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The 60 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

on January 04, 2013, 12:01am
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And voila it’s 2013.

It seems like only yesterday Cloud Nothings’ then new album Attack on Memory was fueling my jog through the cold, wintry streets of Chicago, yet today it’s time to look ahead to another year brimming with anticipated releases. So, what does 2013 have in store? In the pages that follow, we’ve highlighted the 60 albums worthy of your excitement. Not all of them are a sure bet — ahem, Daft Punk, The Avalanches — but with names like Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, Atoms For Peace, Earl Sweatshirt, Nick Cave, and The Knife, even if only 58 of these albums actually come out, 2013 will be just fine. -Alex Young


 The 60 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013


January 22nd via Mom + Pop

FIDLAR has the soundtrack for the other side of the fiscal cliff, and it boils blood in the same vein as The Germs, Suicidal Tendencies, and Descendants. The Los Angeles punk outfit prefaced its debut full-length with a pair of sloppy, snarling tunes,  “Cheep Beer” and “White On White”, and spent the last part of November on a PBR-drenched mini-tour of the Northeast with JEFF The Brotherhood and Delta Spirit to further hint at what’s to come. FIDLAR could let the band quit their day jobs to do what they do best: make music for people without day jobs. -Chris Rotolo

Listen: “Cheap Beer”

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Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

January 22nd via Jagjaguwar

Foxygen is Sam France and Jonathan Rado, a couple of goofballs who look and sound like misplaced time-travelers from the 1960s. On last year’s bedroom-recorded debut album, Take the Kids Off Broadway, the duo mimed Mick Jagger’s vocals, sang about getting stoned, and delivered a multitude of delectable melodies. They’re cleaning up the lo-fi fuzz on We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, but if the lead single “Shuggie” is any indication, they’ve lost none of their psych-pop charm. -Jon Hadusek

Listen: “Shuggie”

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The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law

January 22nd via Canvasback/Atlantic

Lead singer Ritzy Bryan stated in an interview with UK DJ Zane Lowe that “nature for us is a huge inspiration, an important metaphor for all different types of life in general.” An intimate connection with the natural world harnessed throughout her childhood has reached its conclusion with Wolf’s Law. The record strays from the distortion-heavy wall of sound found on their debut, The Big Roar, marrying moments of delicate introspection on tracks such as “Silent Treatment”, with the abrasive pop-punk of “This Ladder Is Ours” and a fuzz-riff infused “Cholla”. Self-imposed isolation saw the album crafted in early 2012 in a snow-covered studio near Portland, Maine, resulting in a crystallization of a band in tune with their surroundings away from the commotion of modern living. -Jamie Boyd

Listen: “The Ladder Is Ours”

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Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return

January 22nd via Carpark

Chaz Bundick, aka Toro Y Moi, has come a long way since 2010, when he dropped his debut Causers of This, an album that helped spearhead the so-called “chillwave movement.” We saw a little bit of evolution with his sophomore record Underneath The Pine, but it’s his third effort, Anything In Return, that shows the most promise in terms of total genre reinvention (or destruction?). The chill element is alive and well, but Bundick makes sure to dabble in everything from dizzying disco-studded dance tracks (“Say That”) to syrupy, electro/R&B numbers (“So Many Details”). As he explained, “I’m just trying to make sincere pop music that’s not all processed and bubblegum. Underground isn’t always relevant; I want to see what’s popular, then put my own spin on it.” -Michelle Geslani

Listen: “So Many Details”

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Local Natives – Hummingbird

January 29th via Frenchkiss

Local Natives have moved out of Gorilla Manor  They recorded and mixed the album in Montreal and Brooklyn instead of their L.A. home and, figuratively, they seek to work “beyond what was familiar for them.” Most of Hummingbird’s 11 tracks have already been premiered live, including the lead single “Breakers”, all indicating that co-producer Aaron Dessner of The National has retained the band’s layers of Afropop and complex harmonies while naturally elevating the moments of drama. -Ben Kaye

Listen: “Breakers”

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April 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm

<3 Daft Punk

January 31, 2013 at 1:18 pm

the strokes

Josué López
January 30, 2013 at 11:23 am


Johannes Netelenbos
January 28, 2013 at 11:17 am

The postal service

Richard Garry
January 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Nice post. I like it. Yes there are the some the top 60 most anticipated albums of 2013 but these list should contain some more albums. Please include that also in these list. Thanks for sharing this list with us.

