It’s been an absolutely immense year for music and we couldn’t go ahead and choose the best albums of 2014 all by ourselves. Below you will find some of our favourite musicians’ top five albums of this year!

Also, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people behind the scenes who have helped us out through this year, we couldn’t be grateful enough for the hard work that has been put in!



Andrew McMahon

Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream
Broken Bells – After The Disco
Bleachers – Strange Desire


Nai Harvest

Playlounge – Pilot
Bloody Knees – Stitches
Wild Ones – Keep It Safe
The Number Ones – The Number Ones
The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There

Mason Maggio (Tigers On Trains/The Republic Of Wolves)
Vacationer – Relief
Bleachers – Strange Desire
Manchester Orchestra – Hope
Taylor Swift – 1989
Tokyo Police Club – Forcefield

Dream Rituals (Jason Nunn)
Manchester Orchestra – Cope

“Incredible songwriting. Hooks, riffs, lyrics, melody: the whole package. I was blown away by every song on this album, it is everything I want in a modern rock album. Not to mention the incredible fullness and punch this talented band provides, coupled with Andy’s incredibly original and impressive vocal work.”

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

“I’ve been a huge fan and follower of each Damon Albarn project since my early teens, so the prospect of his first purely solo album was very enticing. As a serial collaborator, listening to Damon successfully craft music that is largely reliant on his own voice was so exciting for me. The minimalistic and melancholy tones of this album renew my belief in the concept of a full album in opposition to the single oriented world we’re living in.”

Emma Ruth Rundle – Some Heavy Ocean

“I am a fan of each of Emma’s other projects (Marriages, Nocturnes) but none of those are as structure/songwriting oriented as her solo debut. Hearing the airy, haunting, and sometimes folky songs on this album was a real trip. Every song on this album is incredible, it’s safe to say this is the album that I listened to the most this year.”

Merchandise – After The End

“I was a Merchandise fan before this album but my listening was limited to the 4 song release prior, ‘Totale Nite’. Needless to say, this album is somewhat of a departure from their past releases. The addition of a full band and a decidely poppier/commercial approach is killer. This is some of the best pop songwriting I’ve heard in years and the 4AD cosign helps, too.”

Nothing – Guilty of Everything

“I believe this album is better than any other ‘Shoegaze revival’ record that has come out in the past several years. However, I believe that reducing this album to those terms is insulting. Nothing is a band that strikes the perfect balance between pop, noise, and punk sensibility. I love the lyrics, writing, and tones of this album; particularly their attention to song structure (a place where I believe many new ‘shoegaze’ bands lack). The self titled album closer is my favorite song.”

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Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s – Sling Shot to Heaven
Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
Young Statues – The Flatlands Are Your Friend
PUP – PUP
Copeland – Ixora


I, The Lion
GoGo Penguin – v2.0

“The name of this band is enough to stick them in the top 5, but after finding out they sound like a chilled out Three Trapped Tigers, I was hooked. Full of progressive chord sequences throughout, its one of those ones that makes you listen but you can just stick on anytime.”

Biffy Clyro – Similarities

“Its borderline frustrating that a band can release all the tracks that were rejects from a double album, and still make an album that is one of my favourites. Hinting back at the Biffy we loved for the first three albums, theres not much to dislike about this record.”

Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow

“I wouldn’t have expected this to be in my top 20, let alone my top 5. But after hearing it over the year its a major grower and now there isn’t a track on there I dislike. Its the little details that make this album great, definitely the bands Dark Side Of The Moon.”

Reuben – Racecar Is Racecar Backwards (Reissue)

“I wouldn’t be a real person if I didn’t try and put Reuben in my top albums of the year (even if it is only a reissue). Even before the rerelease came out, me and the guys have had this record on repeat all the time and with good reason. Its timeless and fucking amazing.”

Canterbury – Dark Days

“I have to admit when I first heard Canterbury I wasn’t exactly blown away, but Dark Days really made me open my eyes. Its consistent good song writing throughout, vocals that seem to go higher and higher along with some damn fine riffs that’ll have you bopping your head like a dippy bird. A majorly deserved top spot.”

Every Atlas
Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Copeland – Ixora
Manchester Orchestra – Cope/Hope
Say Anything – Hebrews

 

Auxes
Tony Allen – Film Of Life
Late Bloomer – Things Change
Cheatahs – Cheatahs
Jail Weddings – Meltdown: A Declaration of Unpopular Emotion
Sleaford Mods – Divide And Exit

Aspigia (Kevin Day)
Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again

“Hands down their best release yet. No fat. No filler. The vocals were stepped up a notch.”

Cheap Girls – Famous Graves

“Again, probably their best release to date. The production is more of a return to form from their last album.”

Pixies – Indie Cindy

“I’ve never been a huge fan of The Pixies. They were a band that I could get into if I was listening to their greatest hits. Indie Cindy is a little more on the pop side, but there are classic Pixies moments throughout the album. Everyone hates this album. I say, goodnight to you.”

Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown

“These guys are getting older but it doesn’t show at all. This album is fast and heavy. Young bands writing metal and hardcore need to take notes on this album.”

Against Me – Transgender Dysphoria Blues

“This album sounds inspired. Again, this album showcases some of the best songwriting from Against Me yet, the production isn’t my favorite and there are a few tracks on here that just miss the mark for me.’


Check back next week for our second round of artist picks!