Getintothis’ Top 50 albums that didn’t make it into the Getintothis Top 50 albums of 2014

0
Getintothis' album of the year countdown

Getintothis‘ 2014 albums of the year countdown

Getintothis begins our reflection on 2014 with the best albums of the year. Editor Peter Guy counts down his annual top 100 beginning with the 50 records which missed out on the top 50.

This is the eighth annual end of year album review compilation we’ve produced on Getintothis – and it’s remarkable how times have changed.

Back in 2007, when LCD Soundsystem‘s Sound of Silver topped our poll, Myspace was the go-to digital hub as Tom Anderson‘s social networking site reigned supreme eclipsing even Google as the world’s most visited online platform.

It was a time when print still prevailed (or at least grudgingly held its own) and the term ‘blog’ was met with mild derision; a seemingly throwaway medium lacking in substance and credibility. Conversely, end of year polls and lists weren’t as prevalent and the veracious appetite for clicks was less apparent compared to today’s all consuming need to be ‘first’.

In 2014, it’s all change and the end-of-year-ageddon is ubiquitous. There is no escape.

In fact, like Christmas, in many cases it begins almost a month early. This year, several end of year album lists were published during the second or third week of November – whether this was to shift units (in the case of record shops) or merely raise brand awareness, it’s notable how this gratuitous tidal wave of fodder has now changed the perception of the good ol’ fashioned annual polls.

Of course, some people simply don’t like music lists. It’s understandable. Ranking music or art could be viewed as crass as it is subjective. However, we remain firmly in favour of them. They provide a snapshot of what a website or publication has to offer – 12 months condensed into something slightly more digestible, and if they’re done well, offer a colourful, constructive insight into what the collective whole aims to represent.

For us, they’re also a vital recommender – and this year there’s a handful of albums which have made our final 100 thanks to a few of those lists being published unfashionably early. As always we’d salute the invaluable offerings via Piccadilly Records and the Quietus – two outlets which manage to consistently balance insightful knowledge, wit and corking personal taste. An unswerving passion courses through their annual album review round ups and it’s impossible not to be sucked into this well of fine new music.

Of course, that’s something we too aim to provide. And while there’s inevitably a wealth of music we will have missed, we can genuinely say 2014’s been another vintage year of new sounds and the list below could easily have swelled by another 50 or more records we have enjoyed.

We’d like to note at this point, we chose to omit mixtapes and compilations while including a handful of EPs (they were simply too good to leave out) and East India Youth is perhaps a glaring omission of the artists we champion simply because his superlative debut Total Strife Forever was included in our 2013 round up.

Beneath our list is a playlist of tracks from these 50 albums. As ever, we look forward to your feedback and recommendations in the comment section below, or alternatively join in the discussion on Facebook or Twitter.

Next week we will reveal our top 50 albums of 2014 plus round off the year in music. Enjoy.

Tune-Yards

Tune-Yards – part of our albums of 2014

Jimi_Goodwin_Odulek

100. Jimi Goodwin: Odludek

Heavenly Recordings

A maelstrom of melodic treats from one of the UK’s most underrated songwriters underpinned by sublime production from Dan Austin.

Getintothis on Jimi Goodwin.

Breton_War_Room_Stories

99. Breton: War Room Stories

Believe Recordings

Nuanced sprightly jerk-pop battles with grimy rhythms and brassy funk as the Londoner’s ramp up the accessibility levels.

Getintothis on Breton.

Sunn_O_Ulver_Terrestrials

98. Sunn O))) and Ulver: Terrestrials

Southern Lord

A meditative, almost sedate offering by both bands’ standards, this is blissful ambience for darkened souls.

Getintothis on Sunn O)))

Dan_Croll_Sweet_Disarray

97. Dan Croll: Sweet Disarray

Decca

Almost three years in the making, Sweet Disarray was characteristic Croll – huge aural hugs stuffed to the brim with hooks, yet it’s over-familiarity to our ears only served to whet the appetite for album number two.

Getintothis on Dan Croll.

