New music: Albums being released in February 2023, from Shania Twain to RAYE

Shania Twain (left), RAYE (right) (Handout)
Shania Twain (left), RAYE (right) (Handout)

Want to keep up with the best new album releases? Look no further!

Consider this your essential monthly album calendar — where we will run down the most unmissable albums of each month of 2023, so you don’t miss a thing.

February 3

RAYE - My 21st Century Blues

Freshly embarked onto her first independent venture, RAYE is feeling liberated and with good reason. Since parting ways with label Polydor, RAYE has changed artistic route, showing her R&B abilities in her latest single Escapism, which hit number one in the UK and became her first track to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100. Free to experiment with new sounds, her debut studio album (which still feels strange to say considering she’s almost ten years into her career) promises to show a more intimate, vulnerable side of the singer.

Shania Twain - Queen of Me

Country music legend Shania Twain has the unique ability of translating the sound of Nashville to international markets that few others have managed to perfect. Giddy Up, the first single from her sixth studio album, proved that thirty years into her career, she still has what it takes to get a hoedown started. And there are UK tour dates coming.

Young Fathers – Heavy Heavy

The Mercury Award-winning Edinburgh-based trio Young Fathers gear up to release their fourth studio album, and their first since 2018’s Cocoa Sugar received critical acclaim. The Scottish indie-rockers gave us a first taste of the new project back in July, with their track Geronimo. In a statement they said: “It’s a track about contrast, because life is contrast – pushing through, giving up, all at the same time. Wanting everything and then wanting nothing, then wanting everything again.”

February 10

Kelela – RAVEN

It’s odd to think that up until this year, her critically acclaimed 2017 debut album Take Me Apart was Kelela’s only studio project. That’s changing with RAVEN. Kelela has already described the new album as a reaction to her feeling alone as a black femme working in dance music, and with an array of exciting producers working on the project, including Grammy Award-winning producer Kaytranda, she looks certain to build on the success of her debut.

Paramore – This Is Why

It’s hard to believe that from their humble high school beginnings, Paramore would become the centrepiece of the pop/punk-rock scene. Much of the band were in their mid-teens when their debut album, All We Know Is Falling, was released – lead singer Hayley Williams was only 16 at the time. Yet, here we are, almost 20 years after their formation, the Ain’t It Fun hit-makers are awaiting a sixth studio album This Is Why. Still dominating the pop-punk agenda, and with the additional fanfare factor of their current headline world tour (as well as opening for Taylor Swift’s impending Era’s Tour) 2023 is shaping up nicely for the trio.

Tennis – POLLEN

Husband and wife duo Tennis first came onto the scene in 2011, with their debut album Cape Dory. The couple have since explored their indie-pop sound on multiple projects over the years, and are set to release their sixth studio album POLLEN through their label Mutually Detrimental. The group said the album is about “small things with big consequences: a particle, a moment, a choice.” The group have already released dreamy lead track One Night with the Valet in the run-up to their new album, giving fans lots to be excited about. The group will also be in London on February 14-15 at Islington Music Hall.

Yo La Tengo This Stupid World

Indie-rock band Yo La Tengo are gearing up for their seventeenth studio album – yes, you read that right. The group’s first came out in 1986, and since then the group have been one of the drivers of indie-pop. With this album announcement, and track Fallout coming from the upcoming release, the band is also embarking on a UK/US tour, stopping in London on April 14.

February 14

Caroline Polachek – Desire, I Want To Turn Into You

American singer-songwriter Caroline Polachek has been teasing her forthcoming studio album since 2021, with the critically acclaimed track Bunny Is A Rider followed up by 2022 singles Billions, Sunset and Welcome to My Island. Now fans can finally get excited with release slated for Valentine’s Day – we’ll assume there’s a lot to love in this new project.

February 17

P!nk – Trustfall

P!nk has been at the forefront of pop-rock since the early noughties, and it’s safe to say her sound has grown and matured over that time. Her upcoming ninth studio album Trustfall sees her work again with her long-timecollaborators Max Martin and Shellback, and while there’s very little information on the album currently available – the sound of its lead single Never Gonna Not Dance Again suggests P!nk has departed from her recent pop-folk heard in her Cover Me In Sunshine release, and is returning to a more mainstream sound.

February 24th

Adam Lambert – High Drama

Adam Lambert’s fifth studio album marks the first covers album for the singer, who has already released a cover of Duran Duran’s Ordinary World. With additional covers of hits like Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out For A Hero and Billie Eilish’s Getting Older, it will be interesting to see where Lambert can take these tracks, and whether he can make them his own.

Gorillaz – Cracker Island

Gorillaz’s hotly anticipated eighth studio album has been in the works since 2020, and with some huge collaborations on the cards, including a track featuring Bad Bunny, Cracker Island is shaping up to be one of the most exciting releases of 2023. Other collaborators include Tame Impala, Beck, Stevie Nicks, Bootie Brown and Thundercat. The album is the band’s first since 2020’s Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez. The London-quartet have played with their sound ever since they formed back in 1998, and with their new album dropping just as the festival season starts to gear up (the band are booked for Coachella already) – fans should expect to sing along to their new material this summer.

Logic – College Park

Although Logic released his seventh studio album Vinyl Days only last year, the rapper has kept himself busy and managed to put together his eighth studio album in under a year – quite the feat considering his 2022 offering was full of huge collaborations, including Royce da 5’9. The Game, Russ and Wiz Khalifa. The quick turnaround isn’t by mistake – the rapper wanted to leave his contract with label Def Jam, and put together Vinyl Days in just twelve days to do so. With the rapper now free to experiment, it will be interesting to see what his first independent release will produce.

The Lathums - From Nothing to A Little Bit More

The Lathums only dropped their UK number one debut album in 2021. Since then, they have become one of the biggest rising bands in indie-rock. Following the success of their debut, the band have teased From Nothing to a Little Bit More with singles including Sad Face Baby, Say My Name and Struggle. With an end of February release, the band will be hopeful they can live up to their early success.