2014 Music Picks: The Best

Greetings!lucite speaker

Thank you for joining my review of musical highlights from A.D. 2014. As ever, some spectacular sounds made their way to my ears last year, and I obsessed over a handful of exceptional artists.

I’m sure I’ve left some off, either by accident or by decree, but I do hope you enjoy perusing the list nonetheless.

BEST ALBUMS


death blues
Death Blues
Ensemble
(Rhythmplex)

deepchord
Deepchord
Lanterns
(Astral Industries)

ultraviolence
Lana Del Rey
Ultraviolence
(Interscope)

aquaplano
Donato Dozzy & Nuel
The Aquaplano Sessions
(Spectrum Spools)

under the skin
Mica Levi
Under the Skin OST
(Milan)

Mehliana
Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana
Mehliana: Taming the Dragon
(Nonesuch)

no inc
No. Inc.
Early Reflections
(No.)

SETI
S.E.T.I.
Final Trajectory
(Loki/Power and Steel)

shaded explorer
Shaded Explorer
Between the Blue
(Silent Season)

tinashe
Tinashe
Aquarius
(RCA)

tobias
Tobias.
A Series of Shocks
(Ostgut Ton)

wrangler
Wrangler
LA Spark
(MemeTune)

2011 MUSIC PICKS!

Ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to finally announce my choice selections and utter disasters for the Musical Year of Our Lord, 2011!

Feel free to criticize at will, and don’t be shy to share your own selections! =)

REAL PLEASURES AND UTTER OBSESSIONS – 2011
ALVA NOTO: Univrs (2LP; raster-noton)
BJNILSEN/STILLUPPSTEYPA: Big Shadow Montana (LP, Helen Scarsdale Agency)
BYETONE: SyMeta (LP, raster-noton)
THE CARETAKER: An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (LP, History Always Favours the Winners)
CLAMS CASINO: Instrumentals (MP3 Mixtape, Self-released)
DEAF CENTER: Owl Splinters (LP w/CD, Type)
FENNESZ: Seven Stars (10″ EP, Touch)
FOVEA HEX: Here Is Where We Used To Sing (CD, Janet Records)
BURNT FRIEDMAN & JAKI LIEBEZEIT: Secret Rhythms 4 (CD, nonplace)
GESCOM: Skull Snap (12″ EP, Skam)
KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF: Teufelskamin (LP, Staubgold)
LEYLAND KIRBY: Intrigue & Stuff Vol. 1, 2 & 3 (LP, History Always Favours the Winners)
LEYLAND KIRBY: Eager To Tear Apart the Stars (LP, History Always Favours the Winners)
PINCH & SHACKLETON: Pinch & Shackleton (2LP, Honest Jon’s)
CHRIS WATSON: El Tren Fantasma (CD, Touch)

NEED MORE TIME – 2011
ATOMâ„¢: Winterreise (PlayButton)
ELEH: Floating Frequencies/Intuitive Synthesis (3CD, Important)
JON MUELLER: Alphabet of Movements (LP, Type)
ANDY STOTT: Passed Me By/We Stay Together (2CD, Modern Love)

DISAPPOINTING DISAPPOINTMENTS – 2011
THE ART OF NOISE: Into Battle With The Art Of Noise (Reissue, 2LP, ZTT)
SUSSAN DEYHIM: City of Leaves (CD, Venus Rising)
ROLL THE DICE: In Dust (LP, Leaf)
WIRE: Red Barked Tree (LP, Pinkflag)

Thank you for listening!
v.