Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Top 10 Albums Of 2014

Chosen by KevW

Yes, yes, we know the site is closed, but as we were running for most of the year we thought it would be fitting to do the regular end of year lists where we salute those who've made the best noise over the past 12 months. These are the albums that have lit up the year.


10) Mode Moderne - Occult Delight


In Brief: Like the post-punk songs of Factory Records being given a dose of melody to counteract the darkness.




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9) Fanfarlo - Let's Go Extinct


In Brief: Ambitious, experimental indie/psych/chamber-pop that doesn't really care what anyone else is doing.

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8) Sheepy - Sheepy

 
In Brief: Teenage Fanclub taking on The Ramones with youthful vigour, resulting in a joyful powerpop explosion

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7) Temples - Sun Structures


In Brief: Sixties psych-pop impeccably revisited with tunes aplenty and never a moment that's less than kaleidoscopic.

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6) The Raveonettes - Pe'ahi


In Brief: More dark tales from Denmark's king and queen of fuzz and twang, this time with a new production style.

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5) Gold-Bears - Dalliance


In Brief: A non-stop roller coaster of fuzzy excellence that proves that the lo-fi indiepop revival is still in good hands. 




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4) Cheatahs - Cheatahs

 
In Brief: Delivering you one-hundred percent undiluted shoegaze; as it used to be and as it should be.




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3) Champs - Down Like Gold

 
In Brief: Heavenly harmonies, haunting atmospherics and masterful songwriting that wraps you up like a snug blanket.




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2) The Popguns - Pop Fiction


In Brief: Returning power-indiepop heroes triumph with wall-to-wall tunes on what sounds like a greatest hits album.




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ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Days Of Abandon


Many people had written off Brooklyn guitar-pop darlings The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart after their (still excellent) second album didn't quite scale the same heights as their debut. With news that only Kip Berman remained from the original line-up, fuel was added to this fire, but what a way to extinguish it. With a new band, some added synths and stripped of the scuzz, 'Days Of Abandon' was a step forward in terms of songwriting and prevented them getting stuck forever in a fuzzed-out rut which yielded diminishing returns. On this album the doubters were proven wrong as the group produced arguably their strongest set of songs to date. Not the end then, but a whole new beginning instead.

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