Music: The 8 most anticipated albums of 2023


L2022 is not the best vintage year. As for the superstars, Taylor Swift’s tale of sleepless nights disappointed us, as did Mylène Farmer’s sensual-techno comeback, Björk’s complex jungle cooking, the slightly boring ending piece overall from the Versailles Phoenix quartet… Only Stromae and Beyoncé gave us (musical) slaps. monumental, with their courage People and Renaissance (yes Queen B, planet of pop bow down, you have not lost your passion or your ability to make us dance).

On the young budding side, there’s no question of discrimination, but we have to admit it: all the new voices that have made headlines in the last twelve months have been female. The little British girls from Wet Leg charmed us with their eponymous first rock album (so sexy!), sweet November Ultra made our hearts feel better, Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul gave us the urge to rock. That’s good. But the list is short. So will 2023 catch up? Come on, crank up the volume (or plug in your headphones if you’re back at the office), here are our top eight.

Iggy Pop: rock’n’roll isn’t dead

Genre: punk-rock

Strengths: experience

The year got off to a strong start with the release of iguana’s very rock’n’roll twentieth album. At 75 years old, the Michigan native still has a “thirst for life”… Surrounded by rock’s finest musicians: Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Travis Barker (Blink -182 ), Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam), the late Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Eric Avery and Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers)… Only survivors of this genre! But these punk grandpas who shot to fame in the 1980s (OK, they weren’t that old, but we live fast and we die young in rock) prove to us that they haven’t been gathering dust.

Every Loser (released January 6 via Gold Tooth Records / Atlantic record)

Mownneskin: rhythm guitar

Genre: glam-rock

Strong point: scandal

The Italian quartet formed in Rome in 2016 has already made headlines by winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 and engaging in some illicit activity in public (how long was this ceremony!) or scratching its nose while leaning against a table – we will never know the truth. They too have been accused of plagiarism… But their energy on stage, their melodic efficiency, their precise and swift singer delivery and their seventies performance still conquered the world, a first for an Italian rock band. Consecration: they even convinced the first part of the Rolling Stones. Angelina Jolie and her daughters are fans. Their new album is produced by Max Martin’s hit machine in Los Angeles. Mama mia! That’s promising.

Hurry up! (released January 20 on RCA). In concert on March 13 at the Zénith de Paris.

Kerala Dust Journey

Gender : psychedelic krautrock

Strong point: The European Union is a strength

Based between Berlin and Zurich, this London trio put together a very European album, drenched in Central European influences and electronic music, recorded in two weeks in a studio located in the Swiss Alps. From a rare melancholy beauty, this finely arranged second album beats like a heart in slow motion, and takes us off the rails with misty blues guitars and synthesizers. To be heard in a sparkling bathroom.

Purple Drive (released February 17 on Play It Again Sam). In concert on March 18, 2023 at Trabendo, in Paris.

Gorillaz house crack

Gender : cannot be classified

Strong point: innovation

Our favorite great apes come out of their jungle again to give us ten amazing funk-electro-soul-hip-hop-funk-pop songs… Gorillaz, the most successful virtual band in the world (it’s even in the Guinness Book of Records thanks to 17 .3 million albums sold) released his eighth studio album with, as usual, successful collaborators (Thundercat, Tame Impala, Bad Bunny, Beck…). According to Noodle, one of four cartoon gorillas born to the roommates of Damon Albarn, the very active Blur singer, with Tank Girl designer Jamie Hewlett, in Notting Hill, 25 years ago, this work is “the voice of change and the collective chorus ”. Their most recent single, “Skinny Ape,” was the focus of an innovative, immersive show (at Times Square, New York on December 17, and Piccadilly Circus, London on December 18) in partnership with Google Labs, with the band members playing above the crowd. like a virtual giant.

Cracker Island (released on February 24 on Parlophone/WEA)

Kalika’s boiling album

Gender : pop

Strong point: sex

He sings of passion, body, sensuality, sex. With Eurodance synths, club beats and provocative lyrics, Kalika (another name for the Hindu goddess of preservation, transformation and destruction Kali) is the bomb about to blow the planet’s stage. At 23, the former candidate for New star has signed a duet contract with Yelle, another woman with sharp looks who is not afraid to play with gender codes and eroticize the masculine, with the very hot “Les Glaçons”. He should release his first album in March and will have a concert on June 16, 2023 at La Boule Noire.

Ride with Lana Del Rey

Gender : atmospheric pop

Highlights: Californian Glamor

The girl with long eyelashes lashing the expression of a sad doe, legendary author and interpreter of “Video Games”, released her ninth album produced by Jack Antonoff, with some promising performances such as Jon Batiste, Pastor John Misty or Tommy Genesis. At 37, the prolific Lana Del Rey has established herself as one of America’s great voices.

Did You Know There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean’s Blvd (released March 10 by Polydor)

Zaho de Sagazan made us dance

Gender : french pop

Strengths: originality

We find him at Bars en Trans in 2021, where he’s making the entire music scene squirm for new blood. Zaho de Sagazan is a singer-songwriter from Saint-Nazaire who screams enchanting siren melodies to techno compositions by a high school friend: Tom Geffray. Her serious call to dance had thrilled Hervé who had invited her to open his concert. However, he only released three songs! At 23 years old, this rough diamond still needs cutting, but promises to be brilliance.

MC Solaar taking over the microphone?

Gender : rap

Strong point: verbs

After a sudden comeback at the top of the charts with the re-release of his first four iconic albums, He who sows the wind will reap the tempo (1991), prose battle (1994), Heavenly (1997) and Surya MC (1998), untracked for nearly twenty years due to a dispute with Universal, Claude MC returned to the studio. At 53 years old, he is currently recording new songs which are expected to be released in 2022, six years after the success Geopolitics, certified platinum. But we are still waiting… Meanwhile, he is giving a series of concerts at the Philharmonie in Paris, in several cities in France, Belgium and Montreal, surrounded by the New Big Band Project, he is revisiting – with success – his greatest hits. Will this prove that it is not “Obsolete”?

And also… M83, Flavien Berger and Metallica will be swallowed up this spring. We’re still waiting for details on the new work from The National and Étienne Daho. Not to mention that Rihanna, star of this year’s Super Bowl, has us waiting R9For years.

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