2013 was one of the more memorable years in music for Bear Family. We finally got the opportunity to see Bruce ‘The Boss’ Springsteen live, we saw local boys Tame Impala explode into the global music stratosphere with their sophomore masterpiece, ‘Lonersim’ and we were introduced to a sassy youngster by the name of Lorde thanks to Frank Ocean’s weak vocal chords at Splendour in the Grass.
But it is now time to avert our gaze to the year ahead. So many highlights await us in the year ahead. The Rolling Stones will bring their Glastonbury headliner stage show to Australia, Eminem will bring a road show of talent with him for his RAPTURE festival tour and we get ready to watch the stock price of 7/11 skyrocket in Colorado with the legalisation of spliff across the state.
We will also see a myriad of new music arrive on our laps in 2014, and here are Bear Family’s picks for ‘Most Anticipated Albums’ for 2014.
BROKEN BELLS- AFTER THE DISCO ( February 2014)
The Shins’ James Mercer will team up once more with producer/wunderkind DANGER MOUSE for the follow up to BROKEN BELLS self titled debut album. The first single, Holding on for Life sounds like Barry Gibbs’ psychedelic love child, and we adore the combination.
THE HORRORS- TBA (Early 2014)
Keyboardist Tom Cowan of UK based shoegazers’ THE HORRORS previewed their fourth album as being ‘Fuzzy and Distorted’. One look at guitarist Joshua Hayward’s home made pedal arrangement, and we are not surprised.
CLOUD NOTHINGS-TBA (Mid 2014)
Cleveland’s CLOUD NOTHINGS blew us away with their raw lo fi sound on ‘Wasted Days’, and they have been teasing us with snippets of their follow up since December. The best ‘pained screech’ in the business.
SCHOOLBOY Q- OXYMORON (February 25, 2014)
In a year full of Black Hippy releases including Kendrick Lamar and Ab Soul, SCHOOLBOY Q’s follow up to ‘Habits and Contradictions’ is without doubt one of the most exciting. After delay after delay, it looks like ‘Q’ will finally give us what we all crave.
This is purely based on a bit of a hunch that Daniel Victor Snaith (AKA CARIBOU), having been out of action for four years, instead wandering about under the moniker ‘Daphni’, is overdue for a record. That combined with the numerous Caribou dates he has already announced across the globe, we are hoping a release is imminent.