20 Best Debuts of 2013

From the precocious Lorde to the impish Fidlar, these are the rookies of the year

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Chvrches, 'The Bones of What You Believe'

Chvrches
Courtesy Glassnote Records

On their debut, this Glasgow trio made indie-weaned synth-rock that hit with as much big-box thwump as Rihanna or "Roar." Singer Lauren Mayberry throws herself into stalker-pop come-ons, and nearly every song is bright and cutting and almost scarily impassioned.

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