As we put 2012 behind us and say goodbye to what was an amazing year in music, we can already anticipate what lies ahead in 2013. Here is a list of some forthcoming releases and, briefly, why I’m looking forward to each of them. I’ll also link to some of their previous work, so you’ll have an idea of what you’re in for.
What albums are you excited about in 2013? My plan is to miss nothing.
—Yo La Tengo, "Fade"
Indie rock legends Yo La Tengo will release their first album since 2009. They may not reinvent anything with the new release, but that’s a good thing. A few tracks have already been released.
—Local Natives, "Hummingbird"
This sophomore release from this indie rock band epitomizes the direction of where “young” music is going. If the track “Heavy Feet”—released earlier this week—is an indication, “Hummingbird” is going to be great.
—Eels, "Wonderful, Glorious"
An Eels album is always cause for celebration. I’ve always been a casual fan because of the unabashed late '90s sound. Lead singer Mark Everett can write as good of a love song as anybody. Two tracks from “Wonderful, Glorious” have been released: the upbeat rocker “Peach Blossom” and “New Alphabet.” I am cautiously optimistic for this one. Maybe.
—Frightened Rabbit, "Pedestrian Verse"
These Glasgow-based indie rockers are set to release “Pedestrian Verse” in February. Two tracks have been released: “The Woodpile” and “Dead Now,” both of which are very good.
—Jim James, "Regions of Light and Sound and God"
The solo debut from the lead singer of My Morning Jacket should be really good. A track from the album has been released, and I’m hooked. Listen to “Know Til Now,” which sounds like Jerry Garcia reincarnated.
More releases I’m excited about