2014 marks an experiment in unranked lists (read: I got lazy). Enjoy, in no particular order, my favorite records of 2014.

Future Islands

Singles

Listen: Spirit

 

Rodrigo Amarante

Cavalo

Listen: Hourglass

 

Hundred Waters

Murmurs

Listen: The Moon Rang Like a Bell

 

Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso

Listen: Wolf

 

S. Carey

Range of Light

Listen: Glass/Film

 

Illum Sphere

Ghosts of Then and Now

Listen: Liquesce

 

Caribou

Our Love

Listen: Can’t Do Without You

 

Aphex Twin

Syro

Listen: minipops 67 [120.2]

 

Röyksopp & Robyn

Do It Again

Listen: Do It Again

 

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels 2

Listen: Lie, Cheat, Steal

 

Kishi Bashi

Lighght

Listen: Philosophize in It! Chemicalize with It!

 

tUnE-yArDs

nikki nack

Listen: Water Fountain

 

The Family Crest

Beneath the Brine

Listen: The World

 

The War on Drugs

Lost in the Dream

Listen: Red Eyes

 

Angel Olsen

Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Listen: Forgiven/Forgotten

 

Alvvays

Alvvays

Listen: Archie, Marry Me

 

Damien Jurado

Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun

Listen: Silver Timothy

 

Allah-Las

Worship the Sun

Listen: Had It All

 

Quilt

Held In Splendor

Listen: Tie Up the Tides

 

Slow Club

Complete Surrender

Listen: Tears of Joy

 

Arto Lindsay

Encyclopedia of Arto

Listen: Simply Are

 

Hurray for the Riff Raff

Small Town Heroes

Listen: No One Else

 

William Tyler

Lost Colony

Listen: We Can’t Go Home Again

 

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Lose

Listen: Warning

 

Dum Dum Girls

Too True

Listen: Rimbaud Eyes

 

Torn Hawk

Through Force of Will

Listen: I Am Returning

 

Walter Martin

We’re All Young Together

Listen: Sing to Me

 

Mimicking Birds

Eons

Listen: Bloodlines

 

Kevin Morby

Still Life With Rejects From the Land of Misfit Toys

Listen: The Ballad of Arlo Jones

 

Dawn Golden

Still Life

Listen: I Won’t Bend