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My Top 2014 Albums

Here is a list of my favorite albums of the year
30Every Time I Die
From Parts Unknown


This album totally took me by surprise, Every Time I Die continue to progress into a truly amazing band that's carving their way into the textbooks.
29Ariel Pink
Pom Pom


"Hey, I like your Ariel-a's...baby"
28S
Cool Choices


First time listening to S, and now I'm wondering why I've never heard her music before. Each song offers something different to the table, while showcasing great song-writing skills.
27Plunge
Plunge


Great sludge-doom from Texas that follows suite of acts like Electric Wizard, but are in fact a very cool and awesome DIY band.
26Damien Rice
My Favourite Faded Fantasy


Truly a depressing yet beautifully arranged album by Damien Rice who recently ended a long hiatus.
25Botanist
VI: Flora


This is my first introduction to Botanist, but I loved it immediately. The fact that he crafted a black metal album with a hammered dulcimer instead of guitar is mind boggling to me. It sounds so precious and uplifting as well as crushing.
24 Todd Terje
It's Album Time


It's Album Time is an adventurous, playful, and extremely danceable album. Dance music has recently become a favorite of mine, and Todd Terje's latest album is easily the best dance record of the year.
23Warren of Ohms
The Wolf and the Fox


Mathy hardcore goodness that I recently just discovered and had to make room for on this list. It's a fantastic album and a very rare and special album in the hardcore genre.
22Casualties of Cool
Casualties of Cool


Devin Townsend's project Casualties of Cool was definitely a slow burner for me, until I took a midnight drive on a full moon with this blaring out the window. I felt connected with the night, and this album definitely clicked with me at that point.
21The Body
I Shall Die Here


Holy shit, this album is terrifying. From the hella creepy tape recorded voices to the repeated shrieks that get forever drilled into your head. I Shall Die Here reaches a whole new level of wtf in black metal.
20Weary Eyes
WWGBBYW


This record is a fantastic instrumental/post-rock effort from the Russian band Weary Eyes. The guitars shred and the sonic soundscapes on this thing are gorgeous.
19Sun Kil Moon
Benji


So...most depressing album ever award goes to...Benji. But for real, Sun Kil Moon's latest album is one that will cut into your heart until it bleeds out (sorry it's 3:30 AM and I don't know what I'm saying). It's an incredible album with a new brand of folk that's new to my ear but incredibly effective.
18Owen Pallett
In Conflict


Owen Pallett's music is a music-theory-nerd's dream, and In Conflict is a perfect showcase of Pallett's great skill of song-writing.
17La Dispute
Rooms of the House


La Dispute craft yet another amazing story-driven record, but with songs like "Woman (in Mirror)" and "Objects in Space" that point the band in a totally new direction that is very exciting.
16Flesh Born
Han


Amazing melodic grindcore from Denton, TX that's a very short listen, but hugely impacting.
15Ought
More Than Any Other Day


Ought nail the sound that I love from 90's indie classics like Built To Spill and Pixies while putting their own Talking Heads-y spin to it.
14Nouns
Still


My "bandcamp" album of the year. Nouns makes one of the most disturbingly self-destructive albums I've heard in a long time, while still showing great song-writing.
13The Great Old Ones
Tekeli-li


There's something about that French spoken word used throughout Tekeli-li that just haunts me every time I listen to it. The record is almost a straight hour of non-stop brutality and amazing production.
12Spoon
They Want My Soul


One thing about Spoon that differentiates them from all other bands I listen to, is that no other band hits the pocket of the groove quite as hard as they do. They Want My Soul is from start to finish chalk full of hits, and very memorable ones at that.
11Aphex Twin
Syro


I was ecstatic when I heard the news Aphex Twin would be releasing a new album this year. I was also a little skeptical though. You never know how such an innovative electronic artist from the 90-00's will translate 15-20 years later. But Syro blew those worries out of the window. It's a labyrinth of synth-sounds and drum patterns that navigate you from the dance floor to outer space. And it's solid as hell.
10Sharon Van Etten
Are We There


