Last Sunday, My Bloody Valentine released their first album since November 4, 1991, two days before the KGB officially became defunct. The release of "mbv" brought them back to immediate relevance, to the delight of their fans. MBV isn't the only band returning to prominence this year, though—here are five other artists coming out of hibernation in 2013.
Justin Timberlake—"The 20/20 Experience"
Remember when JT was a musician? It seems as though since the release of "FutureSex / LoveSounds" in 2006, nobody has really been sure what to call the renaissance man—Musician? Actor? Sean Parker? The recent single "Suit & Tie" was a popular success, which bodes well for the album. But the only thing that Timberlake seems to provide with regular certainty is his unfortunate inability to name his tours. "Justified & Stripped Tour" and "FutureSex/LoveShow" have been the only members of the "Terribly Titled Timberlake Tours" list for far too long. We're ready for "The 20/20 Sexperience."
David Bowie—"The Next Day"
The one thing we remember David Bowie doing since his 2001 cameo in "Zoolander" is voicing Lord Royal Highness in the Spongebob Squarepants made-for-TV movie "Atlantis SquarePantis." This year, though, Bowie is out to prove that he can emerge from a long-kept silence to reassume his iconic role as a controversial, androgynous rock star.
The Avalanches released "Since I Left You" in 2000 to critical acclaim and have been silent since. The 18-track debut release of weirdly foreign electronic pop left critics and fans desperate for more. Their second album was informally announced in 2005, but it's taken eight years for it to come to fruition. 13 years of silence can change a lot of things—The Avalanches announced via their website that their second album is "so fuckin' party you will die."
The Knife—"Shaking the Habitual"
The Knife haven't exactly been quiet since "Silent Shout" in 2006. Singer Karin Dreijer Andersson released an eponymous solo album under the name "Fever Ray" in 2009, and she and Olof Dreijer wrote an opera based on Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" in 2010. Nonetheless, it's exciting to see The Knife come back together to announce the release of their long-awaited follow-up album. A standout duo birthed from the rich Swedish electronica scene, Karin and Olof often refuse to attend even their own award ceremonies—and when they do appear in public, they frequently wear carnival masks and creepy makeup.
Deltron 3030—"Event II"
Deltron 3030 is a supergroup made up of producer Dan the Automator, rapper Del the Funky Homosapien, and DJ Kid Koala. Their eponymous debut, an alternative hip-hopera that detailed Deltron Zero's fight against corporations in the year 3030, was released in 2000 to critical praise. Originally planned for 2007, the release of "Event II" has been pushed back countless times—but it seems as though Deltron 3030 is finally ready to release the second installment of their saga. Del has warned fans not to expect an eventual trilogy, so this may be the last we hear of Deltron Zero.