The Best Albums of 2014 (part ii)

Best Albums 2014

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New Video: Hilary Hahn & Hauschka

Two classical artists from either side of the Atlantic ocean who have been collaborating since 2009 have finally come together to release an album of twelve stunning pieces, the result of 10 days spent together recording improvised tracks at Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik. Two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn and Hauschka released their combined effort Silfra on June 25th via Universal/Deutsche Grammophon. To promote the album, Eric Epstein has directed a video to accompany the song ‘Draw A Map’.

New Song: Chapel Club

London indie-rock band Chapel Club have released a new, free download track ahead of their impending UK tour which includes a date at the O2 Academy Oxford on October 17th. Signed to Loog/Universal, the band have recently spoken of their desire to reinvent their sound for the follow-up to their debut LP Palace, which was released earlier this year. The new track is called ‘Waterlight Park’ and can be downloaded from the band’s Facebook page. See here for further tour details.

The Drums – Portamento

You’d have thought that The Drums would have been a lot more adventurous when creating their second album Portamento, however they have stayed rather between the audacious lines and firmly on the ground with their new album, so expect pretty much everything you have already heard before. Out of all the twelve tracks, not one song shows a significant element of risk and I don’t think that they have not ventured out into a particularly strong sense of versatility. Words by Cydney Yeates.

Grandaddy Re-Release The Sophtware Slump

Universal/V2 have announced the re-release of Grandaddy’s landmark album The Sophtware Slump. The two disc release will feature both the original album as well as a disc of non album singles, b-sides, EP tracks and previously unreleased demos. Originally released 11 years ago, this special Deluxe Edition will be out on August 22nd.