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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Music in 2014

2013 was a pretty great year for music - Arctic Monkeys with their melodic AM Vampire Weekend and their hard to understand Modern Vampires of the City and Haim bring back girl power with Days are Gone. But it looks like this year is going to be just as good. Lily Allen is coming back to the music world after giving us a taste of her new sound with single Hard out Here, Outkast is headlining Coachella so could there be a new album on the cards? and we are getting teasers here there and everywhere for the following albums I'm about to talk about. Here's my top five albums for the early part of 2014.
from left to right clockwise: Warpaint, Bombay Bicycle Club, Nina Nesbitt, Metronomy, Foster The People
We start with dreary january - not a lot to be happy about, is there? - you've eaten your way through christmas and summer seems so far away. But there's something brewing bound to bring a smile to your face, the new Warpaint album named…wait for it Warpaint. The eagerly anticipated follow up from the LA band after 2010's The Fool promises to be full of even more electronic symphonies and guitar, with the band describing it as some sort of sexy ecstasy - I say! Now a month that seems so far away for me personally is February and although I'm sure time will fly from here til then I still want the new Bombay Bicycle Club album RIGHT NOW. The band have already whetted our appetites with the two new singles Luna and Carry Me, both completely different but both signature Bombay. An album like this with its token summer sound makes me certain the band will be making their way through some of the hottest (probably not weather wise) UK festivals in 2014.

Someone celebrating her debut album being released in February is Scottish singer Nina Nesbitt with Peroxide. After releasing several EP's (some songs such as Stay Out will be on the album) she has finally compiled a track list and set a release date of February 17th for her new record. One of the more social media adept of singers she already has a strong following of fans and people already pre-ordering the album. And if the single Stay Out is anything to go by it's going to be a strong contender in the album charts. Metronomy frontman Joseph Mount from Totnes in Devon has delved a little deeper with his new album Love Letters, he has composed the whole album with no computers, taking to a more old fashioned (and longer) approach. It still involves that Metronomy  - tight electronics and experimental sounds are going to make it a timeless classic and the first single from the album Aquarius proves just that.

Another album that will no doubt provides summer sounds like their debut is Foster The People's recently announced second album Supermodel. Originally planned for 2013 release is has come a little later that planned but the band say the sound will involve more inspiration from The Clash, The Kinks and David Bowie - well worth the wait then you would think? Have a listen of new single Coming of Age here and see what you think.

Happy listening!

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