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Daddy's 100 Songs Of 2014

The title is pretty self explanatory, here's my top 100 songs from this year. rThere?s some albums where rrrI just couldn?t separate individual songs from the ralbum as a whole, and it didn?t feel right to put them rrrin here. To Be Kind, Den rsorgligaste musiken I varlden, Promulgation of the Fall, Tekeli-Li and Full of rrrHell rand Merzbow would all make it into an albums list for me, but this is a songs list rand I just didn?t rrrfeel like I could place songs from those albums in here without rtheir context.
100Future Islands
Singles


Seasons (Waiting on you)
99Pharmakon
Bestial Burden


Intent or Instinct
98Neil Cicierega
Mouth Silence


Sexual Lion King
97Kenn Nardi
Dancing With The Past


Dancing With The Past
96Black Monolith
Passenger


Victims & Hangmen
95sleepmakeswaves
Love of Cartography


Traced in Constellations
94Gates
Bloom and Breathe


Low
93Panopticon
Roads to the North


Echoes of a Disharmonic Eversong
92Primordial
Where Greater Men Have Fallen


Come the Flood
91Mare Cognitum
Phobos Monolith


Entropic Hallucinations
90Mekong Delta
In A Mirror Darkly


Mutant Messiah
89Overkill
White Devil Armory


Pig
88Fen
Carrion Skies


Menhir Supplicant
87Cormorant
Earth Diver


Waking Sleep
86Interpol
El Pintor


All the Rage Back Home
85Morbus Chron
Sweven


Towards A Dark Sky
84Svffer
Lies We Live


Draperies
83Triptykon
Melana Chasmata


In The Sleep Of Death
82Banks
Goddess


Brain
81 Black Magic
Wizard's Spell


Night of Mayhem
80Taylor Swift
1989


Blank Space
79Trophy Scars
Holy Vacants


Qeres
78Alcest
Shelter


Opale
77Dir En Grey
Arche


Tousei
76Aphex Twin
Syro


Minipops 67 (Source Field Mix)
75Saor
Aura


Pillars of the Earth
74Spectral Lore
III


Cosmic Significance
73Haken
Restoration


Crystalised
72Towers
Bel Air Highrise Plantation


The Southern California Hajj
71Darkspace
Dark Space III I


Dark 4.20
70Musk Ox
Woodfall


Above the Clouds
69Hoth
Oathbreaker


The Unholy Conception
68Spectral Lore
III


The Spiral Fountain
67Kenn Nardi
Dancing With The Past


Unnecessary Evil
66Alcest
Shelter


Deliverance
65The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There


Among The Wildflowers
64Saor
Aura


Aura
63Morning Glory
War Psalms


Know Your Wrongs
62Kangding Ray
Solens Arc


History of Obscurity
61The War On Drugs
Lost in the Dream


Under the Pressure
60Jakob
Sines


Blind Them With Science
59The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There


Life in Drag
58Ne Obliviscaris
Citadel


Painters Of The Tempest (Part II)-Triptych Lux
57Sadistik
Ultraviolet


Orange
56Casualties of Cool
Casualties of Cool


Bridge
55Thantifaxath
Sacred White Noise


Panic Becomes Despair
54Animals As Leaders
The Joy Of Motion


Another Year
53Spectral Lore
III


The Veiled Garden
52Black Monolith
Passenger


Adhere
51The Banner
Greying


Unbaptized
50Kiasmos
Kiasmos


Held. Olafur Arnalds really did kill it on the tracks where he had more presence. Rather than
rely on the hit-and-miss grimier electronics found throughout the record, this track has a
quaint piano melody as its focal point and succeeds in its minimalism.
49Gates
Bloom and Breathe


Not My Blood. An immediate highlight in early listens through this album, has some of the
highest post-rock peaks of the year. Also sits next to Low as the most moving chorus on the
album.
48Thou
Heathen


Immortality Dictates. Female vocals in metal = success, I?m a big old sucker for this. The
first half is haunting, and the sudden dive into heavy gives the sludge a huge impact.
47Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
Pinata


Pinata. Simplistic formula, but some of the best verses of the album rolled into this song.
Some weaker ones hold it back from being higher.
46Sadistik
Ultraviolet


