over the course of sxsw, i read a few tweets that raved about wye oak’s new synth-pop identity. the duo switched gears after the success of 2011’s civilian, trading guitars for bass guitars and increasing the danceability of their music. we’ve already heard “the tower,” the lead-off single from their upcoming album shriek, and today they’ve let go of another track, “glory,” which you can stream below. shriek is out in the u.s. april 29th via merge records.
2013 has provided a wealth of new music and incredibly important albums for a multitude of genres, but as i reflect on the year’s best offerings i can’t help but to peak ahead and see what 2014 potentially has in store. here’s my short list of bands i’m excited to hear a new album from.
adelyn rose – i guess it’s been less than two years since mezzanine, but it feels like i’ve been waiting on a new adelyn rose record forever. the eau claire outfit has been holed up at justin vernon’s april base for the latter half of this year, perfecting a new batch of tracks. i’ve heard a couple at various live shows, but i’m excited to finally hear another finished project from addie and company.
cloud nothings – remember when cloud nothings was on both editions of my “most anticipated” lists this year? oops. the good news is that the now-power trio posted a short video of them working on new songs in the studio, hinting that dylan baldi will probably dominate my headphones again in 2014. bring it, dude.
foxes in fiction – warren hildebrand enlisted owen pallett to write the string parts for his new album, so i have to hope that the end result will be good. the new york by way of toronto ambient act has had my attention for sometime, and i’m excited to hear a long-overdue full length album from him. the thing could drop tomorrow or in six months; i like a project that keeps me on my toes.
gem club – the boston chamber pop trio’s sophomore album in roses is due out january 28th on hardly art records. if you’ve heard the gorgeous lead single “polly,” you’ll know why i’m looking forward to this record. if you haven’t, head over to their soundcloud and fix that problem.
memoryhouse – memoryhouse played some new songs on npr’s world cafe last month and prefaced them with the announcement that their sophomore album will be out sometime in the spring. i’m always game to see what those two have to offer.
pillar point – i can’t tell you what got me hooked on pillar point, but i can tell you that scott reitherman’s moody synth-pop gave me an entirely new appreciation for the genre. after a strong showing on his debut 7″ single “diamond mine” b/w “dreamin’,” reitherman stepped out of anonymity and announced the release of his self-titled debut full length album, out february 25th via polyvinyl. if that wasn’t enough, he offered up another single, “eyeballs,” which might just be his best work yet.
tenement – get to know tenement. i’ve been following them since they used to play dingy basements and coffee houses around central and eastern wisconsin when i was in high school, but now they’ve signed to don giovanni records and are prepping their first release for that label sometime next year.
tennis – the small sound ep may have served as a filler in between tennis’ second and third album, but it also hopefully forecasted the continuation of sharp songwriting and irresistible pop hooks i’ve come to expect from the band.
vancouver sleep clinic – my favorite new artist of 2013 hasn’t even released a full body of work yet. in fact, seventeen year-old tim bettinson has only announced an ep for vancouver sleep clinic, due out early next year, but that’s enough for me. both “collapse” and “vapour” highlighted his skill as a songwriter and his ability to evoke entire landscapes through three or four minutes of song.
wye oak – a recent feature over at spin revealed that wye oak is working on their fourth album, and that it will be totally different than their previous output. guitars have been swapped for bass guitars, and the keyboard pads will be replaced with more melodic lines. no word on a title or release date, but look for it sometime next year via merge records.