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Yazz_40 2014

In which I present my arbitrary opinion on things: 2014 edition.
40Major Parkinson
Twilight Cinema


Reminds me of a pop-oriented Sleepytime Gorilla Museum or a less metal Arcturus. Pretty creative and theatrical dark cabaret rock music.. Track picks: Black River, The Wheelbarrow, Heart Machine
39Leonardo Rosado
Adrift


Artsy and picturesque ambient music.
38Dirty Beaches
Stateless


Slightly unsettling, but relaxing drone/ambient.
37Submotion Orchestra
Alium


Alium feels a bit long to me, especially when compared to their wonderful debut album, but these guys have always delivered on the trip-hop/soul side of things for the past few years so there's still strong material to be found. Track picks: Victim of Order, Rust
36Damascus
When Last We Met


Solid instrumental post-rock/metal in the vein of Cloudkicker. Track pick: Wake
35Boris
Noise


I like Boris. Track picks: Melody, Angel
34Aphex Twin
Syro


Remember him? Track picks: Minipops 67, S950tx16wasr10 (Earth Portal Mix)
33Jakob
Sines


Maybe a slight disappointment, but still solid, moody post-rock. Track picks: Emergent, Resolve
32Cormorant
Earth Diver


It's no Dwellings, but these guys are still unique enough in the metal scene for this to be one of my too metal albums of the year. Track picks: Sold as a Crow, Waking Sleep
31Demians
Mercury


I've been following Nic Chapel's solo project since his first release in 2008, and it's been interesting seeing him progress from a sprawling, unhinged prog/rock fan into something more concise and radio-friendly. Mercury is certainly his easiest album to digest, but it's also his most consistent, and is quite well-varied in its brisk 45-minute length. Track picks: Water and a Sigh, Spellbound Lily, Nislands
30Downfall of Gaia
Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay


About on par with their last released, but with more of an emphasis on black metal. Track picks: Darkness Inflames These Sapphire Eyes
29Trophy Scars
Holy Vacants


Goddamn Trophy Scars finally released Holy Vacants this year and it's really good. Track picks: Qeres, Every City, Vacant, Burning Mirror
28Have a Nice Life
The Unnatural World


Maybe a bit of a disappointment following the monolithic Deathconsciousness, but still a fine piece of work in itself. Track picks: Guggenheim Wax, Burial Society, Emptiness Will Eat the Witch
27Innercity Ensemble
II


A largely improvisatory double album that really makes me think of .O.Rang or Tortoise but two decades in the future. Very immersive atmosphere. Track picks: White 2, Black 6
26Opeth
Pale Communion


I went back and forth several times with this album before ultimately deciding that I really enjoy it. I definitely miss the heavy Opeth, but classic prog-nerd Opeth is pretty good still. Track picks: Moon Above Sun Below, Elysian Woes
25Ought
More Than Any Other Day


While Ought mostly just make me want to listen to the Talking Heads, More Than Any Other Day is a remarkably solid post-punk/art rock record in 2014. Track pick: Gemini
24Secret Chiefs 3
Perichoresis


It's obviously not as varied as a full conglomerate SC3 release, what with Perichoresis only focusing on the "Ishraqiyun" iteration of the group. That said, the Arabic and middle-eastern musical stylings have always been one of the most compelling parts of the group's music, so this album ended up working very well for me. Track picks: Perichoresis, Saptarshi
23Weezer
Everything Will Be Alright in the End


I'm so happy that this is a good album. Probably my most played album of the year. Track picks: Eulogy For a Rock Band, Da Vinci, Cleopatra
22The Smith Street Band
Throw Me in the River


THROW ME IN THE FUCKING RIVEEEER Track Picks: Throw Me in the River, Calgary Girls, It's Alright I Understand
21Casualties of Cool
Casualties of Cool


It may be a bit long for its own good, but this is surprisingly my favorite thing Devin Townsend has done in a long time, probably since "Addicted" in 2009. Really unique spacey country/folk rock. Top tracks: The Code, Moon, Forgive Me
20Trioscapes
Digital Dream Sequence


I ended up enjoying this quite a bit more than their crazy jazz fusion debut a few years back. It's almost overly-technical at times, but at the moments where the instrumentalists let their compositions breathe, the music really shines. Track picks: From the Earth to the Moon, The Jungle
19Dog Fashion Disco
Sweet Nothings


A great comeback album of sorts after the phenomenal Adultery. Some really fun quirky metal tracks here. Track picks: Doctor's Orders, Pale Horse, Sweet Nothings
18Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels 2