Chemical Burns (ft. Eyedea). Eyedea?s contribution from beyond the grave adds a whole lot of
weight to this one, especially considering how good his verse is. His stumbling, off-kilter
delivery blends perfectly with the tracks atmosphere and feels like it was written alongside
Cody Foster in ?Ultraviolet? practice, rather than sitting in a vault for years before seeing the
light of day.
45 Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties
We Don't Have Each Other


Divorce and the American South. The best thing about this album was how emotional Soupy
could make the small, everyday things. Really comes to a head in this track, the emotional
centrepiece of the album, and the best of both his roundabout storytelling and his immediately
emotional lyrics (Hey Dianne, I know I fucked up/It's just when we lost the baby, I kind of
shut off).
44Anberlin
Lowborn


Velvet Covered Brick. A concise summary of everything that makes Anberlin great. Their best
track outside of *fin for me.
43 D'Angelo
Black Messiah


Back to the Future (pt. 1). I just wanna go back to the way it was.
42Have A Nice Life
The Unnatural World


Defenestration Song. I know it?s a re-release, but god damn do these guys kill it.
41Manes
Be All End All


Turn The Streams. A fitting closer to this wacky beast of an album. I tried to review this time
and time again, but simply couldn?t find the words. It?s a hotpot of clashing elements that are
forced together, but the band is talented enough to make it work. Mixture of post-punk, noise-
rock, jazz with a sprinkle of electronica and trip-hop.
40Aspherium
The Fall Of Therenia


As We Light Up The Sky. Between the upbeat solo in the middle of this song and the salsa
break at the end, no metal song this year has made me smile quite like this one.
39Insomnium
Shadows of the Dying Sun


Black Heart Rebellion. Insomnium go black metal oh boy. Sure, it?s only for 30 seconds, but it
gets me excited for their future since they?re well and truly out of their stagnation period now.
38Swallowed
Lunarterial


Black Aura. This evil album just smashes your head in again and again, and Black Aura is
where they make the most effective use of the crushing atmosphere. A steady grimy build of
a single repeating discordant riff suddenly gives way to one of the most vicious metal
segments this year.
37The Smith Street Band
Throw Me in the River


?THROW ME IN THE FUCKING RIVEERRRR? AOTY.
36Gates
Bloom and Breathe


Born Dead. The upbeat, driving tracks are the most memorable tracks on this album,
particularly thanks to the drummers incredible work in carrying momentum through the songs?
twists and turns. Despite its simplicity, this track shows the band in perfect synergy, with
twirling guitar melodies weaving around the diverse drumming patterns and caving to the
phenomenal vocals at all the right times.
35Ling Tosite Sigure
Enigmatic Feeling


Enigmatic Feeling. A continuation of Ling?s trend towards powerful delay-driven rock. It won?t
make a fan of people who don?t already enjoy these guys, but it?s undoubtedly one of their
better fast tracks and stronger than the majority of last year?s LP. There?s stop-start riffs,
insanely varied instrumental work and great synergy between the vocalists.
34Perturbator
Dangerous Days


Perturbator's Theme. This track served as my introduction to not only Perturbator, but an
entire genre. I might be biased here, but Perturbator?s Theme just seems to hit its target
perfectly, and is representative of this entire 80?s retro synth movement it belongs to. It rests
right in the middle of a dark dystopian skyline and its energetic underbelly of smoky clubs and
perverse pleasures.
33Kashiwa Daisuke
9 Songs


Fluorescent Lamp. While Skyliner is the centrepiece of the album, Fluorescent Lamp is the
best marriage of new and old Daisuke. While I don?t dislike the direction 9 songs decided to
take as a whole, here we see a careful meshing of influences as the track weaves its way
between stripped back electronics and newfound bouncy j-pop leanings. Curious of where he?ll
go from here.
32Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
Pinata


Welcome to Shitsville, nigguh.
31Primordial
Where Greater Men Have Fallen


Where Greater Men Have Fallen. Though the album doesn?t live up to their older works, this
may be the best opener in their stellar discography. Charges out the gates with meaty riffs
and never lets up.
30 D'Angelo
Black Messiah


Really Love. As someone who hadn?t heard D?Angelo prior to this release, Black Messiah hit
me like a truck. The classical guitar and string section that lead into this track let you know
it?s going to be a highlight, and while it?s simplistic compared to the other diverse tracks on
Black Messiah, the loose groove he works into this one is absolutely addictive.
29sleepmakeswaves
Love Of Cartography


