Brandon’s Top Albums of 2014


10. St. Vincent – St. Vincent 

St Vincent

Drawing from her work with David Byrne, Annie Clark combines social analysis with complex and almost alien sounding music.

9. The War on Drugs Lost In The Dream

War on Drugs

While the band has kept the model of classic rock injected with contemporary sounds, they have matured lyrically.

8. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

Mac Demarco

The warped singer-songwriter offers up what has become his signature easygoing guitar lines and adds in hazy synths for good measure.

7. Run the Jewels – Run The Jewels 2

Run the Jewels

The chemistry between the duo of El-P and Killer Mike strengthens as they deliver this grimmer and more striking sequel.

6. Ben Frost – A U R O R A

Ben Frost

A product of globalization, this well-connected artist creates a bleak minimalist album.

5. tUnE-yArDS – Nikki Nack

Tune Yards

Tribal rhythms, intricate vocal melodies and composed bass lines combine in a stirring way.

4. Theo Croker – AfroPhysicist 

Theo Croker

The album is an energetic painting depicted using a palette that draws from a wide variety of different jazz approaches.

3. Flying Lotus  – You’re Dead!

Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus offers an album that contemplates mortality and advances electronica, jazz and hip-hop with the help of an outstanding guest roster.

2. Fucked Up – Glass Boys

F Up

This record propels hardcore punk to an uncharted arena rock level as well as has a postmodern and introspective lyrical theme.

1. Thee Silver Mt. Zion – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything 

Mt Zion

The band’s mix of classical and rock arrives at its finest hour all while dwelling on family and parenthood.



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