Favourite Records of the Year. Selected by: The Tidal Sleep

von am 7. Dezember 2014 in Adventskalender 2014

Favourite Records of the Year. Selected by: The Tidal Sleep

First and foremost, The Tidal Sleep made their homework in contemporary US-hardcore; though ‚Vorstellungskraft‚ foreshadowed some of the things ‚Keep You‚ succeeded in months later, but without the same radical break with their own past. On their second album, the Mannheim/Karlsruhe/Leipzig/Munich/Berlin five-piece cuts of the corners between the pressure of their emotional hardcore and the loftiness of their beautiful post rock as impressing as they do it intense. And most probably it didn’t happen like this, but we like the thought: Pianos Become the Teeth listened to the 36 minutes of this record and realized, that they have to change up their game urgently – because no other hardcore band in 2014 managed to converge elegiac beauty with no-holds-barred brutality.

Matthias:
At first I thought – Albums of the year 2014, that can’t be done. But the more I thought about it, the more came to mind that this year had some remarkable records. But see for yourself:

Elbow – ‚The Take Off and Landing of Everything
The gents deliver – and I expected none less – a true fireworks display. Everything works. Hot Rotation 2014.
Pianos Become The TeethKeep You
It’s always critical whenever bands „invent themselves anew“. But this worked very well. The album grows with each listen. Everything is much more intense than the previous ones. Incredibly intense. The most pleasant surprise in 2014.
[http://www.muzu.tv/pianos-become-the-teeth/repine-performance-music-video/2323862/]

Ryan Adams – ‚Ryan Adams
An artist you kind of lost out of sight for the last years, and who delivers such a good album is always a pleasant affair.Rediscovery 2014.
Goodtime Boys – ‚Rain
Great guys, great record, great 2014.
Tycho – ‚Awake
Whoever like instrumental music can’t get past this. I’m thrilled seing them live – someday. Just beautiful 2014.

Thomas:
Sadly 2014 was a year I listened to very few sublime/surprising records.But here are three of my favourites:

1. Behemoth – ‚The Satanist
Good Songs (!), not just riffs. Technically perfect of course. And the whole Satan-schtik is very entertaining.

2. Run the Jewels – ‚Run the Jewels 2
El-P (in my opinion one of the best Hip Hop producers and rappers) and Killer Mike, who always says the right things regarding important topics – big mouth, big beats! Lovin‘ it!

3. Beach Slang – ‚Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street‚
A great combination of 90s emo and the Replacements. Count me in, that’s my thing!

Marc:

1. High Water – ‚High Water
The other band by the bass player of Ghostlimb. Sounds a lot like Bob Mould to me, so Hüsker Dü meets Sugar.
2. Goodtime Boys – ‚Rain
We know each other and are close friends. The lyrics mean a lot to me, because I know Penny, and the music is just great!

3. Everybody Row – ‚The Sea Inside
The new band by Jack and Stevens (Comrade). Bikini Kill meets Toim Waits and soul.

4. Future Island – ‚Singles
A great band, especially live. You got to see them.

5. The Common Linnets – ‚The Common Linnets
Pretty great record. Runs on tour a lot this year.

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