New releases for the month of May

May marks the release of two highly anticipated new albums by rising indie stars

WRITTEN BY: Allyce Andrew
Fleet Foxes
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Fleet Foxes

Save your money indie music lovers because May is a great month for must have new releases.

Fleet Foxes are set to release the "Helplessness Blues" on May 3, their highly anticipated follow up to their self-titled release in 2008. The album uses a blend of traditional and novelty instruments, like tympanis and tibetan sing bowls, that helps to create a beautiful and the most immersive record and yet. Singer songwriter Robin Pecknold almost lost his long-term girlfriend in the process of recording since he was so intensely focused on working on the album until it was, "f**king awesome."  He achieved his goal and saved his relationship with the finished product (sorry fan girls). "Helplessness Blues" is available for pre-order on their label Sup-Pop', website for $12.

The rising UK alt-disco-pop trio Friendly Fires are releasing "Pala" on May 24 and can be pre-ordered for $10.25 on Amazon. The sound is poppier than their 2008 self-titled release; the singer, Ed Macfarlane, even compared their latest music to the sounds of 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys in a BBC interview. After extensive world touring, Friendly Fires have been rapidly rising in the indie scene and, despite their strange musical counterparts, their new album is sure to please.