Now, on to more positive matters, already there are a load of exciting albums which are DEFINITELY being released in 2014, many of which in the first quarter (arguable the best of all four).
From exciting debut albums to much anticipated follow-ups, here are the albums which are being released early next year that you should definitely know about...
September Girls - Cursing the sea
Release Date - 6th January
The first exciting release of 2014 comes courtesy of Dublin five-piece September Girls who after a set of low-key 7" and cassette releases are releasing their debut album of Fortuna Pop! in January. Expect sketchy sonics, rich melodies, big riffs and plenty of hooks.
Warpaint - Warpaint
Release Date - 20th January
I've already hyped this album to death...but a little more won't hurt, right? Although I don't strictly have a favourite band, Warpaint are definitely up there. Their genius is in their simplicity, instead of audacious production and massive hooks which tire after a while, each and every Warpaint song has new layers that you discover with every listen. So far, every new cut they've put out has been immaculate, much like their debut, and I have every faith that this album will in fact be better.
Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
Release Date - 3rd February
Their last album A Different Kind Of Fix was a mixed bag for me, although it did contain one of my all time favourite songs in the form of lead single Shuffle. There new album is promised to me a far more eclectic affair, with influence from as far away as India and Turkey. The artwork is excellent and two cuts they've put out so far have also been stellar, so far so good.
Katy B - Little Red
Release Date - 10th February
Let's face it, Katy B is incredible. She may not be the biggest popstar but everything she has put out has been solid. When your debut album is as good as Katy's On A Mission, there is always a concern that the follow-up will be a major disappointment. Not for Katy B though, every song from her Little Red campaign has been...well... A BANGER; Aaliyah (BANGER), What Love Is Made Of (BANGER, yet not on the album, grrr), 5 AM (COLOSSAL BANGER), I Like You (BANGER), Crying For No Reason (EMOTIVE BANGER). Point made.
Planningtorock - All Love's Legal
Release Date - 10th February
Now, whilst I wouldn't say that intense anti-homophobic/ feminist electronica is exactly my cup of tea, there is something I really like about Planningtorock. The genderless voice manipulation is sometimes a bit tricky to get your head around but the production of these tracks are excellent, the 90's dance inspired Human Drama in particular is pretty damn great. If you love something different, daring and experimental, this will be right up your street.
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Release Date - 14th February
Angel Olsen's stunning debut Halfway Home was one of 2012's most underrated albums and I was worried that Angel's amazing voice would go unnoticed. But luckily, 2014 is set to be her year, she has veered away from delicate folk and has taken up a much heavier sound, which I approve of greatly. Burn Your Fire... has already received double the amount of coverage that her debut ever received and it won't even be released for another two months. Not only this, the video for the excellent lead single has been given the vevo banner and even Sainsbury's are stocking it for Christ's sake! Remember her name ladies and gents.
St Vincent - St Vincent
Release Date - 24th February
Annie Clark's third studio album as St Vincent Strange Mercy was only released in 2011 and is already a classic in my opinion. Now, she's back with self-titled forth record which is already set to be huge (have you SEEN the artwork?). Not only has she had a funky image re-vamp but she has also signed with a major label imprint for this release. And if the immense lead single is anything to go by, this will be a wacky, divisive masterpiece.