2014 turned out to be a year of memorable and exciting albums. This list took some time to compile and many albums came close to being included but these albums proved to be the standouts among the abundant records released this year. From a return to form in the post-punk genre to a soul/funk masterpiece, here are the top 10 albums of 2014.
10. Interpol- El Pintor
9. The Hotelier: Home, Like Noplace Is There
8. Kele: Trick
7. I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: Dust
6. Real Estate: Atlas
5. The War on Drugs: Lost in a Dream
4. The Neighbourhood: #000000 & #FFFFFF
3. Tijuana Panthers: Wayne Interest
2. Cymbals Eat Guitar: Lose
1. D’angelo & The Vanguard: Black Messiah
Music videos over the years have become a form to be reckoned with. Some are mini-movies while others are complete works of art and 2014 has been a year of both these categories. From living in a dream to dancing for self-love here are the top 10 music videos of 2014.
10. Childish Gambino: Sweatpants
9. Kele: Doubt
8. FKA twigs: Two Weeks
7. A Place to Bury Strangers: Straight
6. Beyonce: 7/11
5. Real Estate: Crime
4. Childish Gambino: Telegraph Ave (Oakland by Lloyd)
3. Sam Smith: Money on My Mind
2. Flying Lotus: Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
1. Kendrick Lamar: “i”
Augustines are a band that I completely stumbled on last year. Their earnest and moving songs instantly caught my attention and I decided to check out their album “Rise Ye Sunken Ships”. The album was inspired from vocalist/guitarist Billy McCarthy’s pain and loss from the deaths of his mother and brother. After listening to this album I felt like I had to let as many people know about it.
One of the best songs on the album is “Juarez” which is anthemic in scope with its powerful chorus and grandiose sound. McCarthy’s voice soars with the gradually increasing guitar chords. Check it out above.
I finally had the opportunity to listen to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” album and I feel like it is one of the best albums I have ever listened to. It is without a doubt a masterpiece that showcases just how versatile Marvin Gaye was.
The album itself is quite relevant in today’s world especially with the protests going on around the country over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner to the police. The album really hits home with its plea for equality and peace. I felt like I really had to at least share this remarkable record on this site so that it can reach those that have never heard it before or at least inspire people to try and help to change our world. Check it out.
The Morning Benders was a band that really came into their own with their second album “Big Echo”. Its atmospheric and California surf sound set the band apart from their contemporaries back in 2010. The album is literally quite perfect from beginning to end. To this day I still listen to this album constantly.
One of the best songs on this record is “Promises” which features hazy guitar chords blending with Christopher Chu’s remarkable vocal range. Check it out above.
2014 has been a year of quite a few surprises in new music. Many artists released singles without an album pending. There has also been a variety of memorable songs released for movies and TV shows. From a subdued dance track to a noisy exclamation of trouble to come, here are the top 10 songs of 2014.
10. Kele: Humour Me
9. The War on Drugs: An Ocean in Between the Waves
8. Drake: How About Now
7. Miguel: Simplethings
6. Drake: 0 to 100
5. Bon Iver: Heavenly Father
4. Real Estate: Crime
3. Motorama: Special Day
2. Tijuana Panthers: Money Jar
1. Cymbals Eat Guitars: Warning
Bloc Party’s lead singer Kele Okereke has just released his newest solo album “Trick” and it proves to be an amazing followup to “The Boxer”. The songs on this record is much more downbeat and displays its UK garage/ post-dubstep influences that has become a major influence to various artists.
One of the best songs on the album is “Humour Me”. The song is a dance track with a dark bass beat playing throughout. Kele’s vocals blend perfectly with the bouncing beat. Check it out.