Most Anticipated Albums of 2014

Get excited for the year to come with 18 of the most anticipated albums of 2014

We’ve officially wrapped up the best-of 2013 lists and are now getting excited for the year ahead. Some of the albums on this list have definitive dates and names while others we can only hope for.

Let us know which album you’re looking forward to most in 2014 in the comments.
 

Broken BellsAfter the Disco – Columbia, February 4

Near the end of last year we got the good news that The Shin’s James Mercer and producer Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) would be teaming up as Broken Bells and releasing a second album. The first single “Holding on For Life” was an instant hit and now you can hear the title track.

 

Tokyo Police ClubForcefield – Dine Alone, March 25

Toronto indie rockers TPC haven’t released any new material since 2011. Finally the boys shared a new (3 part) song called “Argentina“. Soon after they announced the album title, Forecfield, and shared the tracklist in a word search. Check out the newest single “Hot Tonight”.

 

Modest MouseTBA – TBA

Fans have been holding their breath for a follow up to 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank and this might be the year. The band cancelled their European tour this summer to work on the new album posting this to their website: “After much thought, we have decided to cancel our EU/UK tour to continue work on our forthcoming album.”

Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic plays on the upcoming LP and revealed that the new album is “pretty edgy.” We can also assume that Outkast’s Big Boi is involved as he tweeted “Been camped out in the Lab with Modest Mouse all week, workin on the new mouse LP, coolest cats ever. Long Live The Funk” back in 2011.

Modest Mouse began playing new material earlier this year, including a song called “Be Brave” at Coachella.

 

Kevin DrewDarlings – Arts & Crafts, March 18

Kevin Drew’s follow up to 2007’s Spirit If… is finally around the corner. Seven years in the making, Darlings features contributions from Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene), Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle), and Dave Hamelin (The Stills).

Drew said on the album:

“This record is a celebration of memories. It’s about the rise and fall of love and sex, in my own life and in today’s society. This topic has been with me for years. I approached it focused purely on the songwriting, leaving all the tricks and explosions behind. I hope you like it… and if you don’t, give to someone who will.”

Listen to the first single “Good Sex” here.

 

Foster The PeopleSupermodel – Columbia, March 18

Foster the People fans have been on the edge of their seat waiting for the follow up to 2011’s Torches. The band announced the arrival of Supermodel with the first single “Coming of Age” (listen below).

Frontman Mark Foster said in 2012:

“One thing about Foster The People is that it’s taking pieces of a lot of different genres of music and kind of melding them together… This next record’s going to be more evolved; it’s going to be a clearer picture of what I’ve had in my head when it comes to that vision.”


 

The RentalsTBA – Polyvinyl, TBA

Former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp is dusting off The Rentals for their first LP in 15 years. The as-of-now untitled album was recorded in NYC, Nashville and LA features a new batch of members, most notably Patrick Carney of the Black Keys on drums. Sharp announced last month via Twitter that The Rentals had been signed to Polyvinyl.
 

GrimesTBA – Roc Nation, September 9

Grimes has been hard at work on a follow up to 2012’s brilliant Visions, and she’s now been signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation. She recently tweeted that the new record could drop in September:

In mid-2012, Grimes said:

“I’ve been working on more percussive noise music and also a lot of straight vocal music. I want to make dark percussive shit and… release an album that’s halfway between ethereal reggaeton and industrial dance music but is still very pop in its song [structures].”

 

Death From Above 1979 TBA – TBA

Anxious fans have been waiting on details for DFA’s next record after the Toronto duo confirmed to be working on new material this summer. Sebastien Grainger said they road-tested some new tracks during their 2012 tour, but the songs have evolved since then.

Grainger said:

“I don’t know when the record will be done, so I can’t really speak specifically on details in that regard…We’re still working on the material… it’ll be done when it’s done. It could be in three weeks, it could be three months.”

 

BeckMorning Phase – Capitol, February

Beck’s first album since 2008’s Modern Guilt is just around the corner. Beck described the record as coming from the tradition of “California music” and said, “I’m hearing the Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Gram Parsons, Neil Young—the bigger idea of what that sound is to me.”

He performed one of the new tracks, “Wave”, in LA recently. Check it out below.

 

St. Vincent St. Vincent – Republic, February 25

Annie Clark is coming back with a follow up album to her 2011 Strange Mercy. She’s already released a couple singles from her self-titled album that have Toronto fans looking forward to St. Vincent headlining NXNE this June. Give “Digital Witness” a spin below.

 

New PornographersTBA – Matador, Late spring

Neko Case just released her latest solo effort, The Worse Things Get… in September but we’re still eager for the sixth studio album from New Pornographers. Case Reported back in the summer that they were hard at work on their next LP; the first one since 2010’s Together.
 

Timber Timbre Hot Dreams –Arts & Crafts, April 1

Timber Timbre have been quiet for a couple years but the Torontonian folk outfit will be making their return this spring. The band worked with Graham Lessard (Young Galaxy, Stars, Plants and Animals) to engineer the album. Check out the teaser they released last month for “Hot Dreams”.


 

Young the Giant Mind Over Matter – Fueled by Ramen, January 21

This will be the second studio album from California’s Young the Giant. The band has generously been streaming the album free on iTunes until its release next week. They’ve also released two singles: “It’s About Time” and “Crystallized”, the latter of which you can hear below.

 

Johnny CashAmong The Stars – Columbia/Legacy, March 25

Cash had been working on this album in the 80s and it was just recently discovered by his son John Carter Cash. Produced by Billy Sherrill, the songs were recorded in Nashville during 1981 and at 1111 Sound Studios in 1984. The 12 track album will be available this March but you can check out the first single below.

 

Belle and SebastianTBA – Matador, Late Spring

Back in August, Belle and Sebastian released a B-sides and rarities album and now the Glasgow indie pop heroes are supposedly working on their ninth studio album. Their longtime label, Matador, announced that the group would perform at Sundance Film Festival (frontman Stuart Murdoch has a musical film project premiering), and that they’re headed back to the studio.
 

ChromeoWhite Women – Last Gang, TBA

Montreal-turned-NYC electrofunk duo Chromeo are gearing up to release their fourth album. White Women will feature Solange, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), and more. While they’ve always taken a lighthearted approach to their music, Macklovitch says the lyrics on the new album are some of the funniest he’s ever written. Check out the latest single:

 

Mogwai Rave Tapes – Sub Pop, January 21

The Scottish instrumental kings last released an album in 2011 but have been busy working on soundtracks for TV/movies. Their forthcoming record, Rave Tapes, drops on the 21st of this month but they are streaming the whole thing now. You can hear it here.
 

James Blake & Chance The RapperTBA – TBA

It was recently announced that Chance The Rapper will be moving into a home in Los Angeles with James Blake later this year to work on a project together. The pair previously collaborated on a remix and video of Blake’s song “Life Round Here” which you can see below.