MostAnticipated2014SoFar
By Eric Davidson, Lizzie Plaugic, Hannah Kolitz and Max Lefkowitz
 
Way back in January we compiled a list of the albums we were most excited to hear in 2014. Now that the year’s halfway over, we’ve had some to to reassess that list, adding some new choices and swapping out others. Some of our original picks already dropped (Swans, Tweens), some just fell down a few notches on our interest radar (A$AP Rocky’s instrumental joint) and others we’re still waiting for (Kendrick, obviously). So here they are, in alphabetical order, 20 more albums that, after all these months, still have us waiting eagerly for their arrival.


Alt-JThis Is All Yours (Infectious Music)

Release date: September 22
Hey, lots of people liked Alt-J’s first album, An Awesome Wave, including us. Their follow-up’s first single samples a Miley Cyrus song that features fucking Nelly. That means even more people are going to like this album. It’s simple math. – Lizzie Plaugic
 


AlvvaysS/T (Polyvinyl)

Release date: July 22
This Canadian bunch got Chad VanGaalen to make their swirly summer pop just swirly enough to allow some melancholy to waft out. Their lilting sound doesn’t extend to the gym rat-like amount of touring they do, which has increased the demand for this album to land already. – Eric Davidson
 


ArcaTBD (Hippos In Tanks)


Release date: TBD
The Venezuelan producer Alejandro Ghersi is known mostly for lurking in the shadows of greats like Sir Yeezus himself, but last year’s &&&&& mix put Arca’s own icy, left-field electronics in the spotlight, and a new release under Hippos In Tanks will only make that spotlight brighter. – LP
 


Avi BuffaloAt Best Cuckold (Sub Pop)

Release date: September 9
The project of Sub Pop’s sunny, sad, star boy Avi Zahner-Isenberg, Avi Buffalo is following up its pulse-dropping 2010 debut with a cheekily named LP that, even after only one single, is already dripping with infectious suburban apathy. – LP
 


BANKSGoddess (Harvest Records)


Release date: September 9
After the release of 2013’s London EP, Angeleno Jillian Banks, the rhapsodic singer-songwriter who goes by the moniker BANKS, saw her career launch in a manner that most up-and-comers could only attempt to match in their dreams. From having her song featured in a Victoria’s Secret ad to opening on tour for the Weeknd, BANKS’s music, which aches with a sense of beautiful vulnerability and implacable longing, has proven worthy of all the hype. – Hannah Kolitz
 


FKA TwigsLP1 (Young Turks)

Release date: August 12
Tahliah Barnett is set to follow up EP1 and EP2 with LP1. What can we expect? Given what we’ve heard so far, it seems like more watery, ultimately smooth experimental pop muses are in store. I’m also particularly excited to see how long Barnett can ride the wave of this naming system. – LP
 


GrimesTBD (4AD)

Release date: September 9?
In 2011, Grimes played a CMJ Music Marathon set in the tiny back room of Pianos. Now she’s drawing hordes of synth-shakin’ fans at Gov Ball. We’re going to ask her to marry us. – LP
 


Hudson Mohawke/LuniceTBA (Warp/LuckyMe)

Release date: TBA
A TNGHT hiatus means Hudson Mohawke and Lunice have some time to work on solo stuff, and that means a one-two punch of releases—HudMo’s first since 2011’s Satin Panthers EP, and Lunice’s first since his One Hunned EP from the same year. The fact that their release schedule is still synched is just an added bonus. – LP
 


InterpolEl Pintor (Matador)

Release date: September 9
This band somehow holds a perpetual interest for a large segment of the indie world, and right when you think that’ll wane, a new album announcement creeps up and ramps up that interest. This time the ramp is steeper, as word is this one will be a return to form after the odd turns of 2010’s self-titled album. – ED
 


Kendrick LamarTBA (Top Dawg Entertainment)

Release date: TBA
2012’s good kid m.a.a.d city is a very difficult album to follow. It’s a near-flawless LP: lyrically intense, structured with a winding narrative (it’s been likened to James Joyce’s Ulysses); and culturally significant, employing a street-level view of a Compton usually shoved under the rug. But it’s precisely because GKMC was so good that it’s a safe bet whatever comes next will deliver. Plus, always-cool Kendrick says he’s not even feeling any pressure. – LP
 

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