10 Best Debut Albums Of 2013

2013 has been an incredible year for new music. In fact it's hard to believe some of the albums listed in these next few pages have only debuted this year, one has been truly spoilt for choice. Debut albums can either make or break a band. The earlier singles act as a taster for the main event and the anticipation of releasing a new record can sometimes overwhelm a musician to the point of destruction. And unfortunately in today's fast-paced world where an unknown spotty teenager can win a televised karaoke contest in December and a week later have a Christmas number 1, it means if a debut doesn't deliver that's kind of it. It shouldn't be, but it is. People lose interest and we all move on. The albums listed are from a plethora of influences that have made a meteoric impact on their respective genres. Let's have a look at the top ten...

10. Palma Violets - 180

Image15 Like many underground bands, London-based Palma Violets earned a cult following long before they reached the surface of Indie cognisance. The garage indie-meets-psychedelic rock currently play to small club crowds who're free to go mental at the most primitive, aggressive and infectious commotion we've heard in ages. From all incongruous corners there hasn't been this feeling of hyped anticipation for an indie group since early Arctic Monkeys or Libertines, both of which we can see have influenced the band along with The Clash. Lead singer Fryer has a voice similar to Jim Morrison and his partnership with bassist Jesson has been likened to that of Pete and Carl. We Found Love incorporates tight guitar riffs and fuzzy vocals often marred by guitar effects so only the sharpest of ears can pick up what's being sung, but turn out to be the earnest of lyrics such as "I'm gonna find myself a lady friend and stick by her until the end..." ..Step Up For The Cool Cats is another track that was hand-picked by Radio 1's Zane Lowe as the world's hottest record along with the NME voting it Track of the Year 2012, but such accolades haven't made a bit of difference as the band, whose ages range from 19 to 21, are still as rebellious, punky and bolshy as they were in the beginning. We're left with ears prematurely frothing with excitement at this early stage.

Rosie is a Music Journalist from Newcastle upon Tyne, with a huge passion for live music. When she's not attending gigs she loves to star gaze, drink pints of tea and play the viola.