Albums of 2014

So, if you’re anything like me, you will have asked Santa to bring you lots of CDs (or iTunes vouchers, you modern maniac) in order to catch up on the year’s best music. Despite trying my hardest, there are a fair few critically lauded long-players that have managed to slip me by, so come Boxing Day I’ll be playing catch-up living inside my Sennheisers.

With just over a week to go until the big day, there’s time to get your orders in if you too are looking for some much-needed new music. In need of inspiration? Here’s one Geek’s choice playlist for the year, covering everything from skewed indie rock (alt-J, Jack White), sumptuous songwriters (Perfume Genius, Tori Amos, Owen Pallett) and lovely ladies (Lana, Lykke and Jenny Lewis).

There’s something here for everyone, and all of it is pretty damn awesome. Happy listening!

2014 music

Boy Genius

Prior to his recent Birmingham live show (which I reviewed earlier this week here), I had the chance to sit down with Perfume Genius aka Mike Hadreas and chat about new album ‘Too Bright’, loud and scary songs, and crying to Cat Power. Among other things, of course.

Check out what he had to say by checking out the interview and then, if you haven’t already youcrazyfool, immediately go out to the nearest record store and buy all his albums. Okay? Good.

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Perfect Perfume

It’s that time of year where chin-stroking muso list-makers compile their top albums of the year, and Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius has a lot to be happy about. His third effort ‘Too Bright’ has become something of a minor hit beyond the indie blogs and core fanbase his first two brilliant albums attracted, garnering five-star ratings all over the shop and ensuring a high spot on many of this year’s ‘best of’ lists.

However good the album is though, the perfect way to experience Hadreas’s music is in a live setting. I caught PG at his recent Birmingham gig and, after a four year wait to catch him live, was not disappointed; stark, stirring and something to behold, Hadreas and band combined stark emotional piano ballads with the new hard edges of rock and electronica that mark ‘Too Bright’. In a word? Genius.

Read my review (and keep in mind my interview with the Genius himself, Mike Hadreas, is coming soon) and then glam it up to the anthemic ‘Queen’ by pressing ‘play’ below.