What do industrial alt-rock cats Placebo, dream-pop peddlers Beach House and Miss Universe herself Nilüfer Yanya have in common? Well apart from being deadset legends, they’ve all just announced new and highly froth-worthy albums.

Album cover art for PlaceboPlacebo have let it be known their eighth studio album is nigh. It comes nine years after their last LP, Loud Like Love, and it’s confirmed to shimmy in on March 25 next year.

Of its lead single Surrounded by Spies, singer Brian Molko shares:

“I began writing the lyrics when I discovered my neighbors were spying on me on behalf of parties with a nefarious agenda. I then began to ponder the countless ways in which our privacy has been eroded and stolen since the introduction of worldwide CCTV cameras that now employ racist facial recognition technologies; the rise of the internet and the cellphone, which has turned practically every user into a paparazzo and spectators in their own lives, and how we have mostly all offered up personal information to enormous multinationals whose sole intent is to exploit us.”

Sounds extremely on-brand, and for that, we couldn’t be more excited. Never Let Me Go is available for pre-order from JB right now, including on that nifty thinned-blood coloured vinyl above.

Watch the visualiser for Surrounded by Spies here:

Meanwhile, Beach House have announced they’ll be releasing their eighth album, Once Twice Melody, on Mistletone Records via Inertia. It’ll be a beaut bouquet of 18 tracks, and in the lead-up to the physical release, will be presented in four chapters, with lyric animations for each song.

Keep your peepers peeled for those.

Last but not least, English musician and our imaginary BFF Nilüfer Yanya – whose 2019 album Miss Universe is a STACK fave; it also grabbed the coveted Feature Album slot at triple j in the week of its release – has announced her second album Painless. It’s going to arrive March 4 next year via ATO Records. Lead single stablilise arrives with a vid created by Nilüfer’s sis (and long-time collarboator) Molly Daniel.

Nilüfer says about the single and clip’s concept:

I was really thinking about your surroundings and how much they influence or change your perception of things. A lot of the city is just grey and concrete, there’s no escape.

The video plays on the central theme in the song of no one coming to save you ever. It’s set in the depths of reality in everyday life where we are the only one’s truly capable of salvaging or losing ourselves. Nothing is out there – both a depressing and reassuring statement (depending on how you look at it). Sometimes you have to dress up as a spy or a rock star and just hope for the best.”

Read our Q&A with the musician here, and check her out doing stabilise right here: