2013 was a great year in music with releases by Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Jake Bugg, The Strokes, and My Bloody Valentine, but 2014 looks just as promising with some of our favorite artists returning to the scene with a new album at hand. Here are 10 to look forward to in 2014.
Warpaint, a band from the angel city, has been compared to the Cocteau Twins and to Joni Mitchel with its entrancing sounds and the sweet vocals on its tracks. In an October interview with NME, Warpaint revealed that the new album will contain rap and R&B influences, completely transforming their usual sound. Warpaint’s second studio album, self-titled, is set to be released on January 21st. Listening to their first single, Biggy, you can hear a clear distinction between their earlier songs, which included a lot more of guitar and had a classic rock vibe to them.
2. Young the Giant
Young the Giant, another band from sunny California is coming out with its much-anticipated second album. The band’s last release dates back to October 2010 so this is good news for all Young the Giant fans! The upcoming album, Mind Over Matter, is also set to be released on January 21st so everybody mark your calendars! Their single, It’s About Time, sounds a lot like the much-loved Cough Syrup but with an edgier sound. Listen to It’s About Time right here:
Young the Giant is playing at Metropolis on March 6th. 8 p.m.
3. Dum Dum Girls
The Dum Dum Girls, another band from the angel city just might make you believe they are actual angels with their dreamy new album. They are back with another distorted dream pop album, titled Too True, to be released on January 27th. They teamed up with retailer H&M to produce a music video for their song Lost Boys and Girls Club:
The Dum Dum Girls are playing at Il Motore (179 Jean Talon) on March 28th.
4. Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club, an English band from London are releasing a fourth studio album on February 3rd, titled So Long, See You Tomorrow. It’s been three years since they released A Different Kind of Fix, an acclaimed album that got them positive reviews all around. Their new single, Carry Me, has that distinct Bombay Bicycle Club sound but with a hint of techno nuances. I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the songs on So Long, See Your Tomorrow, to hear more of their new sound! Their single Carry Me is right here:
5. The Casket Girls
The Casket Girls are releasing their second studio album on February 10th, titled True Love Kills the Fairy Tale. Their new music video is set to come out sometime in January, which you can contribute to! The Casket Girls posted an announcement on their tumblr, inviting fans to get involved with the making of their music video. You can send them clips inspired by the lyrics of their song Chemical Dizzy. The deadline to send in your videos is December 31st! For more information, click here:
Graveface Records released an album trailer featuring songs off the new album:
The Casket Girls are playing at Casa Del Popolo (4873 St. Laurent) on February 21st.
6. St Vincent
St Vincent, the moniker used by artist Annie Clark, exploded after her songs Cruel and Cheerleader were featured on the Gossip Girl soundtrack. St Vincent has been active since 2003 but it is only recently her music fell into the more mainstream category of indie pop. St Vincent is releasing her fifth studio album, self-titled, on February 24th. Listening to her single, Birth in Reverse, you can immediately distinguish it as being proper to St-Vincent with a variety of different sounds making the song seem like from a dream:
Beck, who contributed a lot to the 90’s music scene, is back six years after his last studio album with Morning Phase, scheduled to be released sometime in February. Pitchfork promises that this new album will include multiple collaborations with artists from his 2002 album Sea Change. No singles announced yet but take a listen to Gimme, a stand-alone single released in late 2013:
Metronomy is a group from London, England that started out as a solo project by Joseph Mount but then quickly turned into a collaboration when it was merged with the band The Food Groups. Metronomy is set to release their fourth studio album titled Love Letters on March 10th. You can listen to their single from the record, I’m Aquarius right here:
9. The Horrors
The title of The Horrors‘ new record and the release date is still to be announced but from an interview with NME, it sounds very promising. Their fourth studio album is said to be released sometime in early 2014. No single has been yet released but here is one of their most popular songs from their last album Skying, released in 2011, I Can See Through You, with a dreamy melody and an 80s vibe:
10. Ultraviolence by Lana del Rey
Lana del Rey’s much anticipated short film Tropico generated a lot of buzz. Rumors where flying around saying that it was her farewell project but those were indeed just rumors as Lana promised to return with new music in 2014. No track list or single has been released yet for Ultraviolence, but here is her song Bel Air, featured in Tropico: