Yesterday Yeah Yeah Yeahs officially announced that they would have a new record come Spring 2013. Music tends to slow down a bit as the year ends, but album announcements seem to keep coming. Albums we had been dying to hear have been out for weeks - months even! Either they lost their magic, got deleted off of iPods, buried under a dozen newer records, or are still spinning on repeat and stuck in your head. We play out the jams of the fall, reminisce on the smash singles of the summer, and make our obligatory end-of-the-year lists. The holiday season is naturally a time for reflection, but some of the best gifts we receive are the promises of great new music for the new year. Here at Baeble we are already stoked on a bunch of upcoming records, so here's a list of 5 albums to be released in early 2013 to look forward to.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs dropped a quick line on Facebook attached to an Instagram and the promise of DNA upgrades, "spontaneous evolution," and a a new record. The new record will be their first in four years, following 2009's It's Blitz! That album introduced a completely new set of sounds, stripping a lot of the brooding outlaw guitar from Show Your Bones and replacing it with a lush blend of dance-y synths and simply sexy buzzing riffs. Obviously, we don't always know what to expect from Yeah Yeah Yeahs but we do always know it will kick some kinda ass.
Swedish sibling synth duo The Knife chose to announce their first official full-length in seven years with a short video trailer and a message that read, "Music can be so meaningless. We had to find lust. We asked our friends and lovers to help us." If that doesn't give you a warm feeling inside, you're probably reading this out in the December rain. Any band's first album in seven years is kind of a big deal, and we hope the Spring 2013 release Shaking the Habitual, will come equally as alien, but far lustier than the shivery cool Silent Shout.
Speaking of Sweden (and The Knife), Junip's Jose Gonzalez and his band-mates should be back already with a new, self-titled album in the spring. We loved 2010's Fields for its Krauty, semi-psych loner-folk, and frankly, that record is enough to leave anybody excited for a new Junip LP. Junip also released both a teaser video and a quote about the record, hinting at a sunnier, more psychedelic style. Perfect for spring, Junip will be out April 23 on Mute.
Did you just see that video? Ice record. "Blue Ice," is the chilly single from Shout Out Louds' forthcoming album Optica. Our third (and final) Swedish band on this list will release their fourth LP on February 26. Shout Out Louds have consistently been successful in creating records that wrap you up in their mood, whether it's a positive or negative one. If the connection between song title and sound is as strong on the rest of the tracks as it is on "Blue Ice," then we look forward to hearing tracks like "Sugar," "Burn" and "Destroy" from the band's first self-produced record.
The youngest band on the list, LA's Local Natives will also release a new record early next year. With enough years as a band under their belt, the amount of residual buzz from their highly accessible and generally enjoyable debut record, and an exciting new single "Breakers", Hummingbird should surely catch ears come January 29. It feels like everyone (including us) wants to know how Local Natives have grown over the past three years, and what they have in store for 2013.