The Most Anticipated Albums of 2014

The Most Anticipated Albums of 2014

Leigh MichaelTuesday,14 January 2014

The Snap:

2013 was a roller coaster of a year. We got some winners (take a bow, Arcade Fire) and some losers (take a seat, Phoenix).

But it also felt like a year where many of TSD’s favorite artists were taking a breather. Their websites were all crickets while we sat at the edge of our seats, waiting for some hopeful nugget of news about upcoming singles, albums, ANYTHING. But 2014 is all about noise. Good noise (). The kind where we turn the volume up and hit “repeat” a lot.

Take a look and get excited.

The Download:

Artist: Phantogram // Album: Voices // Release Date: 18 February

It’s been four long years since Phantogram released Eyelid Movies, a first-timer tour de force that blew every music critic out of the water. They’ve tantalized us with a few singles since – including a spot on The Hunger Games – but February 18th’s Voices has had everyone on the edge of their seat. We’ve got a month to wait, but I have an inkling it’ll be worth it. In the meantime, listen to “Black Out Days,” a track that proves this duo is definitely not a one-hit wonder. 

Artist: Fleet Foxes // Album: ?? // Release Date: ??

This tight-lipped band has remained reliably mum on the details of their upcoming album, but if the result is anything like Helplessness Blues, then I am totally fine with the waiting game. The only evidence of a new record is a smattering of activity on their typically stagnant site, and a few updates about studio time in 2013. The band will probably be bringing a slightly nuanced song to the table after J. Tillman’s departure – but whether they’re sticking with their folk roots or moving onto something new, I’m ready to welcome it with open arms. 

Artist: The War On Drugs // Album: Lost In the Dream // Release Date: 18 March

Kurt Vile may be gone, but the band lives on. “Buenos Aires Beach” continues to be one of my favorite tracks ever, and I couldn’t be more excited to hear some new material from these guys after a too-long silence. Although Vile was a key element of the band, I’m confident that the remaining members will leave us feeling more than satisfied with their signature low-key sound. Want a teaser? Have a listen to “Red Eyes,” below.

Artist: Belle and Sebastian // Album: ?? // Release Date: Late 2014

We haven‘t heard much from this group since 2010’s Write About Love. The band, which had a pretty prolific start (11 albums in 14 years) has taken a nearly half-decade hiatus. But Belle and Sebastian promise to roll out the red carpet of new stuff for their as-of-yet-untitled album – after all, they haven’t disappointed us yet, so there’s no reason they should start now.

Artist:My Morning Jacket // Album: ?? // Release Date: ??

Ah, My Morning Jacket. The band that paid homage to Bob Dylan with gusto in I’m Not There, who recorded 2011’s Circuital in a church. Jim James has been doing his own thing for the past three years, but now the band is back together again for what promises to be a masterpiece of an album. These guys have got their fans hook, line, and sinker. As Buddy the Elf would say, “I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!”

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