My Picks for Best of 2014 (fS)

Do yourself a favor and get on down to your local independent record store and check out some these releases. Here are my favorites for 2014.

1.) War On DrugsLost in the Dream (Perfect album. Drenched in Springsteen sounding reverb, swirling guitar work with a “Dylanesqe” vocal delivery)
2.) IceagePlowing through the fields of love (Love the sound of this album, reminiscent of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Clash; two of my favorites. Perfect arrangements which chill you to the bone.)
3.) SwansTo Be Kind (Primal groove, perfect arrangements that will dig into your core and hold on to you. Listen to this in it’s entirety. A modern masterpiece from Michael Gira and crew.)
4.) SpoonThey Want My Soul (Superb release from Austin favorites. With razor sharp production…typical perfection from Spoon. A must for listening through a pair of headphones)
5.) Sun Kil MoonBenji (Sadly beautiful, powerful stories – this record will move you emotionally – possibly Mark Kozelek’s best)
6. ) Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy collaborator and singer-songwriter paints a painfully romantic and beautiful masterpiece on a indie folk canvas.)
7. ) Run The JewelsRTJ 2 (NYC and Atlanta based hip hop duo make another “in your face” record. Even better than their last LP, so many good grooves and extra heavy beats – you won’t be able to stop coming back to this one)
8. ) GrouperRuins (Blissful, foggy and just beautiful)
9. ) Aphex TwinSyro (A return to form – perfect production – acid/ambient techno from Richard David James…can’t go wrong)
10.) How To Dress WellWhat is This Heart? (A great take on R&B, amazing vocal power and very dynamic)