The Best 35 Releases of 2014. (20-16)

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

(25-21 available here)

The Best 35 Releases of 2014


20. Manchester Orchestra – Cope.

Bridging the gap in intensity between their live show and their recorded output, comes Manchester Orchestra with the unforgiving swagger of Cope. From the all out roar of album opener ‘Top Notch’ to the churning feedback at the album’s close, every moment of ‘Cope’ is considered and masterful. There’s a captured energy that runs throughout that keeps Manchester Orchestra fluid and the ever verbose Andy Hull conjuring some of his most prominent poetry yet. It’s dirty rock and roll with exposed guts and tortured soul.


19. Rob Lynch – All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul.

‘All These Nights In Bars Will somehow Save My Soul’ is a mantra adopted at the age of nineteen that doesn’t ever fully go away. It’s no surprise then, that Rob Lynch’s debut album is full of wide eyed hope and relatable truths about the struggles of growing up and the victories that come hand in hand with defeat. There’s beauty in Rob’s tales of the everyday and bottling those special moments without losing any of the unspoken magic within, takes a great deal of craft.


18. Charly Bliss – Soft Serve.

At under nine minutes long ‘Soft Serve’ by Charly Bliss is the shortest release to make it onto this countdown, but with those 597 seconds the four-piece “bubble-grunge” band from New York will steal your heart and ruin any plans you had to stay in and do work. It’s a dark fairytale and glittering ode that fills every avenue of your attention and holds your gaze for the duration. Warped, daring and ridiculously good-natured, each of the songs from ‘Soft Serve’ was released with its own comic because only in the cartoon colourful world of make believe, can Charly Bliss really be gifted the vibrant background they deserve.

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17. Blood Red Shoes – Blood Red Shoes.

Blood Red Shoes have done a Paramore. By pulling away from a path laid out before them, and instead choosing the darkness of the unknown, they’ve wrestled their band back from the realms of expectation. Underlining this victory with a self-titled release, Blood Red Shoes have never sounded more sure. Dancing between marching stares and darting sprints, ‘Blood Red Shoes’ keep the dynamics of the album twisted around their little finger. Much more than musical victories though; ‘Blood Red Shoes’ is a celebration of chemistry. It doesn’t matter whether it’s tentative, comfortable or pointed. It’s always there.


16. Moose Blood – I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time.

Young romance in Hollywood is soundtracked by pop punk and goofy gestures. In reality, it’s soundtracked by Moose Blood. ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’ is full of hope and beauty. It gets carried away in a moment of weakness and the ever knowing smirk of optimism but despite the rosey climbs, there’s the ever looming bump of painful reality, and that’s where Moose Blood come into their own. From the lamenting ‘Cherry’ to the churning “I Hope You’re Miserable’ Moose Blood wear their heart on their sleeve and that’s why they’re such an attractive prospect.


~ by justdip on 05/01/2015.

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