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

A Classic Christmas

Zooey Deschanel doesn’t need another reason for us all to find her totes charming, but it must just come that easy to her.

Backed up by indie guitar maestro M. Ward, Zooey is set to sing her way into our hearts all over again in December with her fifth record as one half of She & Him. On December 1st, the duo’s new studio album is set to provide some respite from The X Factor and Crimbo #1 hopefuls thanks to Deschanel and Ward choosing to cover proven classics and deliver them under the catchy title, erm, ‘Classics’.

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A cynic could choose to term this musical move as lazy, but Zooey’s voice has always worked wonders with a golden oldie and the duo’s own originals have perfectly captured a sense of neo-nostalgia, thanks to various retro influences they will readily admit.

The tracklist is as follows:

1. Stars Fell On Alabama
2. Oh No, Not My Baby
3. It’s Not For Me To Say
4. Stay Awhile
5. This Girl’s In Love With You
6. Time After Time
7. She
8. Teach Me Tonight
9. It’s Always You
10. Unchained Melody (feat. the Chapin Sisters)
11. I’ll Never Be Free
12. Would You Like To Take a Walk?
13. We’ll Meet Again

Although we’re all overly familiar with a few of the above, I have faith that they will offer a credible spin on these songs. A recent US performance of ‘Time After Time’ (see below) supports this, so it looks like previous covers album ‘A Very She & Him Christmas’ may get fewer plays this Christmas season…