I've read a fare share of 2012 recaps describing the year in music as "boring." This comes as a great surprise to me, as the year was plentiful with debut releases from some pretty amazing up-and-coming indie artists. Perhaps people are interpreting this "Mumford-ization of pop" as the aridity, which I myself cannot deny as so many bands are succeeding by following this mold. But while this particular sound is being generalized as more and more teenagers pick up banjos and mandolins, at the same time, these folk-rockers are propping the door open for unique and exciting new sounds to escape through the average listeners' speakers. Are we all so cynical that we feel tortured at the mere thought of a soccer mom listening to our favorite indie artist on the radio? The secret's out - indie music is really good, and it's time for us all to embrace its mass appeal.
So what are we in for in 2013? We predict indie music to continue to evolve as truly talented new artists are given the opportunity to be heard. Two days ago, I returned to work after a long and relaxing winter holiday to a mountain of early 2013 album releases on my desk. As I struggle to reach its summit, here is a wildly diverse assortment new music that I've heard along the way.
We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic (Jan. 22)
Wild Country (Jan. 29)
The Beast In Its Tracks (March 5)
Prismatic EP (March 5)
Black Sun (Feb. 26)