Emergent. A disappointing release from one of my favourite live bands, but the song Emergent
is perfectly representative of the sound sleepmakeswaves were striving for in their latest.
Somewhat unremarkable in terms of structure in progression, but they nail post-rock in its
simplest form. Great build through the first half and the midsection is some of the best work
they?ve done.
28The Smith Street Band
Throw Me in the River


Something I Could Hold In My Hands. Wasting no time, The Smith Street Band establishes the
direction and newfound lyrical inspiration for their newest album. They?ve had some pretty
shitty times, but the album is overwhelmingly optimistic as a whole. Things are good, and
even in the bad times, things will get better. ?For the first time in my life I'm smiling when I
wake? :]
27Rustie
Green Language


Attak (ft. Danny Brown). A phenomenal song in a cesspool of contrived bullshit, really strongly
disliked the album but I?ve been jamming this track since it was released. It features Danny
at his peak and its clear Rustie took his delivery into careful consideration with the beat.
26Integral
Sercosa


Haunting Voices. Minimal, ambient electronic that?s subtle in its progression and incredibly
dark in form. There?s a fairly consistent (albeit distant) beat with eerie static and haunting
cellos creeping in and out of view, adding monumentally to the atmosphere. Always find
myself jamming the Silent Hill 2 OST after this due to their atmospheric similarities, if that
encourages anyone to try it. Top-tier for electronic and ambient fans alike
25Mekong Delta
In A Mirror Darkly


The Armageddon Machine. The band have really integrated their influences into their core
sound at this point, and even if I don?t find the overall quality on par with their past works, it
has some of their best individual songs. This particular track features one of the best vocal
performances to be found on a Mekong track and a fistful of killer riffs that would fit right in
on their mid-90?s albums.
24Dir En Grey
Arche


Phenomenon. Despite its relatively short length, Phenomenon plays out much like a DEG slow
burner. Varied vocal work is swapped out in favour of a more consistent atmosphere, and the
band experiment with more electronic elements in the track?s framework, leading to some of
the most wholly unique and refreshing music Dir En Grey have put to record since the opening
of Uroboros.
23The Banner
Greying


The Dying Of The Light. Huge props to thelastsignal for bringing this one to my attention.
Absolute monstrosity of an opener, grimy sludgy hardcore at its finest.
22Damascus
When Last We Met


Breathless. A calmer, more tentative step after the vicious opener. Slow-burning post-rock
with a refreshing amount of variety while maintaining its cohesion. The album can get messy
in the heavier sections, but it really works with their sound and this track is where they make
it work best. Hard rec for fans of Cloudkicker?s Beacons.
21Kangding Ray
Solens Arc


Amber Decay. Writhing static and rumbling percussion carry this track through its motions,
with only slight shifts in texture through the whirring synths adding layers and buzzing in
different directions. Similar in tone to Integral?s Sercosa, but far more reliant on its
aggressive backdrop.
20The Contortionist
Language


Languagt pt.1 - Intuition. The production here is phenomenal, every time I listen to this I can?t
help being impressed. The shimmering guitar lines and Cynic worship blend perfectly together,
and give this track a coherency rarely achieved elsewhere in the album. I honestly wish the
band would drop the heavy altogether.
19Tigers on Trains
Antarctica in Color


Staircase. This album took me a few listens to really get behind. Once you stop expecting
another Grandfather though, their latest becomes a wonderfully upbeat experiment that
succeeds in its exuberance. However these changes are never overt, and shouldn?t deter fans
of the bands past works. Staircase may be the most gleeful cut of the album, with some of the
most addictive hooks the band have forged (even without Christian?s vocal presence)
alongside a light smattering of cheerful keyboards and strings.
18Lord Mantis
Death Mask


Negative Birth. A sludgy masterpiece of an album, this particular track shows the band slightly
altering their formula with incredible results. Just as the riffs slow to an unbearable crawl and
you expect them to start pulling their punches, the tempo picks up and up until they reach a
black metal fury that beats you relentlessly for the 4 remaining minutes. Absolutely
murderous, punishing track on what is undoubtedly a highlight in 2014.
17Gridlink
Longhena


