LxListening: Listening Back, For the Future

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Now that 2012 is in full force, it’s time to put a rest to all our 2011 themes and focus on the future. A lot of bands are lining up for their sophomore efforts this year, some new acts are already getting high praises before their debut has even launched, and some old favorites will hopefully be reappearing for the first time in years to show us what they still got. In any case, and in lieu of being sick and tired of 2011 music for the moment, I revisited the last efforts of some bands recently, that I am looking forward to hearing more of in the upcoming new year. So here is my what I’ve been listening to as of late, in an attempt to arouse my appetite for these music acts once again. Hopefully it does the same for you.

THE NEWB:
Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”


For a newb, Lana has been lingering around for quite some time now. She only has an EP and a few extra tracks floating around on YouTube, but the hype surrounding her upcoming debut album is nothing less than massive. Her voice is incredible and her lyrics, although somewhat goofy and young at times, are still sincere and somewhat clever. I am definitely looking forward to hearing what sounds she pulls together for her first full length, and I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about her from us, very shortly.
THE SOPHOMORES:
Sleigh Bells – “Tell ‘Em”

One of my more anticipated albums of the first few months of 2012. Sleigh Bells hit the ground running, and have yet to stop since the launch of Treats. It’ll be interesting to see where they go from here and if they have the stamina to keep this marathon going. My guess is yes, they do.
THE ALMOST-IMPOSSIBLE-TO-FOLLOW-UP:
Dirty Projectors – “Stillness Is The Move”

In my opinion, it was the greatest album of 2009, and in many ways, I don’t think a better album has yet to be released since Bitte Orca. Following this album up would be an almost impossible feat, and a part of me thinks that they probably won’t even try. I could see Dave Longstreth deciding to tangent off on some crazy concept instead, and making something borderline unlistenable. Here’s to hoping he sticks with what worked last time, and make a follow-up album that is as enjoyable as Bitte.
THE REUNION:
Sigur Ros – “Gobbledigook”

It’s been over 3 years since Sigur Ros has graced us with a studio album, and after announcing what turned out to be a short-lived hiatus, it brings me great pleasure to know that they will be gracing us with another album in 2012. Sigur Ros may be one of the most talented bands around these days, and if they sang in English I feel they may be a bit more accessible/popular. Something tells me however, that English would just muddle up the beauty that pours out of every song they perform, so I’m happy listening to their tunes of Icelandic wonderment just the way they are. This is an album I will be eagerly awaiting all year.
THE PROFESSIONALS:
Outkast – “Idlewild Blue” (Don’t Chu Worry ‘Bout Me)

If it doesn’t happen this year, let’s face it, it probably won’t happen at all. Andre has been talking about it for almost 2 years at this point. Big Boi lived up to his end of the bargain and released Chico Dusty in 2010. Meanwhile, Andre has just been floating around doing guest spots for randos. Nevertheless, the duo is officially scheduled to release their follow-up to their 2006 soundtrack/album Idlewild AGAIN this year. Let’s see if it happens. I pray it does.
As I said, my hopes is that this gets you hungry for more music from these artists, as it for did me. If you need a bit more to nibble on from bands that will be releasing music in 2012, you can find more of last efforts from upcoming 2012 acts on my “Listening Back, For the Future Playlist” here.

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Author: Todd

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