Getintothis editor Peter Guy on the albums that have shaped 2014 including futuristic synth-horror, confessional rock and a Mancunian rhythmic juggernaut.
Today’s ten features electro-soul, prog-rock and an album truly befitting of the term ‘psychedelic’. Rare that.
The countdown continues…
30. The Bug: Angels And Devils
Continuing where London Zoo left off, The Bug deliver another serious statement of furious socio-political urban beatdowns. At times it borders on the uncomfortable, yet, given the world we live in, this is surely their point.
29. Plank!: Hivemind
Mancunians Plank! evoke the spirit of ’69 with this propulsive kraut-infused rhythmic juggernaut.
Getintothis on Plank!
28. Beck: Morning Phase
Another Beck album. Another great album.
Getintothis on Beck
27. Contact: First Contact
British film composer Paul Lawler teamed up with A.E. Paterra (aka Majeure) of sci-fi synth outfit Zombi, to serve up a heavy dose of Goblin-inspired space disco. YEAH!
26. Grumbling Fur: Preternaturals
In a year when ‘psychedelic’ was the most overused/misused term in music’s vocabulary, here was a band drawing on the very essence of it. Mini kaleidoscopic suites jam-packed with understated virtuoso instrumentation aligned to colourful mind-bending melodicism. Oh, and Neil Megson Fanclub wins hands down for song title of the year too.
Getintothis on Grumbling Fur
25. Soft Walls: No Time
A profoundly deep heavy trip from Dan Reeves (Cold Pumas) recalling early Deerhunter.
24. The Men: Tomorrow’s Hits
For one week in February we listened to this on a beach and everything in the world seemed just swell.
Getintothis on The Men
23. SOHN: Tremors
Intensely beautiful electro-soul married to Christopher Taylor‘s heart-popping falsetto.
Getintothis on SOHN
22. Sharon Van Etten: Are We There
Van Etten‘s fourth album once again is a loaded gun of intimate confessional body blows.
Getintothis on Sharon Van Etten
21. Wildest Dreams: Wildest Dreams
DJ Harvey returns with a sprawling 70s prog out-rock beast. Crank this loud.