The Best 35 Releases of 2014. (15-11)

2014 will always be the year that was 2014.
Here is a rundown of The Best 35 Releases of 2014. 

(20-16 available here)

The Best 35 Releases of 2014


15. Frank Iero andthe Cellabration – Stomachaches.

While Gerard Way has been crafting another project, Frank Iero has been himself. From the spelling mistakes of the bands name, ‘andthe cellabration’ through the full stop happy track names, ‘Stomachaches’ is an album of disarming charm and honesty. There’s still the messages of defiance that defined his previous band but they’re presented without assumption as Frank finds himself in the spotlight. While there’s a raised hand here, or a blinking eye there, it’s an attention that he channels into a gloomy, gnarled world of whimsy and brilliance.


14. Lauren Aquilina – Liars.

It’s rare to find an artist who has a vision for their releases. It’s rarer still for that vision to be both actualised, and intelligent. And then there’s the unique. From the self-release of her first EP “Fools’ in 2012, it’s been an exhilarating journey for Lauren Aquilina. While 2014 saw many wonderful things happen for Lauren, the release of the third chapter in her trilogy of EPs was perhaps the greatest. Theatrical and epic, while maintaining the tribulations of youth, ‘Liars’ is another accomplished collection of songs that shows off both her skill as a performer and her craft as a songwriter. It’s breathtaking and wonderful, and the best thing part is, she’s still got so much to give.


13. Noyo Mathis – Endure.

For their third EP, south coast darlings Noyo Mathis decided on a more positive approach to their sound. Taking the idea of one good thing in a sea of bad and threading it through a buoyant and acrobatic five tracks, Endure sees the three-piece reach new heights of musical and lyrical prowess. With songs of regret, lovelorn admiration and a persistent sense of hope, Noyo Mathis craft tales that tap into a higher plain while also making your gut yearn for the comfort of another.


12. Solemn Sun – Solemn Sun.

Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun are dead. Long live Solemn Sun. In a bold move, the band put the brakes on a career they deserved, but didn’t want and realigned their weapons to launch an assault elsewhere. The result is an atmospheric blitz of post-rock come hip-hop that swaggers with the confidence of arena spectacle while meaning enough to create that celebratory atmosphere anywhere. ‘Ruin’ is a triumph of a pop song in wolves clothing while the jangle of ‘I Saw’ is a terrifyingly upfront beast. And this only serves as a first glimpse of a band reborn. Brace for impact.


11. Maybeshewill – Fair Youth.

The fourth album from Maybeshewill ‘Fair Youth’ is a grower. Gone are the aggressive vocal samples and call to arms mantra that’s shaped their previous work. Instead, ‘Fair Youth’ is a freefalling goliath of texture, intimacy and pristine tranquility. The landscape for which Maybeshewill can play with has opened up and now, not even the sky is out of reach. The stretching dive of ‘Sanctuary’ soars with the freedom normally reserved for metaphors about birds while the swirling caress of ‘Permanence’ is laced with close-your-eye escapism. ‘Fair Youth’ has been pieced together so carefully, that it’s not until you step back and admire it as a body of work can you truly appreciate the craft, the majesty and the wonder within.



~ by justdip on 05/01/2015.

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