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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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    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • 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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    Added: 16 Dec 2013

  • 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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    Added: 21 Jun 2011

  • 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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    Added: 07 Apr 2010

  • 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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    Added: 16 Apr 2013

  • 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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    Added: 08 Oct 2013

  • 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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    Added: 19 Dec 2013

  • 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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    Added: 16 Dec 2013

  • 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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    Added: 28 Oct 2013

  • 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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    Added: 28 Oct 2013

  • 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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    Added: 26 Jul 2012

  • 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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    Added: 16 Dec 2013

  • 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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    Added: 19 Dec 2013

  • 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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    Added: 10 Oct 2011

  • 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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    Added: 19 Dec 2013

  • 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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    Added: 16 Dec 2013

  • 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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    Added: 02 May 2012

  • 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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    Added: 24 Feb 2011

  • 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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    Added: 16 Dec 2013

  • 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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    Added: 19 Dec 2013