tirsdag den 30. december 2014

TOP 10 ALBUMS 2014


10. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
(30 point)

St. Vincent continues Clark's run as one of the past decade's most distinct and innovative guitarists, though she's never one to showboat. Her harmonic-filled style bears the influence of jazz (she picked up a lot of her signature tricks from her uncle, the jazz guitarist Tuck Andress) and prog rock, two genres known to embrace sprawl. But Clark's freak-outs are tidy, modular and architecturally compact—like King Crimson rewritten by Le Corbusier.

9. Fossils - Flesh Hammer
(31 point, 1 førsteplads)

Flesh Hammer er et kærkomment los i løgene, når man tænker på hvor mange middelmådige metervarer og tomme kalorier, der florerer ude i æteren, og de fleste ville nok have godt af at få renset ud i øregangene af nærværende kødhammer.

8. Caribou - Our Love
(32 point)

Our Love certainly is not an upending of an avant garde, nor is it immediate/in your face pop punching through stalled structures, instead it's a quietly pondering, still expressive voice in the head.

7. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
(35 point)

John Congleton produced Burn Your Fire for No Witness, a record full of songs that took shape in Asheville, N.C., last summer. Olsen is working with a new band, including Josh Jaeger on drums and bass player Stewart Bronaugh. With Congleton's help, the trio found ways to make these songs calm and combustible. I've been living with this music for a few months, and it's become my friend, my comfort; it shakes me, saddens me and lifts me.

6. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
(42 point)

DeMarco is hardly the first artist in recent years to bear the mark of an infatuation with My Bloody Valentine, but rather than going for straightforward distortion-laden pastiche, he applies their pitch-bending sound to music that sounds nothing like them: the country-rock meander of Goodbye Weekend, the synthpop of Chamber of Reflection. The result is deeply odd, where most music influenced by My Bloody Valentine is deeply predictable. It sounds warped in the old-fashioned, album-left-out-in-the-sun sense: both are charming songs, but the music keeps slipping queasily out of focus.

5. Future Islands - Singles
(45 point)

Pick any song, like the achingly pretty "Seasons (Waiting on You)" or the understated "Light House" or the after-hours Roxy Music-inspired "Like the Moon," and it'll be the kind of song that will stop people in their tracks in a crowded bar, the kind that you play over and over when you run across it streaming on a website, the kind that you tell all your friends about. A whole album of songs like that feels like a dream come true. It's real, though, and the vocals, the songs, the music, and the production work together to make Singles a one-of-a-kind experience that's nearly perfect.

4. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
(48 point)

In this way, Lost in the Dream is the War on Drugs' Daydream Nation or Disintegration; lengthy distillations of similar themes result in wildly different threads of song, all connecting again in the end. It's a near flawless collection of dreamy vibes, shifting moods, and movement, and stands easily as Granduciel's finest hour so far.

3. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
(49 point, 1 førsteplads)

Are We There, en af de der langsomme plader, der kræver lytterens fulde opmærksomhed, ellers kan det sgu være lige meget. Det her er soul som i et blik lige ind i en anden persons sjæl. Det er både foruroligende og vederkvægende, og det bliver bedre og bedre for hver gennemspilning. Nå ja, og så er den også virkelig flot produceret.

2. Conor Oberst - Upside Down Mountain
(52 point)

There’s been small hints of criticism floating around reviews of the record, suggesting that Conor Oberst was at his best back when he seemed urgent, when he seemed heartbroken. To believe that is to completely lack understanding of change and development. If Oberst was still yelping into microphones about how his ex-girlfriend gave him a lock of her hair and that meant they’d never break up and now she’s banging some dude and he’s really sad, Oberst would not be a good musician. To continue to entertain your fans and to continue to entertain yourself, a musician needs to believe in the music they’re playing. Upside Down Mountain is the perfect album to come from a recently married musician who has been in the industry for 20 years and has played a role in the creation of hundreds of songs. Maybe, finally, it’s time we give Oberst the credit he’s always deserved. Upside Down Mountain is all a fan could have asked for.

1. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
(87 point, 2 førstepladser)

If you spend enough time with the new Sun Kil Moon album Benji, there is every chance that you will end up crying sooner or later. The first time I misted up to the album, it was during a relatively innocuous moment. “I Love My Dad” is one of the jauntier songs on an album full of haunted, death-obsessed songs, but it’s still the one that did it to me. And it did it to me because of the moment where Mark Kozelek (the man who is Sun Kil Moon; it’s not a band) sings, “When I was five, I came home crying from kindergarten cause they sat me next to an albino / My dad said, ’Son, everyone’s different, you gotta love ’em all equally’ / He said, ’You gotta love all people — pink, red, black, or brown’ / Then just after dinner, he played me the album They Only Come Out At Night by Edgar Winter.” I heard that album a few times before it occurred to me that Winter, the ’70s rock shredder, was albino, and that playing the album was Kozelek’s dad’s clumsy attempt to demonstrate that all people have worth. I cried because this is such a deeply human, fumbling, potentially embarrassing attempt to show your kid a massively important truth. I cried because I’m the same way; if either of my kids ever does the same thing, I’ll probably play them the album Shadows On The Sun by Brother Ali. I also cried because Kozelek sings elsewhere in the song that his father would beat the shit out of him when he was a kid but that the two of them have made peace with it over the years. Benji is full of complicated moments like that: Scenes where tragedy and dumb, inhospitable human behavior and familial love and childhood memory all intersect. It’s an impossibly rich and beautifully written album that drips with loss and regret and love. And after listening to it constantly for a month or two, I feel like I’m only beginning to appreciate it.

9 kommentarer:

YOLO! sagde ...

Konge liste og konge arbejde :)

Marc sagde ...

Stort tillykke til Mart Kotelet med denne prestigefyldte sejr! Og pissedejligt arbejde fra vores allesammens Kernbaby <3

Lasse Laks sagde ...

Yes! Kern er forbundshovedstaden i Ævletown. Grrrrrrrt.

Victor Owie sagde ...

kald det KERNlighed, og KERNalisér den lige hvorhen du vil, gerne på min radio-KERNal

5'9 sagde ...

Ja Ja, super liste, men hvor er chri55y? :'-(

it's ok to cry

Du go m list niels :)

niels ung sagde ...

Tusind tak, hvor er i bare søde :)

niels ung sagde ...

Tusind tak, hvor er i bare søde :)

niels ung sagde ...

Tusind tak, hvor er i bare søde :)

niels ung sagde ...

booom, triplepost! #rigtigemændfårtvillinglol