Albums To Look Forward To In January 2014

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Albums To Look Forward To In January 2014

2014 is only days underway but already there's tonnes of albums to get excited about. Patterns' Waking Lines, out January 6, is just one of them. Two years now in the making, the dreamy, hallucinogenic melodies of these Manchester boys’ debut album should elevate them to the same respected stature as Money, PINS and the rest of the new crop of Mancunian luminaries-in-waiting.

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Albums To Look Forward To In January 2014

September Girls – Cursing The Sea

When’s it out? January 6

On their debut album, released two years after their formation in Dublin, Irish quintet September Girls marry attitude with heartache. Wrapped up in rushes of reverb and Phil Spector-esque walls of noise, it’s a record full of fuzzy, lo-fi thrills.

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Albums To Look Forward To In January 2014

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags

When’s it out? January 6


The former Pavement man reaches album six with his current band The Jicks, the oddly-titled ‘Wig Out At Jagbags’, which Malkmus has explained to be a “smeared aspersion, not profanity” on his Tumblr. Whatever it means, on this album, he sounds freer and more comfortable than ever.

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Ed Harcourt – Time Of Dust

When’s it out? January 6


It’s not been long since Ed Harcourt’s last release – his sixth studio album ‘ Back Into The Woods’ came out in 2013 – but already the singer-songwriter is back with more new material. Though only six tracks long, the dark and mature ‘Time Of Dust’ is proof positive Ed Harcourt’s not over and done just yet.

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Albums To Look Forward To In January 2014

East India Youth – Total Strife Forever

When’s it out? January 13


Former frontman of Doyle & The Fourfathers, William Doyle has ditched his indie (Foals punning title aside) and taken up a new path as an electronic producer. ‘Total Strife Forever’ is his debut album and comes after three years of building his reputation via EPs and much praised live shows.

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Broken Bells - After The Disco When's it out? January 13

The Shins' James Mercer returns to his more electronic orientated side project with Danger Mouse for Broken Bells' latest, promising more pop hooks amid skyscraping synth lines, bleeps and beats.

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I Break Horses - Chiarascuro

When’s it out? January 13


Swedish musician Maria Linden returns following 2011’s ‘Hearts’ sounding sharper and brighter than before whilst keeping the subject matter at the sadder, more sorrowful end of the spectrum. Whilst meddling with shades of light and dark, she recalls Zola Jesus and Chvrches but still holds her own.

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Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes

When’s it out? January 13


‘High Hopes’ might be an album of unreleased offcuts but there’s a reason he’s still known as The Boss. Instead of piling on unwanted, self-indulgent dirges, Bruce gives us his version of ‘Dream Baby Dream’, collaborations with Tom Morello and politically-charged highlights.

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Warpaint - Warpaint

When’s it out? January 20


Four years after ‘The Fool’, the LA women finally follow-up on their bewitching first LP with a self-titled second effort. As first single ‘Love Is To Die’ proves, even after such a long time away, their knack for writing atmospheric, woozy gems has far from waned.

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Albums To Look Forward To In January 2014

Mogwai – Rave Tapes

When’s it out? January 20


Over their 19 years, Mogwai have refined their edges into something more poignant and reflective, as seen on their soundtrack for French drama Les Revenants. ‘Rave Tapes’ does much the same but with slightly more brutal, noisy interjections.

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Various - Boats

When’s it out? January 20


A charity release that has an eye on quality as well as raising funds and awareness, Boats is a 29-track, two disc compilation from the Everything Is New project. Rustie, No Age, Dan Deacon and YACHT all offer new tracks, amongst others, to help children in Dalit, India.

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Cymbals – The Age Of Fracture

When’s it out? January 27


Reviving an old indie idea of printing short stories on record sleeves, London’s Cymbals have teamed up with Submarine author Joe Dunthorne to give their second album ‘The Age Of Fracture’ added literary value, whilst musically taking cues from New Order to develop their own jerky synth-pop.

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Samantha Crain – Kid Face When’s it out? January 13

Samantha Crain joins the new wave of arresting singer-songwriters like Angel Olsen and Torres with her debut album ‘Kid Face’. Inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan and Neil Young – artists she discovered through her father’s record collection – the Oklahoma-based musician forges neat Americana with a wry twist.

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Dum Dum Girls – Too True

When’s it out? January 27


Written between New York and LA, Dum Dum Girls’ third album ‘Too True’ was inspired by leading lady Dee Dee’s extensive reading session whilst letting her voice heal from months of touring. Rimbaud, Verlaine and Baudelaire all had their influence on the musician, marking a more introverted effort than before.

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Mutual Benefit – Love’s Crushing Diamond

When’s it out? January 20


Jordan Lee’s first physical LP follows six digital releases over the last four years that have marked him out as an exciting new talent. This record, however, is less about thrills, narrating a loved one’s struggle with depression. Sad but, with the aid of strings, wind chimes and piano, beautiful.

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Drowners - Drowners

When’s it out? January 27


Here to fill the seemingly compulsory need for at least one jangly indie band with a dominant sense of quintessential Britishness about them are Drowners. Though they’re based in New York, their quaint Smithsian streak and 1980s-in-the-UK aura aren’t put on – frontman Matt Hitt originally hails from Wales.

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The Gaslight Anthem – The B-Sides

When’s it out? January 27


Four albums into their career and The Gaslight Anthem are taking a moment to look back. Last year they compiled their singles on ‘Singles Collection: 2008-2011’ and now they’re examining their flipsides for a new retrospective in the form of ‘The B-Sides’, featuring live songs, acoustic tracks and covers.

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Marram – Sun Choir When’s it out? January 20

The second release from the Everything Is New project, Edinburgh-based group Marram’s ‘Sun Choir’ also features some big names. Jarvis Cocker, Owen Pallett and Irvine Welsh all appear alongside the Light Of Love Children’s Choir on this other charity album.

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Big Ups – Eighteen Hours Of Static

When’s it out? January 13


New York punks Big Ups met when learning about computer cables and, while there’s no techy audio seminars on their debut album, there’s an intelligence to their noise most others lack. Their lyrics might mull over truth, faith and science, but musically they're pure muscle, like Jesus Lizard or The Descendents.

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Dog Bite – Tranquilizers

When’s it out? January 20


Car Park signings Dog Bite started as a one-man band as Phil Jones made his way from being keyboardist for Washed Out to making his own gloomy shoegaze. Since then the Atlanta resident has pulled a whole band together to help make his second album bigger, bolder and even murkier than before.

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