Albums of 2014 Year-End List

10 Todd Terje: It’s Album TimeTodd_Terje_-_It's_Album_Time_album_cover

Cheesy/fun(ky) cocktail lounge jazz that takes unexpected turns in a way that seems improvised, yet controlled.

9 Mr. Twin Sister: Mr. Twin Sister18249-mr-twin-sister

Mr. Twin Sister made a large leap out in their sophomore album. They sound i more trip hop, more sad dancehall, more freely vacillating, and bolder.

8 Ariel Pink: Pom Pom

20178-pom-pomThis album is an oversized bundle of silly retro honks and gags with a few standout and soft psych-pop singles.

7 St. Vincent: St. Vincent

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St. Vincent is a beautiful David Bowie who makes fun internet rock.

6 Kero Kero Bonito: Intro Bonito

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This album feels like a guilty pleasure. K-pop has been around some time but KKB brings new fun from the other side of the culture-amalgamating かわいい trend.

5 Aphex Twin: Syro

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I’m late to the Aphex Twin fan club, but here I am.

4 Giant Claw: Dark Web

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Catchy dismantled hip hop fragments flow through dark electronic with a spiritual emotion comparable to the master, Daniel Lopatin.

3 Arca Xen

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The debut album from the dark and mysterious Arca who came out of nowhere this year. Beautiful. Dizzying.

2 FKA Twigs: LP1

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FKA became my favorite new artist this year with her hyper-sexy intricate and seemingly vulnerable R&B.

1 Perfume Genius

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Mike Hadreas’ third album brings with it more of his intimate piano ballads, but summoned up out of these familiar tones is a new/ancient, gloomy/glam-rock 2-spirit.

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