2014 was definitely a revival of music in my eyes. You had bands making comebacks to bands giving tearful goodbyes. There’s SO much music out there and so much to choose from, it’s like a music lovers dream. Here’s some of the albums that stood out to me overall.
Hundred Waters is another band that caught me off guard. OWSLA is a label mostly known for it’s electronic acts, so for a moody, ethereal band to be signed to that label had to be worth checking out. The Moon Rang Like A Bell is haunting, but also beautiful in its delivery. If you haven’t seen them live, get a ticket on their 2015 tour.
It was a rebirth of Spencer Chamberlain in general. Fresh off the disbanding of Underoath, Chamberlain found his own voice in Sleepwave. Songs like “The Wolf” and “Through The Looking Glass” show that Chamberlain was looking to extend farther into the bands he looked up to – Nine Inch Nails and Nirvana to name a couple.
Just a downright rocker of a record. I actually had the pleasure of seeing Royal Blood live and play their whole self titled in concert. I have to say, that this stripped down, dirty, and gritty album is what pure rock needed. To think that this is only two people is pretty crazy.
Rap needed a kick in the arse. El-P and Killer Mike not only showed lyrical dominance on RTJ2 – they interjected refreshing production and consciousness on many subjects like poverty and police. I wanted to hear a rap album that was really going to mean something and RTJ2 gave that to me.
I have honestly have not heard an album from a new artist that has sounded so sure and confident. It’s being played on my iPod right now as I type this. There’s a congruent theme throughout White Noise with fire, whether building you up or burning you down. It’s very honest. PVRIS can switch from electronic rock to alternative rock on a drop of a dime and it all seems very natural.
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