Records to look forward to this year

Yes, humanity! It is 2013 and we are alive! Some of you might have decided not to make long-term plans and resolutions before 2012 ended thinking that there is nothing to look forward to after December 21st. But not these talented music acts who have managed to churn out some of the most promising 2013 new music releases due this first quarter.

The Afterman: Descension

Progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria will release the second part of their double album release, “The Afterman” on February 5. “The Afterman: Descension” features the single, “The Hard Sell”, which was pre-released on December 18, 2012 in the Fresh Cuts Vol. 8 compilation CD.

If you liked the first part of this concept album, “The Afterman: Ascension”, you would certainly dig the fact that the latest music from Coheed and Cambria is essential to the back story of Sirius Amory and the Keywork. On the other hand, those who are new to the band has the option to read the Amory Wars comics or listen to all previous albums, or perhaps, do both, to get the drift.

Also to be released on February 5 is Eels tenth studio album, “Wonderful, Glorious”, which includes “Peach Blossom”—a song that was released on Soundcloud last November and immediately Wonderful, Gloriousbecame a hit among internet hipsters the world over. The new song had its premier on Stereogum a month later followed by the pre-release of the second single, “New Alphabet”, on

Now fans of the band and 2013 new music enthusiasts can look forward to a physical album as well as a deluxe edition that features some of Eels live recordings and previously unreleased tracks. The band is also prepping for a world tour to accompany the record release.

Holy Fire

Quintessential math rockers from Oxford, England, Foals will launch its third studio album, “Holy Fire” on February 11 under the UK label, Transgressive Records. The first single, “Inhaler” was first heard on BBC Radio 1 simultaneous with the premier of its music video on the band’s website. Foals just ended their UK tour last December which served as a preview to the new album.

Another single from the album pre-released before the year ended was “My Number” which the band played live on “Later… with Jools Holland”. Lead vocalist Yannis Philippakis described the track as somewhat “funky” and having that “Curtis Mayfield groove”. It goes without saying that the rhythmically attuned band could be leaning toward more dance-punk inspirations in their 2013 new music releases.

British rock legend David Bowie celebrated his 66th birthday last January 8 with an official announcement that his new album will be released on March 12 under his own laThe Next Daybel, Iso Records. This is Bowie’s 27th album.

Simultaneous with the big announcement was the premier of the lead single “Where are We Now?” on his website, which is now available for download on iTunes. Still, a lot of fans worldwide anticipate the launching of “The Next Day” physical album, which is Bowie’s follow up to “Reality”, released a decade ago.

So if you are one of those who listen to music that your parents could also appreciate, then Bowie’s new album could be the definitive 2013 new music for you.