Here’s a glimpse at what some new and old artists are planning for the New Year:
Regions of Light and Sound of God- Jim James February 5
After 15 years as the frontman for My Morning Jacket, Jim James is venturing out on his first full-length solo debut album through ATO Records. James has been working on the album for the past two years at least, and recorded it at his home studio in Louisville, Kentucky. In an interview with Patrick Doyle of Rolling Stone Magazine, he commented on the album: “I want people to feel like [the album] helps their life in some way, or that it helps them celebrate or helps them mourn or laugh or cry. I just want it to feel useful.”
Check out “Know Til Now,” the lead track off the album:
TBA- Depeche Mode March 2013
The English synth-pop legends plan on releasing their 13th studio album through Columbia Records in March, which is a follow-up to 2009′s Sounds of the Universe. Although the album has no official title or release date yet, the band heads out on a World Tour for the record in May.
Keyboardist and Guitarist Martin Gore said of the album, “I am very happy with how the album turned out. The music has a similar vibe to Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion and I think the songs on the album are among some of the very best we’ve done.”
Get psyched for the new album with the teaser trailer below:
Lovesign – Free Energy January 15
Free Energy came on the scene in 2010 after LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy produced their debut album, Stuck On Nothing. With the early success from their debut we have high hopes for the Philly pop-rockers, especially because this time they’ve been working with the legendary producer John Agnello. They are releasing “Lovesign” from their own label, Free People. Download the new single from the album, “Dance All Night.”
Wolf’s Law – The Joy Formidable January 22
The Welsh rockers will release the follow-up to their 2011 debut The Big Roar, on Canvasback/Atlantic. Check out a sneak preview of “Maw Maw Song” from Wolf’s Law below.
Hummingbird – Local Natives January 29
Local Natives, natives of California, whose music has been described as “psych folk” are set to release their sophomore full-length album through Frenchkiss, a follow-up of 2009’s Gorilla Manor. They released the single from the album, “Breakers,” this past October. Listen to “Breakers” below, and if you like what you hear you can download it for free from their website.
Wonderful, Glorious – Eels February 5
It’s hard to believe these guys have been around for 17 years already. The California indie-rockers, known for their energetic live shows, are back with their tenth studio album on Vagrant Records.
Check out the official video for the single “Peach Blossom” here:
Pedestrian Verse – Frightened Rabbit February 5
The Scottish indie rock band will release Pedestrian Verse, nearly two years in the making, on Canvasback/ Atlantic. Check out the video for the single “State Hopsital” here:
II – Unknown Mortal Orchestra February 5
Unknown Mortal Orchestra is far from being an indie-household name, but everything they’ve released so far has received excellent critical review. They rocked out at Pitchfork last summer, and are returning for another show March 7 at Lincoln Hall. II is the follow-up album to 2011’s self-titled debut, released on Jagjaguwar.
We are very much enjoying the single from the album, “Swim and Sleep [Like a Shark]”
The Messenger – Johnny Marr February 26
Name an artist, any artist, and there’s a good chance Johnny Marr has produced or performed with them. He’s built up quite the resume in the past 30 years, and it’s about time he released a full length solo record. The Messenger will be released on Sire/ADA. Check out the single before the album drops in February:
Isles – Wild Belle March 12
The sibling duo from the suburbs, Barrington to be exact, is just starting out with their debut album set to release in March.
Check out the psychedelic video for “It’s Too Late” and you can say you knew them when.
TPC- Phoenix April 2013
TPC will be the follow-up to 2009’s explosive Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix which took the French rockers to a more mainstream audience. The overwhelming success of their previous album makes it a tough one to follow, but the band has stated they want to take a turn from the pop sounds to a more experimental vibe.