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

Bright Stars

Dark nights are drawing in, which means the Stars will be shining brighter for longer…

no one is lost

The new record from Canadian indie-pop band Stars, ‘No One is Lost’, is set to drop in the UK this November. Two years on from their sixth record ‘The North’ – and a decade on from their seminal, swoonsome ‘Set Yourself on Fire’ – the band’s return is a welcome one for fans of their unabashedly romantic, emo-eloquent heartsongs.

Having caught them live in a quarter-full room in Wolverhampton, December 2012, I think it’s pretty safe to say that their star isn’t blazing bright in the UK unlike fellow Canadian art-rockers Arcade Fire, with only clued-in indie fans having sought out the band’s music. However, first single ‘From the Night’ is the band on fine form and will hopefully support my recommendation in encouraging music fans (think Metric covering The Smiths if that helps) in seeking out these bright bright Stars.