Marc's Favorite Albums of 2014


Marc's Favorite Albums

2014
A Winged Victory For the Sullen—Atomos

Keaton Henson—Romantic Works (feat. Ren Ford)
Grouper—Ruins
Gem Club—In Roses
The Afghan Whigs—Do to the Beast
S. Carey—Range of Light
The War On Drugs—Lost In the Dream
Porya Hatami—Land 
The Church—Further/Deeper*
William Basinski—A Red Score In Tile (Reissue)
Sun Kil Moon—Benji
Taylor Deupree—Lost and Compiled
Strand of Oaks—Heal
Helios—Moiety
Craft Spells—Nausea 
Hundred Waters—the Moon Rang Like a Bell
Mogwai—Rave Tapes
Aphex Twin—Syro  
This Will Destroy You—Another Language
Small Black—Real People EP
Matthew Ryan—Boxers 
*Released Australia / New Zealand with worldwide release to come

2012
Greg Haines—Digressions
Brambles—Charcoal
Arvo Part—Adam’s Lament
Olafur Arnalds—Another Happy Day (soundtrack)
Johann Johannsson—Copenhagen Dreams (music from the film)
Nils Frahm—Screws
Sigur Ros—Valtari
Strand of Oaks—Dark Shores
Ex Confusion—Embrace
Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
Mirrorring—Foreign Body
JBM—Stray Ashes
Orcas—Orcas
Glissando—The World Without Us
Sun Kil Moon—Among the Leaves
Helios—Moiety
Kathleen Edwards—Voyageur

Simon Scott—Below Sea Level
Taylor Deupree—Faint
Stumbleine—Ghosting
Unrecognizable Now—Two Rooms
Elbow—Dead In the Boot
Spiritualized—Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Pascal Pinon—Twosomeness
Black Elk—Sparks
Bvdub—The First Day
Zelienople—The World Is a House On Fire
Exitmusic—Passage
Mount Eerie—Clear Moon
Errors—Have Some Faith In Action
Burial—Kindred
Kyle Bobby Dunn—Bring Me the Head of Kyle Bobby Dunn

Matthew Ryan—In the Dusk of Everything
Windy & Carl—We Will Always Be
Halls—Ark
Castratii—Eora
Holy Other—Held
Mark Eitzel—Don’t Be a Stranger
Pinkcourtesyphone—Foley Folly Folio
Dark Dark Dark—Who Needs Who


Favorite EP’s of 2012
Mogwai—Les revenants EP
Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm—Stare EP
A Place To Bury Strangers—Onwards to the Wall EP
Johann Johannsson, Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka—Transcendentalism EP
Leitbur—Think of Tomorrow EP
Craft Spells—Gallery EP
Burial—Truant/Rough Sleeper EP


Favorite Singles of 2012
The Afghan Whigs—Love Crimes
Atoms for Peace—Default
Wild Nothing—Nowhere


Favorite Reissue:
William Basinski—Disintegration Loops (Deluxe Box Set)

Marc’s Favorite HipPitchSterFork Albums of 2012
(I know some of these records are trendy but good music is good music and I enjoyed all of these albums on different levels.) 

Moonface With Sinai—Heartbreaking Bravery
Wild Nothing—Nocturne
DIIV—Oshin
Japandroids—Celebration Rock
Chromatics—Kill For Love
Beach House—Bloom
Sleep Party People—We Were Drifting On a Sad Song
Chairlift—Something
Violens—True

Lost In the Trees—A Church That Fits Our Needs
Observer Drift—Corridors
The Soft Moon—Zeros
Lotus Plaza—Spooky Action At a Distance

The xx—Coexist
Cloud Nothings—Attack On Memory
Crystal Castles—(III)
The Raveonettes—Observator
Purity Ring—Shrines
Young Prisms—In Between

Richard Hawley—Standing At the Sky’s Edge
A Place to Bury Strangers—Worship

Honorable mentions
Deftones—Koi No Yokan
Winters Wish—Speaking to the South

2011
1) A Winged Victory for the Sullen-- A Winged Victory for the Sullen
2) Twilight Singers--Dynamite Steps
3) Grouper--A I A : Alien Observer / Dream Loss
4) Peter Broderick--Music for Confluence
5) Dakota Suite & Emanuele Errante--The North Green Down
6) Tim Hecker--Ravedeath, 1972
7) Nils Frahm—Felt
8) Olafur Arnalds--Living Room Songs
9) Bon Iver—Bon Iver
10) (these are my favorite 80's style throwback bands, I went through a phase…)
John Maus--We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Cold Cave--Cherish the Light Years
The Drums—Portamento
Cut Copy—Zonoscope
Craft Spells--Idle Labor

