By Jessica GoodmanMadison VainDana Rose FalconeKevin O'Donnell and Eric Renner Brown
September 02, 2015 at 03:26 PM EDT
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Car Seat Headrest, Teens of Style (Oct. 30)

Will Toledo has been self-releasing itchy lo-fi songs as Car Seat Headrest for the past five years, but only recently signed to a label, Matador, which will put out his first studio debut, Teens of Style, Oct. 30. (Its follow-up Teens of Denial is already slated for a mid-2016 release.) The album features reworked, fuller versions of his old tracks, and Toledo tells EW, “The first thing I wanted out was a compilation of my older work so that it wasn’t swept under the rug once I was making new stuff.” Self-produced, the album sets anxiety about the future against noisy, warbling guitars. “[Teens of Style] is reflective of my own emotional development of the past five years, but I would hope there’s more excitement conveyed in the musical side of it,” Toledo says. “I’m more excited about the future now that I was when I started Car Seat Headrest.” — Jessica Goodman

BØRNS, Dopamine (Oct. 16)

If you’ve had “Electric Love,” also known as that song from the Hulu commercial, stuck in your head, or heard “10,000 Emerald Pools” on ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club this summer, falling in love with BØRNS will be easy. After dropping two EPs since 2012, the 23-year-old singer will release his first album, Dopamine, this fall. But the Michigan native admits the title track almost didn’t make the cut. “It’s one of those songs we had on the back burner for a long time,” says BØRNS, whose given name is Garrett Borns. “I had that one floating around and Tommy [English] and I one day were like ‘Let’s finish it.’” Now, it’s his favorite song on the set. As for the other cuts, Borns tells EW that fans can expect “uplifting, sensual jams.” “I’m inspired by a lot of ’60s and ’70s psychedelic glam rock — David Bowie and Marc Bolan,” he says. “And not just musically, the whole aesthetic.” — Dana Rose Falcone

GEMS, Kill the One You Love (Oct. 30)

Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher have been playing music together for years—since late in their tenure as students the University of Virginia—but are just now releasing their full-length debut as GEMS. “Right when we met we both connected over this sense of something that we like in the music that we listen to—something we call existential longing,” Usher tells EW. “I don’t know if that’s a term that actually makes sense to anybody else.” The group’s debut, Kill the One You Love—a quote that, yes, you do recognize from Fight Club—drops Oct. 30 and is what Pitts describes as “dreamy pop music with R&B influenced beats.” He says, “It’s about something that’s an inner experience. Reaching for something that you can’t quite put your finger on. You know, music that takes you to another place or time.” — Eric Renner Brown

Maddie & Tae, Start Here (Aug. 28)

Maddie & Tae, the spitfire duo of Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye who made waves with “Girl In A Country Song” last year, finally arrive with their debut full-length, which dropped Aug. 28. While Start Here is full of the witty, side-eyed scoop their first tune introduced, that’s not what they’re most excited for fans to hear. “Both of us are just really excited to share the last five years of our lives with fans,” says Marlow. “It’s like a storybook of all our experiences. Right now they’re going off just a couple of songs and we can’t wait for there to be so much more for them to, hopefully, connect with.” — Madison Vain

BOOTS, AQUΛRIA (11/13)

Known for co-writing and producing much of Beyoncé’s fifth album, BOOTS steps out on his own this year with AQUΛRIA. “It was hard to let go of some of that stuff,” BOOTS told The New York Times of his contributions to Beyoncé. “But the only thing I want is for people to hear me and experience my music. Now it’s just the funny part of trying to expand on that myth, the mystery guy.” BOOTS, born Jordan Asher, has offered two tastes of what’s to come — a May 2014 mixtape featuring appearances by Beyoncé, Sia, and Jeremih, and EP Motorcycle Jesus this past March. Despite the short turnaround since his latest release, the tight-lipped artist promised Vogue, “I’m continually writing my best s—t.” — DRF

Beach Slang, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us (Oct. 30)

James Snyder, a vet of the Philadelphia music scene who played with the mid-’90s band Weston, knows his way around pop-punk. “You take this hookable sort of vibe and combine it with this restless spirit and it just becomes this really cool thing,” he tells EW. “If done right—and we’re trying to do it right.” Snyder’s new group put out their debut EP, Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?, last year and returns Oct. 30 with their first full-length, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us. The record is jam-packed with ebullient, back-to-basics punk—what Snyder outlines as “guitar, bass, and drums, played loudly”—but packs an emotional wallop too. “I wanted to just be honest, no armor, no guard up,” Snyder says. “This is the most honest writing I’ve ever done. Who knew honesty would connect so well with people?” — ERB

CL, TBD

K-pop sensation CL (Lee Chaerin) is heading stateside this fall as she releases her first EP with Mad Decent. She introduced herself through choice collaborations with tastemakers du jour Diplo (who doubles as Mad Decent’s labelhead) and Skrillex with the frenetic dance-pop-rap mashup “Dirty Vibe,” which featured fellow Korean G-Dragon. And if her prior collabs with Diplo are any indication, despite her switching to an English language performance, we won’t be getting a “Westernized” version of her unique pop-rap style. — MV

Bob Moses, Days Gone By (Sept. 18)

Brooklyn-via-Canada electronic duo Bob Moses, who have no connection to the actual Bob Moses, broke big at Burning Man in 2013 but will release their first full-length, Days Gone By Sept. 18 via Domino. After two EPs that attracted EDM heads and indie acclaim, Jimmy Vallance says they now have the confidence to put out an album. “Those first two EPs were kind of us exploring the sounds and production techniques that we thought maybe… we couldn’t get away with before,” he tells EW. The duo’s other half, Tom Howie, who provides vocals on all the tracks, explains the group’s lyrical depth, which can be sparse in dance music. “We’re both most excited about the sonic frontier of electronic music. That’s what we’re interested in sound-wise, but we grew up loving great songs and listening to a lot of the Beatles and Rolling Stones.” Which makes sense considering Vallance says they write on acoustic guitars and pianos to strip down the sound before setting up electronics. “We really try to marry the two things.” — Kevin O’Donnell

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