10 Albums You Need to Hear In January

A few days ago, we posted our selection of the albums we’re most looking forward to in 2012. As it happens, most of these are due for release a little later in the year — but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s nothing worth hearing due out in January. We’ve pored over the release schedules for our regular monthly round-up of the 10 records that we we reckon everyone needs to hear over the next month, and the results await you after the jump — including a couple that we missed last week, and would definitely have included in our most anticipated records of 2012 if we’d know about them. (Note: this does not include She Who Shall Not Be Named, so don’t ask.)

Symmetry — Themes for an Imaginary Film (some time in January)

We waxed lyrical in our post on most anticipated 2012 albums about how much we were looking forward to the Chromatics record. We’re still waiting on a concrete release date, but in the meantime, it seems that it’s suddenly a prolific time of year in Italians Do It Better land, because we’ve just discovered this bumper double album of music by Chromatics/Glass Candy producer Johnny Jewel, which was announced with relatively little fanfare a couple of weeks back. Interestingly enough, Jewel was apparently commissioned at some point to create a soundtrack for Drive, a soundtrack that never saw the light of day — and although the press release that accompanied Themes for an Imaginary Film made it clear that this isn’t that soundtrack… well, it does sound awfully like what did get released with Drive, doesn’t it? If you want to make up your own mind, the album’s streaming in its entirety at Jewel’s Soundcloud page — it’s out on iTunes now, and an LP and CD release is coming sometime this month, although again, we’re not sure exactly when.