Best Indie Music Releases for Early 2011

Indie Albums of Early 2011

Though I recently discussed the decline in popularity of the album in a recent article (The Death of The Album), that doesn't mean that the album is an obsolete art form as of yet.  Several albums are being issued in 2011 that may hold somewhat of a redemption factor for the musical album.  Indie music is having several releases that are highly anticipated and guaranteed to be good.  I suggest that you take a chance to listen to all of these early 2011 indie music releases when they come out.  These are the best indie music releases of early 2011 and they will not disappoint. 

The Decemberists: The King Is Dead - This album was released on January 17th 2011, and is absolutely wonderful.  Rather than following the concept album route that the Decemberists had done with The Hazards of Love, The King is Dead is filled with stand alone tracks that are wonderful.  The album hit the number 1 spot in sales for the week on January 26th.  It is one of the best indie music album releases for early 2011.

The King Is Dead

Iron & Wine: Kiss Each Other Clean - Iron & Wine's fourth studio album was released on January 25th, 2011.  The album is filled with catchy songs, wonderful musicianship, and excellent lyrics from songwriter Sam Beam.  I suggest this release, as it is one of my favorite indie music releases so far in early 2011.

Kiss Each Other Clean

Bright Eyes: The People's Key - Prolific songwriter Conor Oberst departed from The Mystic Valley Band and recorded another album with his longest lasting music outfit Bright Eyes.  The album drops the country/Americana style that Oberst had been shifting towards to pick up a more rock/synth style.  The album is currently streaming for free on NPR, and will be until the album's release date of February 15th.  The People's Key is guaranteed to be one of the best indie albums of early 2011.

The People's Key

A Hawk and a Hacksaw: Cervantine - This album by former Neutral Milk Hotel Drummer (and current accordianist) Jeremy Barnes and violinist Heather Trost is set to be released on March 8th 2011.  The predominantly instrumental tracks by A Hawk and a Hackasaw are very captivating, mainly sounding like traditional Turkish and Eastern European music.  This will be one of the best indie music releases for early 2011.


The Mountain Goats: All Eternals Deck - This release is the prolific John Darnielle's 18th studio album as The Mountain Goats.  Unlike the last release (The Life of The World To Come), which was softer and more piano driven, All Eternals Deck is supposed to be heavier.  Be sure to check out this album on its March 29th, 2011 release date.  It will definitely be one of the best indie music releases for 2011.

All Eternals Deck

All of these albums will definitely be some of the top indie music albums of early 2011, and I highly recommend them.  Though I only listed 5 albums, there are several more indie music albums of early 2011 that are going to be wonderful without a doubt. 2011 will be a great year for indie music releases.