St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Best Album of the Year
I fell in love with this album when I seen St. Vincent back in February. The album sounds incredible live and Annie Clark's in your face experimental performance style really transforms songs like Rattlesnake and Birth in Reverse. Personally I love songs like Prince Johnny and Huey Newton because they really show off St. Vincent's raw talent. On Black Friday, St. Vincent released a 10 inch single as part of Record Store. The two new songs Pieta and Sparrow may give us an indication of the sound of the next album but who knows what Annie Clark has in store for us next.
Favourite Track: Prince Johnny
Dum Dum Girls - Too True
Favourite Album by the Dum Dum Girls
Too True is a tribute to rock n roll, teen gangs and canonical poets like Rimbaud and Baudelaire. The Dum Dum Girls are moving in the direction of the rock n roll golden years, of idols, poster boys and star crossed myths. An album with the atmosphere of a lost generation.
Favourite Track: Lost Boys and Girls Club
Haunted Hearts - Initiation
Haunted Hearts is a collaboration between Dee Dee Penny of the Dum Dum Girls and Brandon Welchez of the Crocodiles. Haunted Hearts would be at home in Studio 64, The Factory or anywhere where fur coats and tinsel are considered normcore. In Mojo, Dave Grohl described Haunted Hearts as a duet between Siouxsie Sioux and Lou Reed, which is everything you could ever want really.
Favourite track: Initiate me
The Raveonettes - Pe'ahi
Seventh studio album by the Danish noise pop duo and they sound better than ever. I look to The Raveonettes when Im in need of some sophisticated noise.
Favourite track: Sisters
Honeyblood - Honeyblood
Best Debut of 2014
Honeyblood is my favourite new musical discovery of 2014. The Glaswegian indie pop duo write songs about your life. Honeyblood as the perfect soundtrack to any teenager's daily existential crisis.
Favourite track: Killer Bangs
Alvvays - Alvvays
Best Summer Album
Play this album when wandering around a dead end town in late July or alternatively on road drive along the West Coast (oh I wish I didn't fail at driving). Message from Alvvays: be happy in the haze.
Favourite track: Adult Diversion
Wolf Alice - Creature Songs
Favourite Upcoming Band
Creature Songs is the second EP by Wolf Alice and their most promising yet. Moaning Lisa Smile is such a great song and I can't wait for their studio album.
Favourite Track: Moaning Lisa Smile
Karen O - Crush Songs
Favourite Solo Act
The first solo album from Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Crush Songs sounds like it has been written inside a music box. Lo-fi dreaminess and therefore perfect mixtape music.
Favoruite Track: Rapt
What are your favourite albums of 2014??
P.S. see how the descriptions get shorter and more vague, its called laziness haha