Constant Autumn. Holy riffs cap?n. This album seems to have been somewhat divisive
(absolutely crystalline production in grindcore, heresy!) but it?s far stronger than Gridlink?s
previous albums and stands as Chang?s best work since The Inalienable Dreamless. The new
direction is immediately apparent when Constant Autumn begins with its soaring guitar, but at
the 20 second mark it descends into the wall of grind fury that they?re known for. Perfect start
to a stunning album.
16Kiasmos
Kiasmos


Burnt. The perfect combination of Rasmussen and Arnalds? divergent influences. The track
opens with eerie ambience and hand claps, slowly working towards a proper framework of a
track that proceeds to break apart just as it fully forms, only to start from scratch all over
again. The second portion builds to an unbearably loud climax and envelops the speakers in
white noise, before suddenly dropping away and revealing the rollicking foray the drums have
turned into (one of my favourite singular musical moments this year).
15Casualties of Cool
Casualties of Cool


Flight. While I love the country vibes of CoC, this quiet folky monument stands out from the
rest exactly because it breaks the mold. A crystalline guitar sits atop everything else, with
Che carefully weaving her vocals around it as the track progresses, culminating in the most
beautiful vocal lines to be found on the album (?this is my request, wish me the best?).
Lyrically bleak and downtrodden, yet musically uplifting and endearing, this track has a
brilliant dichotomy that carries it to its high position on this list.
14Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels 2


All Due Respect (ft. Travis Barker). While I seem to be in the minority in preferring their
debut, this track really did it for me. Unbridled energy and aggression is the name of the
game, and it?s one of the tracks that really feel like the band have pushed their limits and
tried something a bit new, rather than a continuation of the first album. Last verse is insane.
Get hype for Meow The Jewels kids, AOTY 2015.
13The Smith Street Band
Throw Me in the River


Calgary Girls. Despite how great the aforementioned joy in this album is, the most downright
depressing track becomes one of the highlights, and gains far more traction than similar
tracks in the past because of how much it stands out from what?s around it. Lyrically simple,
but emotional in how barebones it is, Wagner tugs at the heartstrings. The contrast between
the uncertain emotional verses and the determined-to-love chorus is heartbreaking, and
makes the most raw, personable song of 2014 for me.
12Locktender
Rodin


The Burghers of Calais. It?s not really fair to include this, since it takes up 50% of the albums
runtime and covers an incredible amount of ground in that time, but it deserves this spot for
its experimentation and the bands passion for their craft. I?m a sucker for repeating motifs
throughout an extensive track, which this monster excels at. The vocal shift and tense build in
the final 5 minutes make for the most affecting 5 minutes of post-metal to grace this writer?s
ear in a long time.
11Kenn Nardi
Dancing With the Past


Armies of One. Nardi absolutely outdid himself with this behemoth of an album. Armies of One
sees something of a marriage between brooding post-punk and a light thrash influence in the
chorus and latter portion of the track. While in many ways the album serves as a continuation
of Anacrusis? Screams and Whispers, songs like this truly set it apart from Kenn?s past and
deservedly into the spotlight as a fully accomplished solo work. There?s something here for
everyone, and you?re depriving yourself if you haven?t listened to it.
10Have A Nice Life
The Unnatural World


Burial Society. The middle point between the albums powerful post-punk (Defenestration
Song, Unholy Life) and haunting, darker edge (Emptiness Will Eat The Witch). Barrett has a
curious way of making even the most juvenile lyrics sound morose rather than edgy for
edginess? sake. There?s something in his voice when he says ?Cut my wrists, slit my throat,
take this body and string it up/and I?ll never know what you said, because I?ll be fucking dead
by then? that sounds dead serious, and it?s frightening, especially as the track slowly devolves
from there, stripping back layer after layer like skin from his bones until all that?s left is a
husk of the original song.
9Kamijo
Symphony of the Vampire


Throne. The most bombastic track on the most extravagant listen of 2014. This track is just
dripping with cheese, but it wouldn?t be nearly as much fun if it was dialled down. The
symphonic elements are perfectly integrated into the mix, and every member of the band hold
nothing back in this magnificent closing track; from blazing guitar riffs, to bouncy piano
sections and Kamijo?s confident vocals, this track epitomizes the rest of the EP and rests as
the artist?s crowning achievement (both in his solo career, and his work with Versaillies).
8Rosetta
Flies to Flame