Tune_Yards_Nick_Nack

96. Tune-Yards: Nikki Nack

4AD

Erratic and imbalanced,  Nikki Nack lacked the rounded power of W H O K I L L. Yet there was no denying Water Fountain was an absolute belter.

Getintothis on Tune-Yards

Tobacco_Ultima

95. Tobacco: Ultima II Massage

Ghostly

A glitchy mini atom bomb of sticky disco glam gloop. Well fun.

Getintothis on Tobacco

We_Are_Catchers

94. We Are CatchersWe Are Catchers

Domino

Another Liverpudlian who took his time to deliver the goods, Peter Jackson‘s We Are Catchers was loaded with sunshine, piano-led surf pop which just about managed to stay on the right side of cliche. He’s already preparing album number two and we’re very much keen to see the evolution.

Getintothis on We Are Catchers

Scott_Walker_Sunn_O_Soused

93. Scott Walker & Sunn O))): Soused

4AD

Possibly the biggest disappointment in collaborative terms since Prince and Madonna‘s Love Song, Soused was in essence a Scott Walker album bathed in Stephen O’Malley‘s guitar over drive. Though it has it’s moments, it was hard not to feel this was largely a missed opportunity. 

Getintothis on Sunn O)))

Pharmakon_Bestial_Burden

92. Pharmakon: Bestial Burden

Sacred Bones

If you were to judge any album by its cover in 2014, then Margaret Chardiet‘s Bestial Burden is it. Like an open wound convulsing, spitting and bloody, it was a grim, gratuitous delight.

Getintothis on Pharmakon

Lockah_Highway

91. Lockah: Yahoo Or The Highway

Donkey Pitch

Miami bass from Brighton. Some Velvet Evening was our sound of 6am in 2014.

Getintothis on Lockah

Ninetails_Quiet_Confidence

90. Ninetails: Quiet Confidence

Pond Life

Ninetails‘ evolution from angular guitar upstarts to progressive studio-led innovators was complete on Quiet Confidence. Here they think of the whole rather than the pieces and it’ll be fascinating to see just where they turn next.

Getintothis on Ninetails

Arca_Xen

89. Arca: Xen

Mute

Venezuelan Dalston-based Alejandro Ghersi melds fractured, piercing drone into something quite stunning. On first listen it’s harsh and unforgiving but persevere and there’s little escape.

Bird_My_Fear_And_me

88. Bird: My Fear And Me

Baltic

It’s fair to say we didn’t see My Fear And Me coming. Shedding their previous, slightly lightweight folk, Bird‘s debut offering careered into tribal, sometimes ferocious territory and on the towering I Am The Mountain they bow out with a Grade A classic.

Getintothis on Bird

Actress_Ghettoville

87. Actress: Ghettoville

Ninja Tune

Claustrophobic, low-end industrial shudders collide with dub textures and the odd occasional sense of levity. For the most part, as the album title suggests, it was like being dragged under the chassis of a wagon and having the granite whistle through your senses.

Getintothis on Actress

Evian_Christ_Waterfall

86. Evian Christ: Waterfall

Tri Angle

Ellesmere Port’s Josh Leary delivered another jolt of visceral stabbing electronica.

Getintothis on Evian Christ

Jungle

85. Jungle: Jungle

XL

The Marmite band of 2014, Jungle‘s groove was for the most part undeniably catchy – and in the live arena they truly shone. Way more than just a clever PR stunt.

Getintothis on Jungle

Shabazz_Palaces_Lesse_Majesty

84. Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty

Sub Pop

While not as complete a whole as Black UpIshmael Butler‘s out-jazz-hop cauldron bubbled pretty damn hard.

Getintothis on Shabazz Palaces

Xiu_xiu_angel_guts_album

83. Xiu Xiu: Angel Guts : Red Classroom

Bella Union

If there was more filthy record in 2014 then we didn’t hear it. The sound of Gasper Noe addled in Trent Reznor‘s S&M dungeon, screaming ‘black DICK! DICK! DICK!‘ One for Mother’s Day.

