10 Albums to Look Forward to in July 2023

From our favorite artists who have been delivering killer albums for years to the rising musicians just starting to break through, these are the ten albums to look forward to in July 2023.

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Local Natives: Time Will Wait For No One
Release Date: July 7

Set to release on July 7, 2023, via Loma Vista Recordings, Time Will Wait For No One marks the highly anticipated fifth studio album from American indie rock band Local Natives. The album emerged “during a time of metamorphosis for us. Former selves melting away as some of us became fathers, endured periods of isolation, loss, and identity crisis. The highs and lows we were feeling at the same time were so extreme.”

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PJ Harvey: Inside the Old Year Dying
Release Date: July 7

Set to be released on July 7, 2023, via Partisan Records, I Inside the Old Year Dying is the highly anticipated tenth studio album from acclaimed English singer-songwriter and musician PJ Harvey. Following her previous album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, released in 2016, Harvey returns with a collection of new material that showcases her profound artistry. Serving as both producer and collaborator alongside Flood and John Parish, Harvey drew inspiration from her epic poem Orlam, infusing the album with a sense of searching, first love, and seeking meaning.

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Far Caspian: The Last Remaining Light
Release Date: July 14

Set to release on July 14, 2023, via Tiny Library Records, The Last Remaining Light marks the highly anticipated third studio album from British indie rock band Far Caspian. The album is expected to capture a pivotal period of personal and professional growth for the group. The lead single, ‘The Last Remaining Light,’ released on March 10, 2023, received acclaim for its dreamy and atmospheric sound, coupled with poignant lyrics. The Last Remaining Light is expected to be a captivating and emotionally resonant album that encapsulates the band’s personal evolution over the past few years.


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MisterWives: Nosebleeds
Release Date: July 14

MisterWives’ fourth studio album, Nosebleeds, is set for release on July 14, 2023, via Photo Finish Records and Resilient Little Records. Follow-up to 2020’s Superbloom, the album promises to showcase a heavier sound compared to their previous works after the loss of a bandmate during the pandemic and vocalist Mandy Lee’s divorce. “The changes in my life are what caused the music to follow. It’s been incredibly liberating — both sonically and visually — to give ourselves permission to change, to grow, and to not feel stuck within the confines of what might be expected from us and what’s been our comfort zone. We are all multifaceted and never one thing and I hope that’s the biggest takeaway for anyone who has noticed the change.”


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Release Date: July 14

The follow-up to 2020’s Use Me, EVERGREEN is set to arrive on July 14 via Hopeless Records. Lyndsey Gunnulfsen is on record as calling the album “a reclamation of control in our post-pandemic culture, posing a complex discussion on fame, technology, spectacle, and female autonomy.” She continues, “If you search the definition of ‘evergreen,’ you will find words like: enduring, timeless, fresh, unlimited, and renewal. In our modern culture where everything is online, algorithm-based, and instantaneous, it feels like timelessness, longevity, and connection could someday become dying concepts. More than ever, PVRIS has, and always will be anti-formula, anti-virality, and anti-instant gratification.”

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Various Artists: Barbie: The Album
Release Date: July 21

The Barbie soundtrack is a compilation album set for release on July 21, 2023, the same day as the movie arrives in theaters worldwide. The soundtrack is said to be a “celebration of female empowerment” and will feature a mix of pop, dance, and hip-hop tracks. The album features a star-studded lineup of artists, including Charli XCX, Dominic Fike, Dua Lipa, Haim, Ice Spice, Karol G, Lizzo, Nicki Minaj, Tame Impala, and more.


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Blur: The Ballad of Darren
Release Date: July 21

Scheduled for release on July 21, 2023, The Ballad of Darren marks the highly anticipated ninth studio album by the renowned English rock band, Blur. The album is set to be released under the labels Parlophone and Warner Records and was produced by James Ford at Studio 13 in London and Devon. Notably, this album represents Blur’s first release since their 2015 album The Magic Whip. Deviating from their previous pattern by not being produced by their longstanding collaborator Stephen Street, the album is their shortest record to date, clocking in at a concise 36 minutes.

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Guided by Voices: Welshpool Frillies
Release Date: July 21

American indie rock band, Guided by Voices, is gearing up to release their highly anticipated 36th studio album, Welshpool Frillies. In a departure from their previous works, which were predominantly recorded at a New Jersey studio, the band’s producer, Travis Harrison, opted for a live-to-tape recording in a Brooklyn basement. This album is part of an impressive streak of eight studio albums released by the band within a span of three years.

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Paris Texas: MID AIR
Release Date: July 21

Comprised of Louie Pastel and Felix, L.A. hip-hop duo Paris Texas have readied their first full-length album, MID AIR. Set for release on July 21st, the album’s name references the amorphous quality the genre-hopping rapper-producers have made their calling card.

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Burial and Kode9: Infirmary / Unknown Summer
Release Date: July 21

Exciting news from Burial and Kode9 as they unveil their latest collaborative EP titled Infirmary / Unknown Summer. The EP, set to be released through fabric Originals, is now open for pre-orders. Fans can anticipate the arrival of the split 12″ single in stores on Friday, July 21, 2023. The two-track EP will include one song from each artist and will be released both digitally and on a limited edition vinyl – in clear, black, and sliver.

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