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January Jams

Pretty straight-forward, list is albums I'm looking forward to--or at least morbidly interested in the final stretch of a surprisingly well-weighted January.

Really dug the single, but had honestly forgotten about this bad boy until being reminded earlier today--which also had the happy byproduct of inspiring this list.
3James Blake
Assume Form
Don't Feed the Pop Monster

Need to do some further investigation of this, since while I loved this duo's debut EP and album, while their, not so much. It's primarily because of how generic the sound had become, so hopefully the tongue-in-cheek title of this record is actually more seriously indicative of some moves being made--but, again, will have to investigate.
Strength In Numb333rs

Another "Eh, maybe" entry here. Still salty over letlive.'s demise, and Fever-333's output thus far has been, frankly, pretty average, its simplistic sound belying the pedigree of the members. Still, maybe the stars will align and the full-length will end up dropping a few surprises rather than just lather-rinse-repeat-ing.
6Alice Merton

"No Roots" and "Lash Out" are absolutely overplayed to death, but then again, so was "Dog Days Are Over" back in the day, and Lungs, despite being a decade(!) old, has remained a perennial favorite, so hopefully Merton truly follows in the footsteps of one of her most obvious influences.
Nowhere Now Here
8Pedro the Lion

Don't call it a comeback! Well, maybe do. Actually just started delving into Bazan in general--and this project in particular--over the past year, which is some fairly fortuitous, and I'm gonna go ahead and call intentional timing.
9Maggie Rogers
Heard It in a Past Life

Local(ish) gal makes good, which is maybe why I'm this excited for what's, really, a pretty formulaic pop sound. No matter. "Light On" is almost distressingly catchy. Plus, she's from only an hour away, so that's gotta count for something, right?
10Swallow the Sun
When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light

Still haven't listened to Lumina Aurea, mainly due to its intimidating runtime--and don't you worry, I fully realize the irony of having a qualm like that with a band like Swallow the Sun. But I'd be lying to say a bit of fatigue didn't set in on the triple-disc Songs from the North; at a concise 8 songs--which, without any research whatsoever, I can safely assume are likely still set to max out the space on the disc--looking forward to a (relatively) more digestible offering from the stalwart doomsters.
11Toro Y Moi
Outer Peace
12The Twilight Sad
It Won/t Be Like This All the Time

All I can say is, it's about gotdang time.
13Sharon Van Etten
Remind Me Tomorrow

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