2014 isn’t even over, yet I’m already geeked about a bunch of stuff coming in 2015. Here’s a look just at the releases slotted for the new year’s opening month. The big one goes first.
The Decemberists, “What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World.” January 20th on Capitol Records
The kings of narrative folk have already released a video for one of the album’s tracks. If Colin Melloy isn’t enough incentive of his own bearded and bespectacled self, there’s Nick Offerman. With a German accent. The year could end on January 20th and I’d be fine with that.
Guster, “Evermotion.” January 13th on Ocho Mule/Nettwerk Records
I’ve loved Guster since Amsterdam. The track they released from Evermotion, though, has me puzzled.
Belle And Sebastian, “Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance.” January 20th, Matador Records
Belle And Sebastian are a band I’ve always wanted to like more than I actually do. “The Party Line,” the first single for their forthcoming album, is more electronic than what I’ve heard before, and I like it.
The Lone Bellow, “Then Came The Morning.” January 27th, Descendant Records
Their 2013 debut was a revelation. Let us pronounce a hex on the sophomore slump.
The Dodos, “Individ.” January 27th, Polyvinyl Records
I was all kinds of goofy over 2009’s “Time To Die,” but subsequent Dodos releases haven’t done as much for me. I need a bounceback here.
What January releases are you anticipating?