2013 is shaping up to be another big year for releases from staple indie bands of the ’90s. While you can expect new albums from Mogwai, Yo La Tengo, Low, and My Bloody Valentine, there’s still a plethora of material being released from emerging and not-quite-as-established artists.
As with all beginning-of-year lists, though, this one is incomplete. Undoubtedly, there will be many albums released during the next 12 months that no one is currently aware of, but it’s a good bet that these six albums will be on year-end lists alongside some of the biggest surprises. Here are some of the most anticipated indie rock albums of 2013.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra — “II” (2/9, Jagjaguwar)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s 2011 self-titled debut grabbed rave reviews and many good words, but the much needed critical groundswell didn’t quite culminate in the band’s entrance into the wider popular discussion. Unknown’s sound — which could be described as a west coast, drug-addled warp of Grizzly Bear — didn’t quite catch fire, but it has the potential. If “II” is anywhere near as good as the debut, Unknown Mortal Orchestra may have a very big 2013.