I don't listen to as much hip hop as I probably should, but I've been very much into RTJ since their inception and the sequel to their debut certainly didn't disappoint. Track picks: Lie Cheat Steal, Angel Duster, Oh My Darling Don't Cry
17Gridlink
Longhena


This album makes me nostalgic for Discordance Axis. Very melodic grindcore. Track picks: Constant autumn, Chalk Maple
16BADBADNOTGOOD
III


Probably my favorite release of theirs yet. Instrumental hip-hop/jazz. Track picks: Triangle, Kaleidoscope, Sustain
15Motorpsycho
Behind the Sun


Goddamn this album jams so much. Quirky psychedelic/prog/stoner rock album. Track picks: Cloudwalker, Kvastor, Hell Parts 4-6
14Emma Ruth Rundle
Some Heavy Ocean


Female-led ambient/drone/dream pop from the guitarist of post-metal act, The Red Sparrowes. Track picks: Shadows of My Name, Run Forever, Living With the Black Dog
13Low Roar
0


Blissful and dreamy ambient/indie pop. Feels like floating peacefully off into sleep. Track picks: Easy Way Out, Nobody Loves Me Like You, Phantoms
12Rishloo
Living as Ghosts With Buildings as Teeth


They've certainly come a long way since there days of Tool-replication. LAGWBAT isn't quite as arty or experimental as Feathergun was, but it's more accessible with its focus on building each track towards an emotional climax. It's a bit redundant in that overall songwriting sense, but the performance of each individual member is strong enough that it doesn't really bother me. Possibly my favorite album of theirs. Track picks: Landmines, Dark Charade, Winslow, Dark Charade, Dark Charade (Ridiculously good track)
11IQ
The Road of Bones


Tasteful neo-prog with some interesting and memorable percussion/synthesized arrangements. Track picks: The Road of Bones, Without Walls
10Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything


Probably my favorite release of theirs since Born Into Trouble. Track picks: Fuck Off Get Free, Austerity Blues
9Merkabah (PL)
Moloch


Really dark avant-garde jazz/rock fusion from Poland. Track picks: Hilasteron, The Grapes are Filling and Growing Heavy
8Kayo Dot
Coffins on Io


After the massive prog/death opera of Hubardo in 2013, Coffins on Io is a weird little nugget, but certainly an immersive and interesting listen. Track picks: The Mortality of Doves, Offramp Cycle Pattern 22
7 Flying Lotus
You're Dead!


This might actually be my favorite FlyLo release, even if I wish there were more cuts like the brilliant "Never Catch Me". Track pick: Never Catch Me
6Dir En Grey
Arche


This is Dir En Grey at possibly their most pop-sensible. There are some absolutely massive hooks here, and while it never really reaches the zeniths of Uroboros, Arche is remarkably consistent and passes by relatively quickly given its 16-count track list. Track picks: Tousei, Rinkaku, Kaishun
5Damien Rice
My Favourite Faded Fantasy


Incredibly sentimental and moving folk rock/pop album that would hit me even harder if I were still as mopey relationship-wise as I was a few years ago. Still likely the most emotionally-moving record I've frequented this year. Track picks: My Favourite Faded Fantasy, It Takes a Lot to Know a Man, The Greatest Bastard, Colour Me In
4Swans
To Be Kind


As is typical of Michael Gira's Project, To Be Kind is ultimately a bit too long and repetitive in certain sections, otherwise I would have given it stronger consideration as my number 1 album of the year. Ignoring the massive length, several of the strongest songs Swans have churned out in their entire career are present, and this is really probably as accessible as they've ever been. Track picks: Screen Shot, A Little God in My Hands, Oxygen
3Kenn Nardi
Dancing With the Past


The man behind one of my all time favorite progressive thrash band in the late 80's/early 90's releases a double album which is ridiculously devoid of any filler despite being approximately two and a half hours long. Soundly my top metal album of 2014. Track picks: Armies of One, Dead Letters, Blinding Lies, Dancing With the Past, Untouchable
2Kairon IRSE!
Ujubasajuba


Shoegaze/math/post-rock with saxophone and dreamy vocals. Very overlooked here. Track picks: Tzar Morei, Rulons
1Musk Ox
Woodfall


Neofolk/Chamber Folk. A bit long to be really actively listened to for its hour+ duration, but there hasn't been any other album this year that has really immersed me in its sheer beauty quite like this one has. Woodfall is meditative and invigorating all at once, and in a year in which there was no clear number 1 choice, it fell in snugly. Track picks: Above the Clouds, Serenade the Constellations
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