2013 has been a big year for album releases: from Artic Monkey's AM to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories to Kanye West's Yeezus, the year has brought us a surplus of innovative music making and we have faith that the end of the year will continue to keep us satisfied. Therefore, in honor of an epic year in music we've compiled a list of 13 upcoming album releases we are looking forward to the most:
13. Lucius, Wildewoman Oct. 15
Brooklyn's indie-pop quintet has made a splash this summer, performing at festivals like Solid Sound, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and Bonnaroo. After releasing a four track EP that ranged from the soft "Go Home" to the rhythmic "Genevieve," listeners were eager to hear new singles "Tempest" and "Hey, Doreen" from the band's upcoming debut album. Take a listen to "Tempest" below:
12. Au Revior Simone, Move in Spectrums Sept. 24
Another Brooklyn-hailing band, Au Revior Simone, is coming out with their fourth full-length album after a four year hiatus. Heather D'Angelo, Erika Forster, and Annie Hart make up the dreamy trio whose sound consists of synths, keyboards and layers of vocals. "Somebody Who" is a pop filled song with electronic beats that are perfect for a crisp fall evening.
11. Danny Brown, Old Sept. 30
Since his debut album The Hybrid released in 2010 Danny Brown has been on everyone's radar. With a distinct voice and no shame lyrics, Danny grabs your attention as he raps above addictive EDM beats. The Detroit-born emcee titles his third album Old, referring to fans asking for the "old Danny," and the album's opening track, "Side A (Old)" features just that - the gritty, spitting Danny Brown that fans first fell in love with.
10. M.I.A., Matangi Nov. 5
M.I.A.'s Mathangi Arulpragasam continues to butt heads with her label Interscope, who originally deemed her new album as "too positive," when she recently threatened to leak it if the label didn't set a release date. Interscope responded and secured Mantangi for November 5th. M.I.A. states the album is like "Paul Simon on acid" and after the release of "Come Walk With Me" we can't disagree.
9. Glasser, Interiors Oct. 8
Cameron Mesirow, a.k.a. Glasser, is releasing her sophomore album Interiors on October 8th, featuring 12 tracks that were influenced by the complexities of interior and exterior space Mesirow saw in an architectural design book titled Delirious New York. With tracks like "Landscape," "Exposure," and "Shape," Glasser uses experimental pop to sing about the tension between one's emotions and physical surroundings. The abstract music video to "Design," directed by Jonathan Turner, features Mesirow in a minimally filled room attempting to show "a moment of joy that exists in the anticipation of ecstasy," according to a note the artist released alongside the video.
8. Drake, Nothing Was The Same Sept. 24
Drake's forthcoming third LP was leaked earlier this week, ahead of its scheduled September 24th release date. The album's 16 tracks display an evolved Drake who raps on top of hazy, beat heavy sounds. Although we see familiar topics in this album, such as his relationships with women and his never-ending regrets, Drake seems to reveal even more of personal issues than we've seen in the past. Take "Too Much" for example; the heartfelt ballad in which Drake addresses his uncle and mother and states "Money got my whole family going backwards/no dinner, no holidays, no nothing/there's issues at hand we're not discussing."
7. Blitzen Trapper, VII Oct. 1
Portland-based experimental rock group Blitzen Trapper's VII is the latest to come from the five member band since their two track EP Hey Joe came out last year. Appropriately named "VII," the album will be the band's seventh release in the last 10 years, with each one featuring distinct qualities that overlap and seep into different genres. "Ever Loved Once" is a foot tapping, bluesy rock song with a catchiness that's bound to get played on repeat.
6. Dr. Dog, B-Room Oct. 1
The 12-year-old Philly band is back with their eighth album B-Room, which was recorded in mostly live sessions in an old silversmith mill the band renovated themselves. On their website, Dr. Dog declares B-Room to be "in its purest form a soul album," and after listening to "Broken Heart" all we can do is wait for October 1st to hear the rest.
5. Cults, Static Oct. 15
Claiming to be a "breakup album," Static will be Cult's newest LP since their self-titled debut in 2011. The NYC experimental pop duo made up of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin released their new single, "High Road" from the album and it takes you on a dreamy adventure with Follin's airy voice carrying on top of a haunting layer of strings and organ.
4. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Nov. 5
It's been three years since Eminem's latest album, Recovery, but the old Slim Shady is coming back with an LP that he claims to be a follow-up to the first Marshall Mather LP. Dr. Dre is still in the picture, and has been ever since he signed Eminem back in 2008 at the dawn of his career. Two tracks from the second M.M. LP, "Berzerk" and "Survival," are advertised in the new Call of Duty and the album will be available for download for those who buy the game in November.
3. Lorde, Pure Heroine Oct. 1
New Zealand's Lorde is 16-year-old Ella Yelich-O'Connor who has been predicted to be the next "Queen of Pop." Her song "Royals" recently brought Lorde to the top of Billboard's alternative songs, making her the first female to reach the number one spot since Tracy Bonham's "Mother Mother" in 1996. Her first LP Pure Heroine will drop October 1st, and based on her extremely well-received EP The Love Club she's going to be turning heads across the globe. Her latest track "Team" is bursting with fresh sounds that show the maturity in her voice and songwriting abilities.
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Speed of Things Oct. 8
The Speed of Things is the second album to come from the Detroit dyad Daniel Zott and Josh Epstein, known for their electro-psychedelic sounds and chill dance vibes. Their follow-up to It's A Corporate World offers a vibrantly textured, mood tickling experience, and we can't wait for you all to join the ride.
1. Arcade Fire, 'Reflektor' Oct. 29
The seven piece band that makes up the forceful, dynamic Arcade Fire will be releasing their newest album Reflektor at the end of October. To follow-up to their Grammy-winning The Suburbs, Win Butler and crew have taken on quite the task, but from what we've heard in the album's title track, they're doing things right. Listen below to the James Murphy-produced, David Bowie cameo'd 8-minute single.