January 22, 2011

The Most Anticipated Albums of 2011 Appendix

Before 2010 came to a close, AwkwardSound compiled a list of its Most Anticipated Albums of 2011 based on what had been confirmed at that point in time. 2011 still looks to be a year of slim pickings for big name releases, but in the month since publishing that guide, a few more intriguing announcements have been made by AwkwardSound's favorite artists. The following list should hold you over until the obligatory second quarter Spring Music Preview, but seriously, where are all the noise and hardcore bands hiding out this year?

Sonic Youth's Simon Werner a Disparu
Release date: February 15, 2011

There's only a handful of artists out there who can release music in any shape or form with the results being golden. Sonic Youth is part of that club and while a formal album isn't yet slated for release in 2011, they'll be offering up their original soundtrack to the French film, Simon Werner a Disparu. The score will be part of the seminal art rock band's longstanding SYR imprint series which has always been a gratifying portal into the more experimental elements and side projects members of Sonic Youth have worked on over the course of their career. Speaking of which, this would also be a fitting place to mention that frontman Thurston Moore has a Beck-produced solo album tentatively titled Benediction in the works, but no other details are available at this time.

Cold Cave's Cherish the Light Years
Release date: April 4, 2011

There's too much goth pop to keep track of these days, but Cold Cave is among the young names that stands out in the pack. The experimental synth-pop band led by former American Nightmare / Give Up the Ghost lead singer, Wesley Eisold, looks to overcome the sophomore slump on Cherish the Light Years. Those of you familiar with Eisold's former projects know they sound nothing like Cold Cave, but your inner screamo child will be pleased to hear Eisold is keeping in touch with his roots when Glassjaw's Daryl Palumbo guests on one of Cherish the Light's tracks. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner also makes an appearance.

Crystal Stilts' In Love with Oblivion
Release date: April 12, 2011

Cosmic post-punk act Crystal Stilts had a decent amount of hype building up to their 2008 debut Alright of Night. The effort was very promising, but there's still a lot of room for growth AwkwardSound would like to see the Brooklyn act move in on. Hopefully we get just that when their second LP, In Love with Oblivion, makes its way into your earbuds via long-running shoegaze label, Slumberland Records. An early report on the album's direction says Crystal Stilts are reaching for a "a bigger, more expansive sound." Upon listening to the album's first single, that style should suit them just fine.

Low's C'mon
Release date: April 12, 2011

Slocore originators, Low, will be breaking their four year silence when they release their 9th studio album, C'mon, this spring. Over the past decade, the influential Mormon indie act has gone through a spread of style shifting. 2005's The Great Destroyer was perhaps their biggest sounding rock album to date while 2007's Drums and Guns found the trio stepping away from morose guitars and slow-plodding drums by replacing them with keyboards and electronic drums. According to the band's label, Sub Pop, Low returned to the same church studio where they recorded their 2002 essential, Trust -- This time around creating "one of its most accessible, affecting albums to date."

Panda Bear's Tomboy
Release date: April 19, 2011

Tomboy was an album AwkwardSound originally put on its Fall Music Preview in 2010, seeing that Noah "Panda Bear" Lennox had to date released two singles from his much anticipated solo follow-up to the acclaimed Person Pitch. When he kept releasing vinyl single after vinyl single without offering up any firm details as to whether the songs would collectively be put on an album, however, AwkwardSound didn't think it would be right to count this Animal Collective member's eggs before they hatched a second time around. We're in the clear now, though, as Tomboy breaks out of its shell just in time for spring.

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