25 Albums We're Looking Forward to in 2013

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It’s only nine days into the year, and already we’ve heard so much about what to expect in music. Most notably, we got a surprise announcement from David Bowie for his first album in a decade, but we also can’t wait to hear what new material comes from Arcade Fire and the much-buzzed-about My Bloody Valentine album. Below, we’ve listed 25 albums we’re really looking forward to this year. List your own in the comment box below.

nightbeds1_20121114_174535-300x300.jpeg 25. Night Beds – Country Sleep
Release Date: February 5
The debut album from this Nashville-by-way-of-Colorado Springs indie group has generated buzz for its slightly orchestral, falsetto-driven singles like “Even If We Try” and “You Were Afraid.” Led by the tortured soul-esque singer-songwriter Winston Yellen, Night Beds is already notching comparisons to Bon Iver, Sun Kil Moon and Fleet Foxes.—Hilary Saunders

24. The Men – New Moon
Release Date: March 5
Although we got a new album from The Men in 2012 with Open Your Heart, they’re not breaking pace and following up shortly after with New Moon. According to a press release, this is their most “intensely personal” album to date. With a new set of tracks and surely an extensive tour to follow, The Men is a band we don’t mind hearing from frequently.—Tyler Kane

hilly eye front cover.jpeg 23. Hilly Eye – Reasons to Live
Release Date: January 22
After her departure from Titus Andronicus, it was good to find out about a new project from Amy Klein. The guitarist and writer returns this year with duo Hilly Eye, which also includes drummer Catherine Tung. From what we’ve heard in tracks like “Amnesia,” Reasons to Live promises a raw, unfiltered look at Klein’s songwriting in the spotlight.—Tyler Kane

Thumbnail image for unknownmortalorchestra21011.jpeg 22. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II
Release Date: February 5
In just the 18 months since the release of their debut, it’s hard to imagine when Unknown Moral Orchestra found time to record their simply titled II, and they have seemingly been on tour endlessly since their first release. And, as good as their debut was, the band is known as a necessary live experience, with fans anticipating even more of their personality and presence seeping into their sophomore effort on new home Jagjaguwar.—Philip Cosores

deerhunter_1.jpeg 21. Deerhunter – TBA
After releasing one of their best albums in Halcyon Digest, the members of Atlanta’s Deerhunter focused on their own side-projects before reuniting to work on their follow up. The band went in exciting directions, Bradford Cox with Atlas Sound’s “Parallax” and Lockett Pundt with Lotus Plaza’s “Spooky Action at a Distance.” After taking some time apart, it will be exciting to hear what the band has learned.—Ross Bonaime

51wtd%2BpiayL._SL500_AA300_.jpeg 20. The Lone Bellow – The Lone Bellow
Release Date: January 22
The Lone Bellow, a Brooklyn trio whose members all grew up south of the Mason-Dixon Line, makes gut-wrenchingly sad country songs masked by gorgeous harmonies. Having successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign and opened for The Civil Wars last year, the group’s debut album is expected to cross genre lines in a big way in 2013.—Hilary Saunders


rarariotbetalove.jpeg 18. Ra Ra Riot – Beta Love
Release Date: January 22
2010’s The Orchard didn’t quite build on the promise Ra Ra Riot presented on The Rhumb Line, but sophomore releases are commonly seeing a band still finding its footing. Beta Love will see the band attempting to rebound and also marks their first recording since losing cellist Alexandra Lawn, with a band shifting more focus to a synth-pop sound. The band has already proven capable of fun, resonating songs. Hopefully this proves something that they can replicate.—Philip Cosores

foxygen_alcumart.jpeg 17. Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Release Date: January 22
With an album that leans on an unashamed love of The Rolling Stones and The Velvet Underground, it’s looking like Foxygen could break out in 2013 with their fantastic new album, the not-at-all-oddly titled We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. The collection was recorded by Richard Swift in his own National Freedom Studio and features all the warmth and jaggedness of decades-old acts, but Foxygen has no doubt stamped their own seal all over the thing, too.—Tyler Kane

IndiansPress2012.jpeg 16. Indians – Somewhere Else
It may seem premature to base any amount of anticipation for a record upon a live video and a single track, but this project from Danish musician Søren Løkke Juul immediately caught my attention. The echoes and electronic elements blend with the occasional upbeat acoustic segment to use sounds you’d usually need a whole mixtape to include. The tracks on the forthcoming Somewhere Else were written as a solo project, but recording them with a wealth of instruments gives the album an additional depth sure to make it a mainstay on my record player in 2013. You can stream the album in its entirety on NPR.
—Dacey Orr

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