Between December 1st-20th, we’re counting down our favourite albums of 2014 on our Facebook page. We’re half way through, so here is a rundown from 20 to 11. It really has been a great year for music hasn’t it! Keep your eye on our Facebook page over the next ten days to see our top picks for the year.
20. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything (Constellation)
Efrim and crew deliver an album so saturated with dread and savage bleakness that it sounds more like an original score to a Cormac McCarthy novel. A colossal piece of work. Did you expect anything less?
19. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Revelation (A Recordings)
Never a band to shy away from melding catchy melodies and motifs with obscure 60s influenced production, Revelation would have proved to be exactly that for the uninitiated.
18. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Enter the Slasher House (Domino)
Avey Tare and Angel Deradoorian team up on this quirky collection of fairground spooks and madcap pop. Lighter and more accomplished than his last album (2010’s Down There), and consistently more rewarding than Centipede Hz.
17. Ty Segall – Manipulator (Drag City)
One year and only one album from Ty Segall? What’s happening? Manipulator is a bit long, but when you can shit hits like Ty, you really can’t complain about having too much of a good thing.
16. Future Islands – Singles (4AD)
Seemingly out of nowhere (despite this being their fourth album), Future Islands released this wonderful album of yearning synth-pop which featured the undoubted song of the year, ‘Seasons’.
15. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
Pain, sorrow, guts and plenty of fire, Angel Olsen also gave us a perfectly formed collection of songs to burn our former lovers’ possessions to.
14. Hookworms – The Hum (Domino)
Shrieking vocals, distorted organ-drones and tracks that relentlessly pulverises two chords of ragged guitars, The Hum is a pysch-punk masterpiece and one of the most exciting UK release in years.
13. Grouper – Ruins (Kranky)
Liz Harris’ low-lying fog of melancholia is certainly not a record for cold, dark winter nights. Ruins absorbs the sounds of nature and the stillness of solitude; the result is a crushingly sad and lonely album. Let it in.
12. Mogwai – Rave Tapes (Rock Action Records)
Moving from their usual all-out assault of distorted guitar noise, Mogwai opted to create an album laid on a foundation of analogue synths. The result? Some of their most beautiful material to date.
11. Sun Kil Moon – Benji (Caldo Verde Records)
There is no denying that Mark Kozelek is a great songwriter, but I really didn’t think he had this in him. Benji is beautiful and brutally honest, staring life and death in the face and addressing both with equal eloquence and realism.