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Underrated Albums Of 2014

Just on my weekly scout for new music, and I see a lot of the same things on people's lists (even my own). So here are some handpicked treats that I feel haven't gotten a lot of attention by the collection (not just here).

Punk - While most people are raving over new punk bands fronted by females like Perfect Pussy, Priests, and White Lung - I've found Warehouse to do all that they do, much better. With a twist of psychadelia in there to boot, this is one of the most overlooked I've seen. It doesn't help that it was only released digitally by surprised, for free. But if you like those bands (note, they do not sound the same) I'd strongly recommend.
2Liam Betson
The Cover of Hunter

Indie Rock - If you enjoyed Mikal Cronin's first two albums at all, this would be right up your alley. Liam used to do backing vocals and guitars for Titus Andronicus, but now he's forging his own path and sounds pretty damn great.
Refractory Obdurate

Psych-Folk/Indie Rock - The main Young God Records release this year is definitely Swans, but Wovenhand's newest effort is his best yet.

Shoegaze - A lot of folks are creaming about Nothing and Lantlos, and absolutely with good reason. I think Creepoid offer a more restrained shoegaze element, and lean more towards an alt-gaze that's just as good as the rest.
5Mimicking Birds

Indie Folk - There's a dozen or so albums that probably sound like this out there right now, which made it easy for this one to be overlooked. I saw them open for Modest Mouse and adored their set (they were actually better than MM, technical issues marred MM's set). Eons is a folk pop record that has a lot more feeling than you'd realize based on the cover. Wonderful album.
6Bleeding Rainbow

Garage Rock - BR have made three or so albums (under Reading Rainbow too) and they all have the same sound. That's not a discredit, it's a compliment. Their reliable sound is always a welcome addition to any playlist.
7Emma Ruth Rundle
Some Heavy Ocean

Shoegaze Folk - I was surprised to see this listed under Shoegaze, but alas, I can hear bits of it in there. Very talented young lady here. Enjoyable record through and through.
8What Moon Things
What Moon Things

Psych Rock - Genre mislabeling aside, I couldn't quite determine the best way to put this band. They have a bit of goth to them, but they don't sound like a gothic rock hybrid. Lyrically I'd say they lean more towards the cryptic, but musically they sound like a band just having a great time.

Garage Pop - If you can get past the weak band name, there's a lot of fun brittle pop rock here with a hint of garage.
10Alex G

Indie Rock - I was thrown by the album cover at first, but I came around to this one. It's just a fun record all around.
11Planning for Burial

Shoegaze/Industrial - I saw this guy in Manhattan, KS a few months ago, play to a handful of people and he didn't even notice. So entranced with his music, very passionate about it.

Shoegaze - I'm a huge shoegaze fan. And I must say that of the shoegaze albums to come out this year (and there are a lot), this is my favorite, right next to Lantlos. Different type of shoegaze obviously, but it's pretty damn amazing.
13The Antlers

Indie Rock/Post Rock? - I don't know what all the fuss was about on this album. I heard a lot of criticism, but most of it seemed unwarranted. This album is far from bland or homogenous. It's near perfection from a band already producing high quality work. It may not top Hospice, but it's better than Burst Apart (imo). Lovely album.
14The Wytches
Annabel Dream Reader

Garage Rock - It has a great score here, but around the net, I see scathing reviews and overall dislike of the album. This needs to change. It's been awhile since there was a blasting garage rock album that functioned like an old school White Stripes recording from the 90s. Excellent debut.
15Flesh Wounds
Flesh Wounds

Garage Punk - I'm tagging their single (sorry, didn't feel like adding the album), but their newest album, also self titled, is most excellent. Worth searching out.
16Sink Tapes
Touchdown Buffalo

Shoegaze/Surf Rock/Lo Fi - The label only slightly resembles the album. It's a brief listen, but what they pack into that small amount of time is wonderfully lush.
17Hamilton Leithauser
Black Hours

Indie Rock - I miss the Walkmen, but this is a great substitute. It doesn't have the same punch as a Walkmen record, but it's exactly what it needs to be - solid fun.
18Thee Oh Sees

Garage Rock - Ever reliable, Dwyer shows up right on time for another TOS' album and it doesn't disappoint. I still prefer Putrifiers over all of their albums, but this is more of an old school record for them.
19Ty Segall

Garage Rock - I was disappointed by this at first, but it slowly has crept into my weekly rotation. He hasn't missed a step.
Life Among the Savages

Dream Pop - I feel the songwriting went up a notch with this release. It appears to be their more criticized album, but the things people are hating about it, I love.
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