January 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Janelle Monae reportedly has a new record coming out in 2013, after she failed to deliver on her plan of dropping two in 2012. If it’s halfway as good as The Archandroid, that’s automatically my most anticipated album of 2013.

Peat Baloney
January 12, 2013 at 3:47 am

john grant’s Pale Green Ghosts

Scott Kampmeyer
January 10, 2013 at 4:58 pm

The Flaming Lips have a new album “The Terror” coming in January 2013

January 10, 2013 at 8:18 am


January 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I love Consequence of Sound but as a website that focuses much of their coverage on music festivals it is unbelievable that you guys continue to tragically neglect the band Lotus. Their upcoming album ‘Build’ is one of the most anticipated releases of 2013 for many followers of the festival circuit. There is no band in existence like Lotus and if you haven’t seen them live you are *truly* missing out on a mind-blowing experience. They’ve performed prime late-night festival sets at Bonnaroo ’10, All Good ’10 & ’12, and have appeared at just about every other music festival in existence (Summer Camp, Wakarusa, etc.). They host their own festival called Summerdance at Nelson Ledges in northeastern Ohio in August. COS, PLEASE start focusing some attention on one of the most incredible live bands of our generation. It was actually shocking to me that they weren’t even mentioned in this list.

They recently announced their Winter/Spring 2013 tour dates. If they’re coming through your area I would strongly advise trying to catch a show. You won’t be the same afterwards!

January 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Modest Mouse.

January 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Did you leave out Daft Punk purposely?

Alex Young
January 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Check page 7

Tyson Staab
January 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm

No The Weeknd?!?!?!

Jordan Lipshutz
January 6, 2013 at 1:55 am

James River – D’Angelo

January 6, 2013 at 12:17 am

some exclusions that I’m jazzed about are

1. Franz Ferdinand – last year they played some new material and this particular one ‘Right Thoughts’ has the dance feel that you loved about them in 2004.

2. Interpol – Paul Banks said that they were recording this year.

3. Popstrangers – this cool aggressive/sweet band from New Zealand.

4. The Horrors – ‘Skying’ was magnificent and I read that they were releasing an LP this year.

Also Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes are apparently releasing material this year but who gives a shit.

January 4, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Cage the Elephant

Jordan Bellant
January 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Forgot about (Dr.) Dre?

Alex Young
January 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Nah, we just stopped caring.

January 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I’m looking forward to The Milkman’s Union’s (of Portland, ME)new release-so fresh I don’t even know the title.

Karaoke Battle Rapper
January 4, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Azealia Banks album “Broke With Expensive Taste” is the one i’m waiting for.

January 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Cough cough Low cough Alan Sparhawk grumble wheeze.

January 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Interesting that Christopher Owens, the man behind COS’s 21st best album of 2011, has an album dropping in a few weeks that couldn’t crack a list including albums with only a slight chance of being released in 2013 (ex. Daft Punk). Not a bad list, but that’s an odd exclusion.

January 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

Interviewed The Men’s Nick Chiericozzi last week for a newspaper in Kentucky where his family lives. He told me The Men’s next album will come out in early March and they already have another album after that recorded.

January 4, 2013 at 8:08 am

Foals. Don’t know if they’ll top TLF, but still.

Alex Cho
January 4, 2013 at 7:22 am

Devendra Banhart?

January 4, 2013 at 1:17 am

Isn’t it possible all 3 of Maynard James Keenan’s bands could release music this year?

January 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm



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