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New Music for the New Year!

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A warm welcome to the year 2014! Whether it will be alongside resolutions to start anew or simply to discover something new, January is chalk full of music for the enthusiasts of every kind. This list is just the beginning of what could be a great year in music... and trust me, I looked ahead at upcoming releases; 2014 definitely has some goodies in store for us!

TOY
TOY -

TOY

Artist: TOY

Album: Join the Dots

Genre: Psychedelic rock, indie rock

From: England

Released: January 7 (US Release date)

This is the second studio album from the British band, released December 9 2013 in the UK. It took twice as long as their first album to record and master.

Eskimo Callboy
Eskimo Callboy -

Eskimo Callboy

Artist: Eskimo Callboy

Album: We Are The Mess

Genre: Metalcore and post-hardcore

From: Germany

Released: January 14

The second studio album from the band with Redfield Records.

Lanterns On The Lake
Lanterns On The Lake -

Lanterns On The Lake

Artist: Lanterns on the Lake

Album: Until the Colours Run

Genre: Indie rock

From: United Kingdom

Released: January 14 (US release date)

Released in October 2013 in the UK and Europe, recorded during a time of financial uncertainty and personal problems. The album release in North America, on January 14, will be followed by their first North American tour.

Set to Reflect
Set to Reflect -

Set to Reflect

Artist: Set to Reflect

Album: Artificial Sun

Genre: Hardcore, metal, ambient

From: United States

Released: January 14

The debut LP (the follow-up to their debut EP, A New Path to Walk On) that “takes the listener on an emotional journey from the lowest and darkest points of life to a more hopeful place as it ends,” according to Standby Records.

Snowbird
Snowbird -

Snowbird

Artist: Snowbird

Album: moon

Genre: Alternative

From: UK/USA

Released: January 14

Comprised of Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde (UK) and Massive Attack and Chemical Brothers’ collaborator Stephanie Dosen (USA), the album is crafted of “exquisite melody and mood that radiates the uncanny mystery of the object it’s named after: moon.” It will be released on Raymonde’s London-based label, Bella Union.

Switchfoot
Switchfoot -

Switchfoot

Artist: Switchfoot

Album: Fading West

Genre: Alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock

From: United States

Released: January 14

Fading West will be the upcoming ninth studio album from Switchfoot. An accompanying film/documentary premiered September 20, 2013 during the first concert of the Fading West Tour, and was released digitally on December 10, 2013.

Against Me!
Against Me! -

Against Me!

Artist: Against Me!

Album: Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Genre: Punk rock, alternative rock

From: United States

Released: January 21

This is the sixth studio album from the punk band. The album deals with gender dysphoria, following the coming out of Laura Jane Grace - the founder, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of Against Me! - as a transgender woman.

Augustines
Augustines -

Augustines

Artist: Augustines

Album: Augustines

Genre: Indie rock, alternative rock

From: United States

Released: January 21

Formerly We Are Augustines, this is the second album from the renamed band.

Mogwai
Mogwai -

Mogwai

Artist: Mogwai

Album: Rave Tapes

Genre: Post-rock

From: Scotland

Released: January 20/21

The upcoming eighth studio album of the band that will be released on vinyl, CD, and a limited box set. It is released January 20th in the UK and the 21st in the United States.

Painted Palms
Painted Palms -

Painted Palms

Artist: Painted Palms

Album: Forever

Genre: Psychedelic pop

From: United States

Released: January 21

Forever is the debut album from this San Francisco-based duo. In an interview with AMBY (A Music Blog. Yea?) in December, the name of the album is the opposite of their Nothing Lasts Long EP. Painted Palms explains that “The way time passes, the mechanics of memory and illusion. Translating that kind of stuff into words and sound is something that interests us.” They also explains that there is a focus on classic pop structure.

Warpaint
Warpaint -

Warpaint

Artist: Warpaint

Album: Warpaint

Genre: Indie rock, psychedelic rock, art rock, dream pop

From: United States

Released: January 21 (US release)

This will be the eponymous second studio album from the band. There is also an upcoming documentary of the same name about the recording of Warpaint. In support of the album, Warpaint are commencing on a 23-date, three-leg international tour.

Young the Giant
Young the Giant -

Young the Giant

Artist: Young the Giant

Album: Mind Over Matter

Genre: Alternative rock, indie rock

From: United States

Released: January 21

Mind over Matter will be the second studio album for the band, released through Fueled by Ramen.

Cities Aviv
Cities Aviv -

Cities Aviv

Artist: Cities Aviv

Album: Come to Life

Genre: Pop, rap

From: United States

Released: January 28

This will be the third album from Cities Aviv, comprised of artist Wilbert Gavin. This album sees Aviv “come full circle - finding a balance amid the turbulence of burgeoning adulthood in the URL and IRL, and arising from the transformative flames as a harbinger of the new paradigm,” according to WeGetPress.com.

Of Mice & Men
Of Mice & Men -

Of Mice & Men

Artist: Of Mice & Men

Album: Restoring Force

Genre: Metalcore

From: United States

Released: January 28

Restoring Force is the upcoming third full-length album from Of Mice & Men. The name of the album is a reference to their last album, The Flood. “What happens after a disaster? What happens after ‘The Flood’?” explained by frontman Austin Carlile. “You return to normal. You find balance again.”

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