A quick recap of the list and the honourable mentions as well as the songs that are off of the evil Spotify’s database. (Apologies to those warring with Spotify but it is a pretty solid way to organise one’s music… get a beer into you.)
(discluding Chance the Rapper – Wonder Every Day @ 101; Miguel – Simplethings @ 99; Chance the Rapper – No Better Blues @ 76; Hopium – Cut @ 74; Taylor Swift – Shake it Off @ 58 & Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers @ 54)
(discluding Ty Segall – Stick Around @ 105)
Top 25 albums in 2014
No. 1: How To Dress Well – ‘What is This Heart?’
Listen to when: Your heart has been frustrated by love.
Key tracks: Words I Don’t Remember; Repeat Pleasure; Cyril Pour
- War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
Listen to when: You are searching for some Born to Run/Darkness on the Edge of Town nostalgia.
Key tracks: Under The Pressure; Red Eyes; An Ocean in Between The Waves
- Caribou – Our Love
Listen to when: You’re wearing a fucking good pair of headphones.
Key tracks: Can’t Do Without You; Sliver; All I Ever Need
- D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah
Listen to when: You want to impress your well-read, well-versed music-loving friends
Key tracks: The Charade; Sugah Daddy; Really Love
- Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
Listen to when: You want to listen to an album tell a story… and still come out of it unsure of what it was actually trying to say.
Key tracks: Never Catch Me; Coronus, The Terminator; Turkey Dog Coma
- Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
Listen to when: You want to bob your head around to songs written by an awkward twenty-something for awkward twenty-somethings.
Key tracks: Luna; Whenever, Wherever; It’s Alright Now
- FKA Twigs – LP1
Listen to when: You catch eyes with a beautiful stranger and you require insight into the future.
Key tracks: Two Weeks; Pendulum; Closer
- Sun Kil Moon – Benji
Listen to when: You’re on a long drive through the countryside in Autumn.
Key tracks: Ben’s My Friend, I Can’t Live Without My Mother’s Love, Carissa
- Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Listen to when: You’re completely isolated and you just need some time to think.
Key tracks: The Greatest Bastard, Colour Me In, My Favourite Faded Fantasy
- Phantogram – Voices
Listen to when: You’re shirtless, hula-hoop in hand with a bunch of spaced-out pals who all have no idea what they want to do with their lives.
Key tracks: Fall in Love; Bill Murray; The Day You Died
- Owen Pallett – In Conflict
Listen to when: You want to look deeply into someone else’s soul without caring if they are looking straight back at you.
Key tracks: In Chorale; I Am Not Afraid; Song for Five and Six
- Sbtrkt – Wonder Where We Land
Listen to when: You are willing to be abducted by aliens in order to experience some moments of genius.
Key tracks: NEW DORP, NEW YORK; Maybe; Problem (Solved)
- Andy Bull – Sea of Approval
Listen to when: You’re ready to burst out of your cocoon.
Key tracks: Baby I Am Nobody Now; Talk Too Much; Nothing is Wrong
- Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
Listen to when: You’re walking foreign streets for the first time.
Key tracks: Pretty Girls; Klapp Klapp; Paris
- St. Vincent – St Vincent
Listen to when: You know you’re too attached to something but you just can’t give up on it… so you just masturbate or something like that.
Key tracks: Birth in Reverse; Digital Witness; Prince Johnny
- Jessie Ware – Tough Love
Listen to when: You unashamedly want to listen to a damn good album about love.
Key tracks: Say You Love Me; Kind of… Sometimes… Maybe; Tough Love
- Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels II
Listen to when: You’re ready to lay claim to your empire… be it your culture, your company or your own self.
Key tracks: Oh My Darling, Don’t Cry; All Due Respect; Close Your Eyes
- Andras & Oscar – Café Romantica
Listen to when: You’re Twirling, Twirling, TWIRLING toward freedom… and sipping on an excellent latte with halfa sugar.
Key tracks: Everytime I Go; Looking Back; Rules of Love
- Perfume Genius – Too Bright
Listen to when: You start to realise there are only a few people you give a shit about… the rest of them can take their judgmental eyes and choke on their own Ds.
Key tracks: Queen; Grid; No Good
- alt-J – This is All Yours
Listen to when: You stop caring about all this tripe about ‘The Next Radiohead’ and want to acknowledge the quality of an extremely solid 2nd album.
Key tracks: Nara; Hunger of The Pine; Left Hand Free
- Sticky Fingers – Land of Pleasure
Listen to when: You stink like rancid cigarettes, you’ve lost your friends you’re fuck-eyed but you’re with a bunch of people who are willing to accept a lost soul.
Key tracks: Gold Snafu; Dreamland; Feast Your Eyes.
- Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
Listen to when: Your mind is feeling flexible and ready to turn a little bit super-saiyan.
Key tracks: Put Your Number in My Phone; Sexual Athletics; Not Enough Violence
- Lykke Li – I Never Learn
Listen to when: You’re not so angry with Lykke for pulling the pin on her visit to Australia…
Key tracks: No Rest For the Wicked; Silver Line; Gunshot
- Chet Faker – Built on Glass
Listen to when: You’re keen on listening to a bedroom producer-cum-electronic soul maestro… and you’re roller-skating… or doing something wacky.
Key tracks: Talk is Cheap; Cigarettes and Loneliness; 1998
- Real Estate – Atlas
Listen to when: You’re six beers down, you’re at the beach and there’s a group of pretty girls who are kind of looking at you, kinda looking out to sea. Who knows?
Key tracks: Talking Backwards; Crime; Had to Hear
Thank you to all who took the time to read, discuss and share these lists. As per usual it was plenty of fun! Happy 2015!