. Fantasy - M83
French electronic band M83 has returned, and for their ninth studio album, they're putting out something that promises guitar band vibes. It's called Fantasy, and will be released on March 17. Member Anthony Gonzalez worked on the album throughout 2021 with bandmate Joe Berry and producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen. He explained to NME he wanted a "band feel" and to "make music in a room with musicians and jam around and see what happened," which made "enough material to turn all these jams into an album."
Gonzalez further called the album "a gift to [him]self" made "without the pressure of selling records" as he rejected commerciality after the mega success of 2011's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. The album will also focus on "the interplay of guitars and synths," which Gonzalez felt is "closer to the energy" of the band's earlier album, Before the Dawn Heals Us (2005). After listening to their latest single, "Oceans Niagara," we definitely think this is going to be the most atmospheric, blissful, mature, and yes...fantastical LP of theirs yet.
4. V - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Double albums seem to be the trend these days, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra is hopping on the bandwagon. V is the upcoming fifth studio album from the New Zealand band, and is scheduled to be released on March 17. We're not quite sure what will come after this record to fulfill the "double album" requirements, but we do know this project was influenced by "West Coast AOR, classic hits, weirdo pop and Hawaiian Hapa-haole music." It was created in Palm Springs, California and Hilo, Hawaii. The album's performers include Ruban Nielson and his brother, Kody. It also features their father, saxophonist and flutist Chris Nielson, and longtime Unknown Mortal Orchestra member Jacob Portrait.
Shockingly enough, the band has been releasing singles from this LP since the summer of 2021. We've heard the tracks "Weekend Run," "That Life," "I Killed Captain Cook," "Layla," and "Nadja" so far, and will be getting 9 more songs once the project is released. Uncut Magazine has already given the album a 9 out of 10 rating. So yeah...we have very high hopes for V.
5. Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds) - Yves Tumor
We've been keeping our eye on Yves Tumor and their music for a while, and we're so ecstatic to get a bigger whiff of the experimental artists' fifth studio album: Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds). The album is out March 17 and features production from Noah Goldstein and was mixed by Alan Moulder.
The single "Echolia" contains Tumor's signature bassy groove and swagger, while the opening track of the record, "God Is a Circle," is unafraid to get unholy in feel. We can't wait to chew on (not consume) this upcoming LP.
6. Memento Mori - Depeche Mode
We are so stoked to see the blazing comeback of Depeche Mode. Recently, they've announced their first new tour in five years (which they've since expanded), have performed on Colbert, had a prominent feature on HBO's The Last of Us, and are attached to the lineup of Primavera Sound. But everyone is waiting for their fifteenth studio album, Memento Mori. It's set to be released on March 24.
The album was produced by James Ford and Marta Salogni and will be the first Depeche Mode record to be released after the death of keyboardist Andy Fletcher. Memento Mori has been preceded by the single "Ghosts Again." It's incredibly dark and wonderfully uplifting at the same time, with tight guitar and synth production. These guys are the masters, and we're so happy to see them in the spotlight once again.
7. So Much (for) Stardust - Fall Out Boy
With Paramore releasing their comeback record last month, we can't wait to see what fellow emo band Fall Out Boy does on March 24. The group cryptically teased So Much (for) Stardust back in December 2022, but didn't release the album's first single, "Love From the Other Side," until January 2023. The album reunites the band with producer Neal Avron, who last produced Folie à Deux (2008), and also marks the band's return to their original record label Fueled By Ramen, which last released the band's debut, Take This to Your Grave (2003).
"Love From the Other Side" feels like a sacred return to the band's roots, and "Heartbreak Feels So Good" feels like a mix of old and new from the group. On this record's creation, Patrick Stump has said, "Technology has made it really easy to make records much more quickly these days. There’s nothing wrong with that, and that spontaneity can be exciting...But we wanted to get back to the way we used to work. We wanted to make a record that was really lovingly crafted and deliberate and patiently guided – like someone cooked you a delicate meal. I’m not a very proud guy, but I’m pretty proud of this record."
8. Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd - Lana Del Rey
NEW LANA DEL REY ERA INCOMING! Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd is going to be Del Rey's ninth studio effort. It was produced by Lana herself, as well as Mike Hermosa, Jack Antonoff, Drew Erickson, Zach Dawes, and Benji. Established musicians such as Jon Batiste, Bleachers, Father John Misty, Tommy Genesis, SYML, and Riopy will make appearances.
This album has been preceded with the title track, as well as the song "A&W." Both have such dimensional, classic feels to them. Both singles were also met with lots of critical acclaim, with "A&W" being named "Best New Track" by Pitchfork. Let's face it: Lana Del Rey never fails to deliver. We haven't listened to it yet, and we already know this LP is going to slay.
9. The Record - boygenius
If you're looking for the Powerpuff Girls or Charlie's Angels of the indie music industry right now...that would be boygenius. This supergroup trio is comprised of the one and only Phoebe Bridgers, confessional songwriter Julien Baker, and the ever-talented Lucy Dacus. The band has been around since 2018, but they're finally releasing their debut album – aptly titled The Record – on March 31.
On January 18, boygenius announced the album, along with the release of three lead singles: "$20," "Emily I'm Sorry," and "True Blue." On March 1, the trio released the album's fourth single "Not Strong Enough," along with an accompanying music video edited by Bridgers' brother Jackson Bridgers. In the time since the three ladies have come back together, they've all released stellar solo albums – Little Oblivions by Baker, Punisher by Bridgers, and Home Video by Dacus. Put simply, these women truly know how to make a great LP. So we have undeniable faith that The Record is going to be THE record of the year.
10. In Pieces - Chlöe
In Pieces may be one of the most highly-anticipated debut albums of the year. After all, Chlöe has been in the limelight for a while: coasting off the success of Chloe x Halle with her sister, Halle Bailey. While we're saddened by the break in Chloe x Halle, we're even more excited to see the older sister finally go solo! Especially after two bomb singles: the pop banger "Pray It Away" and the amped-up R&B romp "How Does It Feel."
In Pieces came about due to Halle's big stint in the live-action adaptation of Disney's The Little Mermaid. "My sister went to London to film her movie for seven or eight months, and it was so hard being without her," Chlöe told Billboard. "That is when I started creating my project. I found my confidence — like, 'OK, you can do this now.' I always have my sister’s support, and she will always have mine, no matter what we do together or individually." In Pieces will be out on March 31.
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