So it begins. You know the drill by now. These albums are all fantastic in their own right. For whatever reason, they fell just short of making the final cut. No shame in that, though. These albums will no doubt continue to be on rotation in the coming years. My honourable mention list for the year 2014, as follows:
Artist: Hamilton Leithauser
Album: Black Hours
Label: Ribbon Music
Favourite Tracks: The Silent Orchestra, Alexandra, Bless Your Heart.
Album: The Future's Void
Label: Matador Records
Favourite Tracks: 3Jane, Neuromancer, Dead Celebrity.
Artist: Have A Nice Life
Album: The Unnatural World
Label: Enemies List Home Recordings
Favourite Tracks: Guggenheim Wax Museum, Cropsey, Unholy Life
Album: Dude Incredible
Label: Touch & Go
Favourite Tracks: Dude Incredible, Compliant, You Came In Me, All the Surveyors.
Album: End Times Undone
Favourite Tracks: Like Rain, Christopher Columbus, Some Things You Don't Get Back.
Label: Drag City
Favourite Tracks: Manipulator, The Faker, The Hand, The Crawler.
Label: Mexican Summer
Favourite Tracks: I Was Born in an Ashram, Philadelphia Raga, Scientology Airplane Conversations.
Favourite Tracks: Press, Sway, Feel.
Label: Arts & Crafts
Favourite Tracks: Good Sex, It's Cool, Bullshit Ballad.
Album: Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Know
Label: Fat Cat Records
Favourite Tracks: It Never Was the Same, Drown So I Can Watch, Sometimes I Wished I Could Fall Asleep.
Album: As the Stars
Label: Northern Silence
Favourite Tracks: Like Falling Leaves, The Autumn Light, Ad Infinitum.
Label: Temporary Residence
Favourite Tracks: Flood Poems, Entity, Recipient.
Album: Someday, the Moon Will Be Gold
Label: Parliament of Trees
Favourite Tracks: The Living and the Dead, The Moon is Gold, In the Morning Light.
Album: World Peace is None of Your Business
Label: Harvest Records
Favourite Tracks: World Peace is None of Your Business, Staircase at the University, Smiler with Knife.
Album: Beauty & Rain
Favourite Tracks: Little Glass Pill, I Don't Know You Anymore, The War.
Album: We Are Catchers
Favourite Tracks: Waters Edge, A Thousand Steps, When We Are.
Favourite Tracks: Clearing, Lighthouse, Holding.
Album: The Hum
Favourite Tracks: On Leaving, Off Screen, Retreat.
Album: Midnight Passenger