Last part of my records-of-the-year list. You can read the previous episode here.
Also, Spotify gently informed me that my most listened record of the year is New Found Land by New Found Land. I couldn’t put it in the list because it’s old, but I’m proud of every single listen. Go listen to it now if you don’t trust me!
#10 at best cuckold avi buffalo
Does the fact that this record made it into the top 10 have anything to do with me having a crush on Avi Zahner-Isenberg? Probably not.
I listened to At Best Cuckold a lot, way more than I did with Avi Buffalo’s first creature. Its dreamy, long guitar solos drove me into imaginary make out sessions with Avi ZI – true – and made the whole thing sound like an alternative soundtrack to La Boum. But then the lyrics bind everything to the ground by adding something that’s dirty, modern and certainly weird (one song features the line “I’m a cheese ball on fire”…erm…ok).
Long story short: Avi Buffalo at its catchiest with expressionist music pictures of modern youngsters’ dilemmas.
Listen to: Won’t be around no more
#9 the future’s void EMA
Third part of my end-of-the-year best records list. You can read the second part here or jump to the top 10 here.
#20 el pintor interpol
A solid, more than respectable record by a band that’s been around for more than 15 years and clearly hasn’t lost its charm.
Listen to: All the rage back home
#19 atlas real estate
Second part of my best records of 2014 list. You can read the first part here or go read the best 10 records.
#30 seeds tv on the radio
Tv on the radio are back and give us exactly what we expect from them: nothing less and nothing more.
Also: best album cover of the year, hands down.
Listen to: Ride
#29 benji sun kil moon
#40 muna marketa irglova
Contemporary music doesn’t seem to be very much about Beauty (capital letter intended). It’s about self-expression or differentiation or intellectualism or pain or flashiness or experimenting, but rarely about beauty plain and simple.
Czech artist Marketa Irglova, as a response to that, seems like one of those people who enter the recording studio with the main goal of doing something that is precisely beautiful. And that can be ok, too.
Listen to: The Leading Bird
#39 i remember everything rivulets