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Q2 2014

Favorites from the past few months.
1Thantifaxath
Sacred White Noise


Extremely solid black metal album with some interesting guitar leads. See 'The
Bright White Nothing At the End of the Tunnel.'
2Ben Frost
A U R O R A


Strikingly reminiscent of how I felt watching Blade Runner for the 1st time.
3Casualties of Cool
Casualties of Cool


Devin Townsend does ambient bluegrass/country. Most Sputters probably know
plenty about this by now so no need for further explanation.
4Todd Terje
It's Album Time


Pure fun.
5How to Dress Well
What Is This Heart?


Always been a fan of this dude and man does he know how to make pop music
interesting.
6Chevelle
La Gargola


Best thing they've done in a LONG TIME. This album is probably a tad over-hyped
but still worth plenty of the praise its received.
7Clipping
CLPPNG


Experimental hip-hop made accessible and fun. Check out my review and definitely
give this a listen.
8Mastodon
Once More 'Round the Sun


Let's face it, Mastodon will never be who they were on Leviathan again. That said,
the songwriting has been refined considerably since The Hunter dropped a couple
years ago and the choruses here give this plenty of replay value. Mastodon
continues to deliver consistently great mainstream metal. Also, riffs.
9Every Time I Die
From Parts Unknown


Another exceptionally tight release from ETID. Keith's vocal performance is a major
highlight and the production from Converge's Kurt Ballou puts this in a league of it's
own. This might climb into my top ten of '14 before the year is over.
10Baths
Ocean Death


This EP contains some of what I think are Baths best material so far. Very
impressed and hoping for a new LP very soon.
11Badbadnotgood
III


Standard fare BBNG still makes for a solid jazz experience.
12Save Us From the Archon
Thereafter


Had never heard anything prior to this but gotta say this is pretty awesome.
13Mimicking Birds
EONS


Some beautifully arranged folk tunes.
14The Antlers
Familiars


Familiars isin't nearly the flop that some people think it is but it is a definitely a step
down from their previous work.
15Lantlos
Melting Sun


Trumps the hell out of Shelter.
16Hiss Tracts
Shortwave Nights


Pretty interesting Godspeed! esque post rock.
17Agalloch
The Serpent and the Sphere


Curious to see if this is as bad as people say it is.
18Panopticon
Roads to the North


I'm of the somewhat minority opinion that Kentucky was pretty good and being from
the state I could definitely vibe with the influences pouring into that record.
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