Favorite Recordings of 2014

Each year I have a hard time creating my favorite of lists because I am extremely picky with what gets a place on the list. Each album has to be something that I could turn on and listen to at almost any time, every once and while there are those times where nothing sounds good and you just decide to sit in silence.

This year was no different. In fact it was the hardest year yet and therefore some albums tied for spots on the list of nine. Yes nine. I like the number nine because I like odd numbers. When creating an album or EP a band can think about the beginning, middle, and end because odd numbers have a "middle" within them.

Either way I'm babbling, enjoy perusing the list and I hope you find something new to listen too.

  1. Tie: Beach Slang - "Broken Thrills" made up of
    "Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?" Released: 2014-04-17 Type: EP Label: Dead Broke Records Buy / Stream: Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp
    "Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street" Released: 2014-09-30 Type: EP Label: Tiny Engines Buy / Stream: Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp
  2. VA AA LR - "Newhaven" Released: 2014-11-29 Type: EP / Longform Track Label: Organized Music From Thessaloniki Buy / Stream: Bandcamp, CD via ErstDist
  3. Takahiro Kawaguchi - "S/T" Released: 2014-06-22 Type: Album Label: Senufo Editions Buy: CD via Discogs
  4. Jack Harris & Samuel Rodgers - "Primary / Unit 11" Released: 2014-11-05 Type: Album Label: Notice Recordings Buy / Stream: Bandcamp
  5. Kawaguchi / Olive / Oshiro - "Airs" Released: 2014-10 Type: Album Label: 854 Audio Buy / Stream: Bandcamp, CD via Discogs
  6. Tie
    The Hotelier - "Home, Like Noplace Is There" Released: 2014-02-18 Type: Album Label: Tiny Engines Buy / Stream: Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, Physical
    Somos - "Temple Of Plenty" Released: 2014-03-25 Type: Album Label: Tiny Engines Buy / Stream: Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, Physical
  7. Tie
    Seijiro Murayama / √Čric La Casa - "Paris: Public Spaces" Released: 2014-06-13 Type: Album Label: Ftarri Buy / Stream: Bandcamp, CD via Ftarri, CD via ErstDist, CD via Discogs
    Jean-Luc Guionnet / Eric La Casa - "Home: Handover" Released: 2014-10-27 Type: Album Label: Potlatch Buy / Stream: Bandcamp, CD via Potlatch, CD via ErstDist, CD via Discogs Note: audio samples can be heard here
  8. Young and Heartless - "The Pull Of Gravity" Released: 2014-06-24 Type: Album Label: Self Released Buy / Stream: Apple Music, SpotifyBandcamp
  9. Luciano Maggiore & Enrico Malatesta - "Talladura" Released: 2014-09-05 Type: Album Label: Triscele Registrazioni Buy: CD via Triscele Registrazioni Audio: Excerpt