Bubbling under for more than a year, NYC ukelele grrrl duo the Prettiots finally release their debut album, featuring great songs about ex-boyfriends and suicidal tendencies. “On a scale of one to Plath, I’m like, a four,” sings Kay Kasparhauser.
Funs Cool is released on 5 February on Rough Trade
The rumour mill is spinning like a wonderful, crazy top for this upbeat 32nd Elton album; media reports suggest many in the singer’s close circle have departed and that Elton’s now-former label, Capitol, passed on it.
Wonderful Crazy Night is released 5 February on Mercury Records
She has already won a 2014 Grammy for a guest spot on a Zedd tune, and on a No 1 album with Rudimental. Last seen in an H&M ad campaign, homegrown pop starlet Foxes makes a concerted bid for her own big time with her second album, All I Need.
Out 5 Feb on Sony; Foxes’ UK tour starts 26 Feb
Dour Mancunians Money have just released a new album, Suicide Songs, more expansive than their debut – strings, brass and the Indian dilruba combine to leaven the emotive payload. They’re around all month.
Tour starts 10 Feb, ends 23 Feb
Tame Impala tour
TI’s recent album, Currents, only magnified the Australian psych band’s appeal: adding tunes that stirred glistening funk into the band’s heady swirl. Even groovier live than on record, the five-strong touring band drop by for three shows in Manchester and London.
Tour stars 11 Feb, ends 13 Feb
Malian superstar Rokia Traoré tackles the anguish of refugees caught up in the conflicts in west Africa in the company of producer John Parish, John Paul Jones, Toni Morrison and Devendra Banhart. Né So, the title of her sixth album, means “home”.
Né So is out on Nonesuch on 12 Feb
One of 2015’s most intriguing pop revelations, Ashley Frangipane, brings her New Americana to these shores; Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd are fans.
Tour starts 19 February, ends 23 February
Their kaleidoscopic November single, FloriDada, recently spawned a video that risked triggering photosensitive epilepsy. Hopes are high for AnCo’s new record, Painting With, which features three core members and collaborations with John Cale and sax player Colin Stetson.
Cavern of Anti-Matter
Having released a number of below-the-radar cuts in years past, COAM – alias Tim Gane of Stereolab, cult drummer Joe Dilworth and Holger Zapf on synths – have a whole album’s worth of warm analogue loveliness.
Void Beats / Invocation Trex is out 19 Feb on Duophonic Records
Wayward psychedelic Brooklyn duo Prince Rama – sisters Taraka and Niami Larson – are readying a new album, Xtreme Now, which mixes extreme sports, art and “time dilation” (as you do).