While the likes of Katy Perry’s Prism, Miley Cyrus‘ Bangerz and Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, Vol. 2 will soon be vying for the number one spot on the Billboard 200, many of this fall’s most exciting releases will arrive courtesy of several less established artists. Here’s a look at five of the most hotly-anticipated debut albums scheduled to hit shelves over the next couple of months.
London Grammar – If You Wait
Initially hailed as a younger version of The xx, London Grammar have since gone onto develop an equally stunning and heartbreakingly melancholic sound of their own. Taking in everything from 90s trip-hop to lush string-soaked noir-pop, expect If You Wait to become the new dinner party soundtrack of choice.
Avicii – True
Having appeared on Forbes’ annual DJ Rich List before he’d even released an album, Swedish house maestro Avicii will no doubt add to his $20m fortune with True. A far more intriguing prospect than most of his superstar DJ peers, the 23-year-old has roped in everyone from Chic legend Nile Rodgers to American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert for his long-awaited debut.
Icona Pop – This Is… Icona Pop
With the turbo-charged EDM of “I Love It” having only just left the US Hot 100 following a 27-week stint, the hedonistic Swedish duo will finally get the chance to shake off their potential one-hit wonder tag when they drop their international debut almost a full year after their inital Scandinavian splash.
CHVRCHES – The Bones Of What You Believe
Combining a widescreen ’80s-tinged synth-pop production with the thick Scottish tones of Lauren Mayberry, a Rachel Leigh Cook lookalike who makes Mrs Doubtfire sound like a member of the Royal Family, CHVRCHES are undoubtedly one of the most distinctive electro acts to emerge this year.
Haim – Days Are Gone
Winners of the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, Haim have already justified some of the hype by producing one of the singles of 2013 in “Falling.” Hopes are high, therefore, for the sisterly trio to take their Fleetwood Mac-esque soft rock sound to new heights on their first full-length studio effort.