From Lana Del Rey to Leonard Cohen, looking at 2012's best new music - Reverb

I Might Be Wrong: Twelve Drool-Worthy 2012 Releases

Oh no: Not another list. When will the madness end?

I know I am partially to blame, but one more inventory shouldn’t upset the equilibrium too much. So, here are the albums that should have you seething at the mouth with anticipation. The albums that deserve tent cities outside of Twist & Shout, Insound pre-pre-orders and masked stake-outs of storage warehouses. Okay, maybe not any of that, but you should be pretty stoked on these.

Note: A couple of these aren’t 100% slated for released in 2012, but have at least a song out or band/label confirmation that the record is progressing. (I’m looking at you DOOM and Ghostface.)

12.The Walkmen, “TBA” (Summer 2012)

The never-say-die New Yorkers are in the studio and readying a new one for the warmer months. Check out a recent performance of an oldie, “We’ve Been Had.”


The Walkmen discuss and perform “We’ve Been Had”

11. Animal Collective, “TBA” (TBA)

The word is they’ve been writing and recording is set for January. Here’s hoping for a release sometime within the next year. Below you’ll find a recent video of highlights from AC’s Guggenheim performace, “Tranverse Temporal Gyrus,” in 2010. It was, without a doubt, one of the oddest events I’ve ever attended.

10.The xx, “TBA” (TBA)

A demo of “Open Eyes” from this forthcoming record has just hit the web. It’s what you’d expect: spare, forlorn and downright beautiful.

9. Light Asylum, “TBA” (Spring 2012)

It’s unclear whether or not previously released material will make the full-length debut from Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello. What is certain: It will be eccentric, foreboding and badass.

(Watch out: The following “Dark Allies” video is a bit NSFW.)

Dark Allies – Light Asylum from Grant Worth on Vimeo.

8. Dan Deacon, “TBA” (TBA)

Via his Facebook and Twitter accounts this week, Deacon chimes in from Wham City and says that he’s halfway through mixing an upcoming full-length. In lieu of any new music, here’s a not-so-subtle reminder of what the electro magician Double D can hit you upside the head with.

7. Sharon Van Etten, “Tramp” (Feb. 7)

If the first single, “Serpents,” from her upcoming LP is any indication, the whole record is going to be edgy and fresh.

Sharon Van Etten – Serpents by Pretty Much Amazing

6. Sleigh Bells, “Reign of Terror” (Feb. 14)

The teaser trailer thrashes. Happy Valentine’s Day.

Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror from Mom+Pop on Vimeo.

5. Andrew Bird, “Break It Yourself” (March 6)

This vid couldn’t be more different from the one above, but it gets you excited for Bird’s whistling all the same.

Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself from Mom+Pop on Vimeo.

4. Air, “Le Voyage Dans Le Lune” (Feb. 7)

You know that old French film with the creepy moon that the Smashing Pumpkins borrowed for its “Tonight, Tonight” video? Well, it’s been restored and that old French band, Air, has been commissioned to provide a soundtrack for it. “Parade” was released a week ago.

Parade

3. Doomstarks (DOOM and Ghostface), “Swift & Changeable” (TBA)

This one has been in the works since 2006, but 2011 saw the release of a song, “Victory Laps,” as well as word that the two are working on it again. Fingers crossed.

DOOMSTARKS – Victory Laps by aboveGround Magazine

2. Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die” (Jan. 31)

Internet controversies aside, this chick oozes sexuality and can put together a tune. The most recent single released is the record’s title track.

1. Leonard Cohen, “Old Ideas” (Jan. 31)

The living legend’s first batch of new songs in over seven years is worthy of placement on your Facebook Timeline. Check out the haunting, growling cut, “Show Me the Place,” below.

Show Me The Place by leonardcohen

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