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TOP 100 TRACKS OF 2014
Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00
 

 

After another stellar year in music, the only thing left for us to do here is to post our Top 100 Tracks of 2014. After days of pouring over the extensive list of tracks we’ve featured on the site this year and a few we were remiss in not featuring we’ve managed to whittle it down to what we think are the very best to have hit our ears this year.
 
While it’s an eclectic mix it’s as catchy as ever with a range of music genres (hip hop, rap and metal aside) sitting side by side. It sees the abrasive noise of Perfect Pussy rubbing shoulders with the pristine pop of Brett and the ethereal experimentation of Clark trading jams with the heartfelt guitar and voice of Mark Kozelek. A number of artists feature multiple times; there’s three tracks from The War On Drugs, the aforementioned Brett and Total Control and two from Caribou, Parquet Courts, Real Estate, Yumi Zouma and FKA Twigs. While most of these names are well known, we think you’ll be surprised with much of the Top 10, especially if you haven’t checked in much before.
 
This year we have decided to NOT feature any artists or recordings from major labels, even those with long term independent links. We think the majors neither need nor deserve help from sites such as this – hence sadly no St. Vincent (oh Annie, why?).
 
Thanks to all the independent artists we've featured on the site this year and a special thanks to those who have got in touch via e-mail or social media. We can't feature it all but appreciate your endeavours nonetheless. Without you, we are nothing.
 
Thanks to all our regular and random visitors. The fact that you get something out of our endeavours spurs us on to keep doing this. Have a great holiday break and see you all again next February.
 
The 100 is divided into ten sections of ten tracks from 100 to 91 and so on right down to 10 to 1.
 
You'll find every single track in ascending order counting down in our Top 100 Player beginning from number 100. Use the player’s scroll bar to start from any number.
 
 
 
 
To get you started here's the top five with accompanying short notes.

 

5. Era

Fiance (USA)
From the EP, 'EP1', SQE. 

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This Newark four piece have overhauled their sound dramatically during 2014 and this is no better evidenced than on this, their signature single. Era majestically combines elements of the old and new with its sample fronted beginning and end, a huge hook front and centre , all the while immersed in loops and tape hiss creating the most incredibly hazy work of clarity in music this year. A stunning track.

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4. You Can

Tearjerker (CAN)
From the EP, 'Hiding', SQE. 

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A monster of a track. As with Fiance, Toronto trio Tearjerker are another SQE signing and ‘You Can’ is a laconic yet hypnotically disciplined ride with its dominant loop allowing its keyboard and guitar ensconced melody and chant based vocals to shine. You’ll be absolutely transfixed by this slow burn of originality.

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3. Copper Thief

Case Conrad (SWE)
From the album, 'Leikko', Stargazer.

Case Conrad Official Site

This took a little while to reveal it’s true beauty and its immediate simplicity masks its truly great songwriting. The Swedish/Portuguese outfit based themselves in Barcelona for the album that spawned ‘Copper Thief’, a track that sees all five members contribute subtle and complementary elements which exude an effortless complexity and emotional intensity. How can one chord spawn so much around it?

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2. Supermädchen

Black Cab (AUS)
From the album, 'Games Of The XXI Olympiad', Interstate 40/Remote Control.

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This 10 minute opus of electronic domination from Melbourne’s Black Cab went a veritable bees appendage from getting our track of the year. Perfectly encapsulating the theme of its parent album, the synth work is second to none – the arpeggio captures the exertion, its lilting bass the drama and its flourishes the euphoria. You’ll go a long way to find a more meticulously and intelligently produced tour de force than this.

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1. Two Weeks

FKA twigs (ENG)
From the album, 'LP1', Young Turks. 

FKA twigs Official Site

This is electronic pop of the highest calibre and a most deserving recipient of track of the year. From the moment our ears got wind of its glitch laden beats, swirling synth loops and up front, open and defiant lyrics wrought out by mastermind Tahlia Barnett’s emotive vocals, we knew it was going to be hard to beat. Arguably, the best track in an art sense for many a year.
 
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TOP 30 ALBUMS OF 2014
Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00
 

It was a very difficult task choosing our best 30 independently made and released albums of 2014.  A number of damn good records were left out, a number of which we featured as albums of the week throughout the year. However, there were some brilliant long players that were instant candidates as soon as they were released and each record that found its way on here has some very special elements. 

Click on the link for the full detailed list but before you do that check out our list of honourable mentions that just missed the cut. The final Top 5 can be found below that.

Note: Indie30 does not feature hip-hop, rap or metal releases nor major label releases of any kind.

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE COUNTDOWN LIST IN FULL

 

Honourable Mentions (in no particular order)