Getintothis on Xiu Xiu

Tycho_Awake

82. Tycho: Awake

Ghostly

Less consistent than his 2011 career-peak Dive, nonetheless Awake‘s airy ambition was still a joy with the title track a stand out.

Getintothis on Tycho

Amen Dunes_Love

81. Amen Dunes: Love

Sacred Bones

Hazy lo-fi dream-songs ideal for the Sunday afternoon comedown.

Getintothis on Amen Dunes

Augustines_Augustines

80. Augustines: Augustines

Oxcart

*BIG* blustering melodies which just about stayed on the right side of chest-beating. Nothing to Lose But Your Head is epic, ragged glory at its peak.

Getintothis on Augustines

manic_street_preachers_futurology

79. Manic Street Preachers: Futurology

Columbia

The Manics‘ career revival continues. Their finest since The Holy Bible. Seriously.

Getintothis on Manic Street Preachers

Remember_Remember_Forgetting_The_Present

78. Remember RememberForgetting The Present

Rock Action

Mini epics tied together with vast undulating orchestration. Yet another fine piece to add to the RR canon.

Getintothis on Remember Remember

tea_street_band

77. Tea Street BandTea Street Band

Baltic

It felt like a triumph that this record even saw the light. The sound of five lads making joyously melodic late night grooves to truly lose yourself to.

Getintothis on Tea Street Band

Principles_Of_Geometry

76. Principles Of Geometry: Meanstream

Tiger Sushi

Meditative glitch-laden funk pop with a hefty side order of French kisses.

Rustie_Green_Language

75. RustieGreen Language

Warp

Green Language was sadly never going to live up to the expectation following the superlative Glass Swords yet there was enough here to relish including the bruising Danny Brown-led Attak and glacial pop stomp of Velcro.

Getintothis on Rustie

Prins_Thomas_III

74. Prins Thomas: III

Full Pupp

The sound of Prins Thomas doing his thing. Business as usual. The man’s a thoroughbred one trick pony.

Getintothis on Prins Thomas

SBTRKT_Wonder

73. SBTRKT: Wonder Where We Land

Young Turks

Typical second album syndrome from London producer Aaron JeromeWonder Where We Land, is a difficult, erratic listen which comes to life thanks to a succession of guests including Chairlift‘s Caroline Polacheck, Sampha and Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig.

Getintothis on SBTRKT

Perc_The_Power_And_The_Glory

72. Perc: The Power And The Glory

Perc Trax

Primal incessant drone which makes Factory Floor sound positively summery.

Hauschka_Abandoned_City

71. Hauschka: Abandoned City

City Slang

Disquieting industrial rhythms trade with off-kilter piano in this eerie melange of late-night ghostly instrumentation.

Zola_Jesus_Taiga

70. Zola Jesus: Taiga

Mute

Nika Roza Danilova goes pop.

Getintothis on Zola Jesus

Ty_Segall_Manipulator

69. Ty Segall: Manipulator

Drag City

A mammoth effort even by this prolific song-writer’s standards; 17 tracks of guitar bluster and hazy wistful psychedelia, there’s barely a bum note.

Getintothis on Ty Segall

Sinkane_Mean_Love

68. Sinkane: Mean Love

Republic of Music

A slower reveal than his breakthrough Mars, Mean Love traded soulful torch songs with afro-beat cool and on openers How We Be and New Name he penned two of the year’s best.

Getintothis on Sinkane

Asgeir_In_The_Silence

67. Ásgeir: In The Silence

One Little Indian

Ticks every Icelandic music stereotype in the book yet it’s beauty is undeniable.

Getintothis on Ásgeir

First_Aid_Kit_Stay_Gold

66. First Aid Kit: Stay Gold

Columbia

Relocating to Nashville did the Söderberg sisters the world of good, this is a goldmine of masterly-crafted country-pop ballads.

Getintothis on First Aid Kit

Ex-Hex_Rips

65. Ex Hex: Rips

Merge

Delirious power pop that recalls Sleater-Kinney at their finest. Some feat that.