Are We There is a soul-crushing album. It makes me smile, it makes me cry, and it makes me dance all at once. Songs like "Your Love is Killing Me" and "Our Love" are some of the best of the year. It's only been half a year, but it already feels like a classic.
9Gridlink
Longhena


Grindcore isn't necessarily a genre of music I'm very familiar with. The closest I get to it is Converge, and Dillenger Escape Plan (if you even consider those grindcore bands). However, upon discovering Longhena, I was extremely surprised and impressed with this album. It pulls off such poise and elegance while also beating you to a pulp.
8Alex G
DSU


Alex G quickly became one of my favorite song writers this year. I had the pleasure of having him and his band crash at my house and hang out after a show and he truly is such a down to earth while simultaneously having his head in the clouds kind of guy. I've cried multiple times to many different songs on DSU, and it's really something that resonates with me.
7Gazelle Twin
Unflesh


I love 80's horror movie soundtracks. That driving analog synth really elicits fear within me, and I felt that same way when I stumbled upon Gazelle Twin's new album Unflesh. In a year where paranoia is running rampant (Ebola scares, Ferguson protests, etc), Unflesh seems all too familiar and really compliments the current environment.
6Iceage
Plowing Into the Field of Love


I'm not the only one to say this, but Iceage come waay out of left field with their latest album, but in the best possible way. The first single, "The Lord's Favorite", almost gave me whiplash with their switch from chaotic guitar-drenched post-punk to Buddy-Holly-Esque rockabilly. Every song on here is gorgeously arranged, with instrumentation including trumpets, violins, piano, and more. My favorite track however has to be "Against The Moon" which finds Iceage writing the best ballad of 2014. The lyrics are immensely poetic and dramatic, and extremely impressive considering English is frontman Elias' second language.
5Hundred Waters
The Moon Rang Like a Bell


Every year, I tend to have one, maybe two albums that I consistently fall asleep to every night. An album that I can escape into dreamland with. The Moon Rang Like a Bell was that album for me in 2014. The album starts with "Show Me Love", a beautiful acapella piece that acts as the best album opener of the year. It's a record that I get lost in every time I play, and that's what keeps me coming back to it.
4FKA Twigs
LP1


When I first watched the music video for "Two Weeks", I was in complete awe. I then continued to watch the video another 10 times. And then I started counting down the days until FKA Twigs' debut album LP1 would leak. When it did, I couldn't stop listening to it. LP1 is a beautifully eerie and heartbreaking album that details the struggles in relationships. It's also one of the most forward-thinking albums to come out this year.
3Swans
To Be Kind


Never before has such a challenging, eye-brow raising, and terrifying album evoked so much inspiration in me. I've spent countless hours trying to depict this album and try and put the puzzle pieces together to come up with a resonant theme, but alas I still get lost in the screaming and...what IS that thing in the middle of Bring The Sun? A horse being processed through a meat grinder? I will never know, and that's the beauty of To Be Kind. It will always have me guessing.
2Prawn
Kingfisher


It's been a while since I've obsessed over a modern emo album. The last I can remember is either Snowing's I could do whatever i wanted when i wanted, or Glocca Morra's Just Married. The genre itself is imploding and filling up quickly with filler bands. However, Prawn's Kingfisher hit me harder than most albums this year did. The whole thing is solid as hell and the production is flawless. They're the sole reason I still have slight interest in Topshelf. Kingfisher is such an attractive album to me because it showcases something so many other emo bands fail to expose, and that's maturity.
1St. Vincent
St. Vincent


On St. Vincent's self-titled album, she is more focused and hard-hitting than ever. Her song writing has reached its peak, and she is sonically standing apart from anything out there. She was the musical guest on the season finale of SNL this year, and arguably had the greatest world tour this year, including overshadowing Pitchfork Music Festival's hyped-headliner Neutral Milk Hotel. Needless to say, it was the year of St. Vincent, and I couldn't think of a better album to represent it than her electrifying self-titled.
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