Fear Of Men (ENG) - Loom (Kanine)
Alvvays (CAN) - Alvvays (Royal Mountain/Polyvinyl/Transgressive)
Todd Terje (NOR) - It's Album Time (Olsen)
Cloud Nothings (USA) - Here And Nowhere Else (Carpark)
Flying Lotus (USA) - You're Dead (Warp)
Makthaverskan (SWE) - II (Luxury/Run For Cover)
Woods (USA) - With Light And With Love (Woodsist)
Melted Toys (USA) - Melted Toys (Underwater Peoples)
White Fence (USA) - For The Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)
Woman's Hour (ENG) - Conversations (Secretly Canadian)
Mac DeMarco (USA) - Salad Days (Captured Tracks)
Mogwai (SCO) - Rave Tapes (Chemikal Underground/Sub Pop)
Bam Spacey (SWE) - 1998 (Ceremony)
Lower (DEN) - Seek Warmer Climes (Matador)
Merchandise (USA) - After The End (4AD)
Jack Ladder And The Dreamlanders (AUS) - Playmates (Self Portrait/Fat Possum)
Cymbals Eat Guitars (USA) - Lose (Barsuk)
The Juan Maclean (USA) - In A Dream (DFA)
Soft Walls (ENG) - No Time (Trouble In Mind)
The Fresh & Onlys (USA) - House Of Spirits (Mexican Summer)
Cymbals (ENG) - The Age Of Fracture (Tough Love)
Be Forest (ITA) - Earthbeat (WWNBB)
Populous (ITA) - Night Safari (Interbang)
SoftSpot (USA) - Mass (Self Released)
The Shilohs (CAN) - The Shilohs (Light Organ)
Pillar Point (USA) - Pillar Point (Polyvinyl)
Yellow Ostrich (USA) - Cosmos (Barsuk)
Tennis (USA) - Ritual In Repeat (Fat Possum)
Amaya Laucirica (AUS) - Sway (Self Released)
A Sunny Day In Glasgow (USA) - Sea When Absent (Lefse)
Clark (ENG) - Clark (Warp)
Sleepmakeswaves (AUS) - Love Of Cartography (Bird's Robe)
SBTRKT (ENG) - Wonder Where We Land (Young Turks)
Samaris (ICE) - Silkidrangar (One Little Indian)
Perfect Pussy (USA) - Say No To Love (Captured Tracks)
Music Go Music (USA) - Impressions (Secretly Canadian)
Meishi Smile (USA) - Lust (Zoom Lens)
Best Friend (USA) - Division (Self Released)
Bored Nothing (AUS) - Some Songs (Spunk)
 

 

5. SUN KIL MOON (USA)

Benji

Caldo Verde

Sun Kil Moon Official Site

Buy here (CD Only - no vinyl release)

 

 

4. ARIEL PINK (USA)

pom pom

4AD

Ariel Pink Facebook

Buy here

 

 

3. BLACK CAB (AUS)

Games Of The XXI Olympiad

Interstate 40

Black Cab Facebook

Buy here

 

 

2. THE WAR ON DRUGS (USA)

Lost In The Dream

Secretly Canadian

The War On Drugs Official Site

Buy here 

 
 
 

1. ICEAGE (DEN)

Plowing Into The Field Of Love

Matador

Iceage Official Site

Buy here

 

 
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ALBUM OF THE YEAR

ICEAGE (DEN)

Plowing Into The Field Of Love

Escho/Matador

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TRACK OF THE YEAR

FKA Twigs (ENG)

Two Weeks

Young Turks

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EP OF THE YEAR

YUMI ZOUMA (NZL)

Yumi Zouma 

Cascine

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2014 POST REVIEW

Nov/Dec
 
 
 
October
 
FKA Twigs - Video Girl (ENG)
Bored Nothing (AUS)
Jet Setter (IRE)
Best Friend (USA)
Ariel Pink (USA)
Sister Crystals (USA)
Lowly (DEN)
Kiasmos (ICE/FAR)
The Aislers Set (USA)
Black Cab (AUS)
Korallreven (SWE)
Grand Courriers - Taking (USA)
 
September
 
Mini Dresses (USA)
The Luxembourg Signal (USA/ENG)
Lydia Ainsworth (CAN)
YAWN (USA)
J. Fernandez (USA)
Client Liaison (AUS)
Sleepmakeswaves (AUS)
Nicholas Nicholas (USA)
Sportsmen (AUS)
Fiance (USA)
 
August
 
Nicholas Krgovich (CAN)
Merchandise (USA)
Peaking Lights (USA)
Caribou (CAN)
Bam Spacey (SWE)
Kim Ki O (TUR)
Slow Magic (USA)
The Bilinda Butchers (USA)
Himlakropp (SWE)
Kamp! (POL) 
 
July
 
Chrome Sparks (USA)
Distant Cousin (USA)
Millionyoung (USA)
Laetitia Sadier (FRA)
The Bilinda Butchers (USA)
Melted Toys (USA)
Space Daze (USA)
 
June
 
Lower (DEN)
Dressmaker (ENG)
Soft Walls (ENG)
Fort Romeaux / Woman's Hour (ENG)
The Bilinda Butchers (USA)
Blood Orange (USA)
Firekites (AUS)
The Death Of Pop (ENG)
Police Des Moeurs / Essaie Pas (CAN)
 
May

Champion Lover (CAN)
The Shilohs (CAN)
Allie X (CAN)
DNKL/Video (SWE)
Nicholas Nicholas (USA)
The Death Of Pop (ENG)

April

PANES (ENG)
Tearjerker (CAN)
Movement (AUS)
Elephant (ENG)
ESC (AUS)
Softspot (USA)
Camilla Sparksss (CAN)
Odonis Odonis (CAN)
Hydrogen Sea (BEL)
Frett (ENG)
Motorama (RUS)

March

Grand Courriers (USA)
Yumi Zouma/Air France (NZL/SWE)
Fear Of Men/Video (ENG)
Future Islands (USA)
Cloud Boat (ENG)
Francobollo (ENG/SWE)
Samaris (ICE)
The War On Drugs (USA)
Ang Low (USA)
Arrange (USA)
Tincture (AUS)
Roladex (USA)
Solitary City (ENG)
Real Estate (USA)
DNKL (SWE)
Protomartyr (USA)

February

Wild Beasts (ENG)
Amaya Laucirica (AUS)
Bart Davenport (USA)
Hockeysmith (ENG)
Farao (NOR)
Yellow Ostrich (USA)
Ricky Eat Acid (USA)
Fear Of Men (ENG)
Stripmall Architecture (USA)
Cymbals (ENG)
Pillar Point (USA)
Kauf (USA)
Be Forest (ITA)
Yumi Zouma (NZL)

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