Aphex_Twin_Syro

64. Aphex Twin: Syro

Warp

Let’s be honest, Richard D. James probably found this set of tracks down the back of his sofa in an abandoned hard drive dating back to the early 90s. Still, sounded pretty fresh and unlike anyone else. Quintessential Aphex.

Getintothis on Aphex Twin

Conan_Blood_Eagle

63. Conan: Blood Eagle

Napalm Records

There’s still few UK bands that can match the epic might and muscle of ConanBlood Eagle was the sound of the band ridiculously on the money once again.

Getintothis on Conan

Land_Observations_The_Grand_Tour

62. Land Observations: The Grand Tour

Mute

The Grand Tour slipped under many a radar in 2014 yet we suspect it’s tapestry of sweet guitar motifs and understated percussive grooves will be singled out in years to come. Hope so, anyway.

Getintothis on Land Observations

Parquet_Courts_Sunbathing_Animal

61. Parquet Courts: Sunbathing Animal

Rough Trade

A different beast to debut Light Up Gold, here Parquet Courts extended their blasé bluster resulting in a sound less immediate, perhaps lacking the short sucker-punch but still a hefty clout of dynamite all the same.

Getintothis on Parquet Courts

J_Mascis_Tied_To_A_Star

60. J Mascis: Tied To A Star

Sub Pop

It’s baffling how easy J Mascis makes it all seem. Forty minutes of scruffy golden nuggets perfect for late evenings or early rises.

Getintothis on J Mascis

Ambarchi_OMalley_Dunn

59. Ambarchi, O’Malley, Dunn: Shade Themes From Kairos

Drag City

Master Musicians of Bukkake dude Randall Dunn ties this epic piece of dark ambience together to stunning effect.

Warpaint

58. Warpaint: Warpaint

Rough Trade

An exercise in beautiful restraint, sometimes the low thrum is barely even there yet it seemingly evaporates into your subconscious. Their most consistent offering to date.

Getintothis on Warpaint

Inventions

57. Inventions: Inventions

Temporary Residence

Mark T. Smith from Explosions in the Sky and Matthew Cooper of Eluvium combine to create an evocative piece which should be a joy to fans of both bands.

Andy_Stott_Faith_In_Strangers

56. Andy Stott: Faith In Strangers

Modern Love

Perhaps Stott’s most diverse collection to date; from the title track’s neat melodicism to the clanging hip hop thuds of Violence through to immersive nastiness on Time Away if you’re not overly familiar with the Manchester-based producer now’s the time to start.

Getintothis on Andy Stott

The_Barr_Brothers

55. The Barr Brothers: Sleeping Operator

Sleeping City

In another year, Sleeping Operator could have been talked about in the same breath as contemporary Americana alt-classics as it was this one slipped under most radars.

EMA_The_Futures_Void

54. EMA: The Future’s Void

City Slang

A courageous move away from the raw Patti Smith-indebted debut of Past Life Martyred Saints, and while it didn’t quite hang together there was still enough tension and gut-thudding tunes to ensure Erika M. Anderson remains one of alt-rock’s most vital songwriters.

Getintothis on EMA

Earth_Primitive_And_deadly

53. Earth: Primitive And Deadly

Southern Lord

Perhaps the easiest listen Dylan Carlson‘s ever committed to tape – gnarly rock odes with Mark Lanegan cameos. Refreshingly straight up.

Getintothis on Earth

Wolves_In_The_Throne_Room

52. Wolves In The Throne Room: Celestite

Artemesia

A marked move away from their riff-orientated noise, here WITTR deliver cinematic organ, horns, frosty ambient textures and something verging on post-rock accessibility. The purists hated it. They would.

Getintothis on Wolves In The Throne Room

Sun_Kil_Moon_Benji

51. Sun Kil Moon: Benji

Caldo Verde

Mark Kozelek‘s confessional brutality takes in death, profound tragedy, personal struggles and pretty much everything else that’s bleak but wraps it all in a package which is – for him – almost positively joyful.

Getintothis‘ Top 50 albums of 2014 will be published next week when we will begin our end of year package. For now here’s a playlist of highlights from those records listed above.

Comments

comments

Share.

Comments are closed.