Pegasus. Gets my vote for their best song since Wake/Lift. While the EP never really gathered
any steam (rightfully so), this track is absolutely monumental and shows the band firing on all
the cylinders they?ve neglected over the past couple of years. The band nail the slow evolution
of this track, starting from a wall of sludgy guitars and progressively shifting focus to the
discordant guitars that lighten the mix and ease the listener towards a spacier ambience that
closes the track out. While nothing really jumps out and surprises you, it?s a pleasant surprise
after the rest of the clunky EP and a definite step in the right direction.
7TK from Ling Tosite Sigure
Fantastic Magic


Unravel. Despite the fact that it is technically a solo effort from TK, it sounds just like a Ling
Tosite Sigure classic - and if we were to treat this as a LTS song, it could very well be their
strongest since 2009. TK?s whisper vocals mesh perfectly with the meandering guitar melodies
to build tension before the storm of pounding drums and aggressive guitar/bass interplay hits.
TK teeters from a sparse mix to some of the most intense sections he?s been involved in, yet
always manages to reign in each of these tempestuous elements and finds the perfect
balance.
6The War on Drugs
Lost in the Dream


Red Eyes. Though ?Under the Pressure? may be their most impressive effort, this is undeniably
the song that keeps me coming back to Lost in the Dream. There?s an infectious energy
pulsing below the surface of this song that never lets up, and the moment where the verse
explodes into the first chorus with little-to-no warning is the most addictive, euphoric moment
to be found on the record.
5Sadistik
Ultraviolet


The Rabbithole. My favourite hip-hop track of the year, and it?s grown to become my favourite
track the artist has done. The tense initial 3 minutes of electronic meandering set the stage
for one of the most intense and impassioned verses I?ve heard in this medium. Sadistik is
already known for both his emotive rapping and technical proficiency, but never have they
melded together this seamlessly. He incorporates rapid-fire assonance and metaphorical
delivery at many points, but also utilizes some of his most applicable and effective literary
references. The creeping melody behind him reflects the moody lyricism perfectly and
multiplies the songs impact tenfold.
4The Smith Street Band
Throw Me in the River


Surrey Dive. Some artists with this sort of raw honesty in their music can be uncomfortable to
listen to, yet The Smith Street Band somehow always manage to avoid this. Maybe it?s their
familiar accent that attracts me - I don?t know, but whatever it is, listening to them feels
more like having their thoughts and feelings personally presented to me, rather than them
simply presenting them in musical form. It?s such a joy to see this album being the most
positive the band has ever sounded, and that newfound glee reaches its peaks in tracks like
this one, where you can see the band approaching the negative problems of old with this
optimism. Also contains the highlight of the entire album: ?So whyyyyy?. DON?T YOU FUCK
OFF?
3Taku Iwasaki
Noragami OST


Recollection. My most played song of the year by a significant margin (172 plays since June
10th). In only 3 minutes, this song manages to conjure an atmosphere on par with the finest
in noir jazz. The track consists of simple slow building ambience and light percussive touches,
which slowly work their way forward until the saxophone glides in softly, adding
monumentally to the track?s longing tone. A perfect example of less being more, and I can?t
think of a single more emotive track that rests under 3 minutes like this one.
2Gates
Bloom and Breathe


Bloom. While many would disagree, I find Bloom to be the best track on Bloom and
Breathe by a significant margin. I can still vividly remember the sunny day when I was
walking to the train station and put this album on for its first spin, as those driving drums
come flying out of nowhere and that first guitar melody came through my headphones. The
track builds an enormous amount of momentum and keeps riding it, never slowing for long
enough to reset itself and has the sort of raw energy that similar instrumental post-rock bands
simply can?t garner without a vocalist this passionate. The vocals cover a huge amount of their
range of styles in this one track, as does the guitarist, and it?s probably the drummer?s finest
performance. The way they return to the introductory segment to close the song out is just
perfect.
1Musk Ox
Woodfall


Serenade The Constellations. I don?t feel like any other song can justifiably top this. A lot of
other songs never stood a chance given the amount of ground an 18 minute track can cover,
and this one uses every second of that 18 minute runtime to its absolute fullest. It totally
eclipses the rest of the album, managing to convey so many different emotions and tones in
its journey without ever sounding forced. I wouldn?t change a single second of this
folk/classical masterpiece. I don?t think there?s much more I can say that hasn?t already been
said about this track, but in short; if you haven?t had the pleasure of listening to it, you should
do it. Now.
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