With 2013 now behind us, it’s time to look ahead at what 2014 will bring. Here are 22 albums that we are looking forward to in the new year. Why twenty-two? We have no idea, but we just landed at that number. Where possible, we’ve included audio or video of songs that will be included in the new albums or a song that the artist / band has recently done. Let us know what you’re looking forward to in 2014 so that we can be on the lookout for it.
Beck – Morning Phase
Caribou – TBA
DOE EYE – TBA
In 2011 and 2012, Maryam Qudus – aka DOE EYE – released two terrific EPs. Since then, she’s been performing a few shows around the west coast US and writing some new music. She informed us that she was planning to release her first full-length early this year, but details remain unknown for now. If we find out more, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, here’s the video for “Hotel Fire” that was produced last year.
Doug Keith – Pony
As profiled back in October, Doug Keith is a very talented musician and songwriter. When he’s not supporting Sharon Van Etten, he’s writing terrific folk songs. In November, Doug Keith released “Pure Gold In The 70’s”, a new single from Pony featuring J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), which is below. Will there be a double bill for Doug in the future? We sure hope so!
Dum Dum Girls – Too True
Drive By Truchers – English Oceans
Affectionately known by their loyal fans as DBT, The Drive-by Truckers will release a new album early in 2014. In an interview with Rolling Stone, they said they were going back to basics – good old fashion southern rock. As the band toured this past summer and fall, they played some new songs from the upcoming album, and old and new fans likely won’t be disappointed if the bootlegs from the live shows are any indication.
Heather Woods Broderick – TBA
Another member of Sharon Van Etten’s band makes an experience. Later this month, Heather Woods Broderick – who has also performed with Efterklang, Alela Diane, and Laura Gibson – will begin recording her second album, and we can expect a late 2014 arrival. For now, here is “Cottonwood Bay” from her achingly beautiful first album From The Ground.
Hospitality – Trouble
Hospitality, the Brooklyn-based indie-pop band, will release their second full-length album Trouble early in 2014. The album has been identified by many publications and blogs as one of the most anticipated releases of the new year, and “I Miss Your Bones”, which was released late in 2013, has not reduce expectations. Don’t be surprise if Hospitality rockets to stardom this year.
Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons – TBA
Lykke Li – TBA
Swedish pop sensation Lykke Li made it big in North America with her 2011 hit album, Wounded Rhymes. Her honest songwriting and harder approach to pop music won fans young and old. While we await more information about a possible new album, Lykke Li did collaborate with David Lynch in 2013 on “I’m Waiting Here”, which is below. We don’t anticipate her new album to take on the dark, dreary world of Lynch, but we do expect it to be a memorable offering.
My Morning Jacket – TBA
Jim James and crew are looking to follow up their 2011 release Circuital with yet another solid album. Nothing is really known about this album yet except it was recorded in November in Northern California. As we are both MMJ fans, we are hoping for something big. But will the band return to their roots or will they continue to push the envelope and experiment with different sounds? MMJ fans may get a sneak peak of their new work, as the band will be playing three nights in Cancun at the end of June.
Nicole Atkins – Slow Phaser
Nicole Atkins returns in 2014 with Slow Phaser, which is her first album on her own label, Oh’ Mercy! Records. Below is the lead single, “Girl You Look Amazing”, from the New Jersey native. It’s a groovy track with R&B undertones. If you’re interested, you can still contribute to her Pledgemusic campaign here, and pick up one of the cool prizes Nicole is offering.
The Pack A.D. – Do Not Engage
There aren’t many bands that can rock as hard as Betty Black and Maya Miller of Vancouver’s The Pack A.D. Through four LPs, the two have developed a loyal following in North America and Europe. Now, they are embarking to reach stardom on their fifth LP, Do Not Engage. They have already released two singles in support of the album, including the anthemic “Big Shot”.
Phantogram – Voices
Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, who are the duo that comprise Phantogram, have been two of the busiest musicians on late. Since 2009, the atmospheric, synth-pop duet have released 4 EPs and 1 LP plus toured extensively across the US and Europe. Their hard work has paid off, as their popularity is growing and at a tremendous high, just in time for the launch of their second LP, Voices. Here is the lead track from the new album, “Fall in Love”.
Real Estate – TBA
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There?
Slothrust – Of Course You Do
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
TORRES – TBA
TV on the Radio – TBA
The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream
U2 – TBA
Ben is admittedly a big U2 fan, which explains why this is on the list. Will the album build on the under-appreciated albeit dense No Line on the Horizon or trend towards Zooropa? Time will only tell. Details of the new album are sketchy, but information could be released as soon as the Super Bowl for Songs of Ascent, which longstanding rumors suggest the next album will be called. We do know that the band has been working on the new album for two years – including completely scrapping a year’s worth of work last summer to start anew – and that Danger Mouse is helping to produce and mix the album, which only raises expectations. The band did record “Ordinary Love” in the last couple of months, which was released as part of soundtrack for “Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom”.
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