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Rob Taylor - A Writer's Top 10 Releases of 2014

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Declining sales of CDs, and music industry rhetoric about its imminent death, fail to put a dent on creativity in 2014.

My Top 10 of 2014 includes a few re-issues. There’s been some wonderful advocacy for lost and forgotten artists by the likes of Light In The Attic, the Numero Group, Cherry Red, Strut and other small labels.

 

  1. Scott Walker and Sunn 0))) – Soused (4AD): Scott Walker continues to be relevant. An unlikely collaboration? Walker has, for some time delved deeply into experimental music, and the menacing drone of Sunn 0))) was the perfect accompaniment to Walker’s mini-symphonies of despair.

  2. Bedhead – Bedhead 1992 – 1996 Box-Set (Numero Group): Bedhead, from Dallas, Texas, were masters of quiet/loud dynamics. No other group that I know of, except perhaps Slint, writes music of such subtle beauty, and builds their compositions to such ecstatic white-noise without a hint of over-statement. Beautiful, life affirming stuff. Listen to the track ‘Powder’ off Whatfunlifewas from 1992. Joint re-issue of the Year for me. Pity it was off the Soundblab radar.

  3. Moon Duo – Live in Ravenna (Sacred Bones): No better psych-jam outfit in the world.

  4. Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal (What’s Your Rupture): Cool tunes. Punk attitude. Well written. Well played. No bullshit.

  5. Rowland S Howard – Six Strings That Drew Blood (Liberation): If there’s any justice in the world, then this train wreck of a genius should be known to everyone. Compiles stuff he did with The Birthday Party, These Immortal Souls, Crime and the City Solution, and his solo stuff, including the heartfelt Autoluminescent, which also happens to be the title of the must see documentary of his life. Also contains the duet he did with Lydia Lunch of Lee Hazlewood’s trippy composition, ‘Some Velvet Morning’.

  6. Sun Ra – In the Orbit of Ra (Strut): The highly revered cosmologist at last collected in a form that makes his musical creations comprehensible. Brilliant.

  7. Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers (Modern Love): Like Burial, Stott knows how to make ambient music creepy and more than mere background. Evocative of bad dreams and bleak urban spaces.

  8. C86 Deluxe 3CD Edition (Cherry Red): I’ve raved enough about this one. Sometimes superb, haywire but ultimately inconsistent fuck-up of a compilation which is nonetheless absolutely essential for anyone with an interest in indie-pop.

  9. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – I’m In Your Mind Fuzz (Flightless) (see recent review)

  10. House of Love – Live at the Lexington (Cherry Red): Call me un-hip if you wish, but this is the stuff of great British pop-rock, which pre-dated and dwarfed much of the bullshit Britpop that followed.

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The C86 boxset is a beast of a release. If you want to discover the birth of indie, it's all you need.

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Im loving Faith in Strangers. His previous Luxury Problems is also pretty fantastic.

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That album was essential too. Hope we get a tour down here.

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Yeah, it's a slice of great musical history. I've still got it on rotation.

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Excellent list! Love Rowland, the Autoluminescent is rather great too. Love the Lydia Lunch and Rowland album, Shotgun Wedding. An absolute legend!

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* Autoluminescent documentary

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Should really have had Soused in my Top 10, it's one-hell-of-a-experience!

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I reckon you might like the Bedhead too, if I understand your radar !

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I imagine so yeah. If their in a Slint type vein that's up my street! Anything like Codeine?

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What a fuck-up Howard was, given the amount of talent the guy had, he should have been as popular as Nick Cave, and he played scorching guitar !

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