Top 20 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2014

Top 20 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2014
10. Tokyo Police Club
Title TBA
(Dine Alone Records)
Release Date: TBA

Canadian indie rock champions Tokyo Police Club recently wowed us with a lyric video for "Argentina (Parts I, II, and III)," the first taste of their upcoming third full-length album. If the nearly nine-minute long clip is any indication, it should be pretty epic. (Matthew Ritchie)

9. White Lung
Title TBA
(Label TBA)
Release Date: TBA

This one's a bit hush hush, so we can't tell you much yet, but the Vancouver punks are sitting on big news about the release of their third LP in 2014. And you thought kickass single "Blow It South"/"Down With You" was just a one-off. (Stephen Carlick)

8. Rich Kidd
Title TBA
(Black Box)
Release Date: TBA

Rich Kidd had been prolific in 2013, releasing a handful of mixtapes, but his official full-length never materialized. Kidd hasn't officially announced anything, but we do know that Jay Z's engineer, Young Guru, will be recording and mixing the project, which should — according to his manager — be out sometime this summer. (Stephen Carlick)

7. Dan Mangan
Title TBA
(Arts & Crafts)
Release Date: TBA

Last we heard from Dan Mangan, he was working on the score to the Simon Pegg film Hector and the Search for Happiness alongside violinist Jesse Zubot. Apparently the instrumental project helped inspire a "Radiohead-y Peter Gabriel vibe" in the singer-songwriter's newest batch of tunes. "I'm working on a new record and I'm demoing all of these new songs that are very much different from anything I've ever done before," he told Exclaim! back in October. (Matthew Ritchie)

6. Badbadnotgood
BBNG3
(Independent)
Release Date: TBA

Not much is known about Toronto three-piece Badbadnotgood's follow-up to the excellent BBNG2, but if dramatic first single "Hedron" and their incredible recent performances are anything to go on, expect original songs amongst the cover tunes on their forthcoming third album. (Stephen Carlick)

5. Timber Timbre
Hot Dreams
(Arts & Crafts)
Release Date: April 1

The band have been quiet lately, but folk-noir progenitors Timber Timbre will end the silence with an album that includes Tasseomancy's Romy Lightman on backing vocals, Fiver/the Highest Order's Simone Schmidt writing words and Colin Stetson playing what a press release calls "atypically velvet saxophone." (Stephen Carlick)

4. Owen Pallett
In Conflict
(Domino)
Release Date: TBA

True to his typically cerebral style, Owen Pallett has revealed his new album is inspired by spectralism, "which is basically about retuning instruments to follow natural harmonic order. I was so happy with this slightly more pop method of composition — of harmonic choices being a little less obtuse and a little more whimsical — and that it didn't just sound like Andrew Lloyd Webber," he told Toronto's The Grid. (Stephen Carlick)

3. Death From Above 1979
Title TBA
(Last Gang Records)
Release Date: TBA

It's been nearly a decade since the release of Death From Above 1979's last — and only — full-length studio album. Work on a follow-up LP has been ongoing since the band's reunion in 2011. Although a release date hasn't been announced, band member Sebastien Grainger recently assured us "it'll be done when it's done. It could be in three weeks, it could be three months." (Matthew Ritchie)

2. Fucked Up
Title TBA
(Label TBA)
Release Date: TBA

Anthemic Canadian hardcore outfit Fucked Up headed to Chicago's Electrical Audio studio back in April to work on an as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2011's David Comes to Life. There's no solid release date yet, but rumour has it the album may be finding a home on another independent label. (Matthew Ritchie)

1. Grimes
Title TBA
(Arbutus)
Release Date: TBA

Despite being signed to Roc Nation's management, it appears Claire Boucher will still release her follow-up to Visions on Arbutus in Canada. She's taking a break from the Internet to work on her album in Vancouver, and while that's all we know so far, it's all we need to get excited for this one. (Stephen Carlick)