Melted Toys--Washed and Dried EP
Minks--By the Dedge
Teeel—Amulet
11) Johann Johannsson--The Miners Hymns
12) M83--Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
13) Stephen Mathieu--A Static Place
14) Sleepingdog--With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields
15) Exitmusic--From Silence EP
16) Christina Vantzou--No. 1
17) Idaho--You Were a Dick
18) Radiohead--The King of Limbs (live from the basement)
19) Tycho--Dive
20) Sleep ∞ Over--Forever
21) Ben Frost & Daniel Bjarnason--Solaris
22) Matthew Robert Cooper--Miniatures
23) Juliana Barwick--The Magic Place
24) Simon Scott—Bunny
25) Sigur Ros--Inni

26) Girls--Father, Son and Holy Ghost
27) The Field--Looping State of Mind
28) Tim Hecker--Dropped Pianos
29) Deaf Center--Owl Splinters
30) Fabio Orsi--Stand Up Before Me, Oh My Soul
31) Bvdub & Ian Hawgood--The Truth Hurts
32) Motion Sickness of Time Travel--Luminaries and Synastry
33) Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer--In a Place of Such Graceful Shapes
34) The War on Drugs--Slave Ambient
35) Marissa Nadler—Marissa Nadler
36) Mint Julep--Save Your Season
37) Kate Bush--50 Words for Snow
38) Richard Knox & Frédéric D. Oberland—The Rustle of Stars
39) Kurt Vile--Smoke Ring for My Halo
40) Rhian Sheehan--Seven Tales of the North Wind
41) Yuck—Yuck
42) Clams Casino--Rainforest EP
43) Chihei Hatakeyama--Mirror

44) Kyle Bobby Dunn--Ways of Meaning
45) Robert Crouch—An Occupied Space
46) Zola Jesus--Conatus
47) Dustin O'Halloran--Lumiere
48) Fennesz--Seven Stars EP
49) Loscil--Coast/Range/Arc
50) Gotye—Making Mirrors

2010
The National - High Violet
Brian McBride - The Effective Disconnect
Olan Mill - Pine
Greg Haines - Until the Point of Hushed Support
Rafael Anton Irisarri - The North Bend
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Max Richter - Infra
Fabio Orsi - Winterreise
Federico Durand - La siesta del cipre's
Matthew Ryan - Dear Lover (acoustic version)

Chihei Hatakeyama - A Long Journey
Olafur Arnalds - And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness
Marcus Fischer - Monocoastal
Clouwbeck - From Which the River Rises
Johann Johannsson - And In the Endless Pause There Came the Sound of Bees
Murralin Lane - Our House Is On the Wall
Rafael Toral - Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance
Nils Frahm - Unter I Uber
Loscil - Endless Falls
Goldmund - Famous Places
The Sight Below - It All Falls Apart

Pausal - Lapses
Eluvium - Static Nocturne
Nest - Retold

Singles:
Tim Hecker - Apondalifa
Grouper - Hold/Sick
Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks

Blackbird and the Fox - The Twilight Singers
(featuring Ani DiFranco)

Rediscovered:
The Stooges - Funhouse

2009
Last Days--The Safety of the North
William Basinski--Vivian and Ondine
William Basinski--92982
Tim Hecker--An Imaginary Country
Olafur Arnalds--Dyad 1909
Danny Norbury--Light in August
Jonsi and Alex--Riceboy Sleeps
Simon Scott--Navigare
Gregory Alan Isakov--This Empty Northern Hemisphere
Peter Broderick/Machinefabriek--Blank Grey Canvas Sky
Phoenix--Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Taylor Deupree--Weather and Worn
TU M'--Monochromes Vol.1
Clint Mansell--Moon
Heather Woods Broderick--From the Ground
the Sight Below--Glider
Matthew Ryan--Dear Lover
Rhian Sheehan--Standing In Silence
Hildur Gudnadottir--Without Sinking
Pillow Diver--Sleeping Pills
the Church--Untitled #23
Pan American--White Bird Release
Sparklehorse/Fennesz--In the Fishtank 15
White Lies--To Lose My Life
Kevin Drumm--Imperial Horizon
Greg Kowalsky--Tape Chants

the Raveonettes--In and Out of Control
Mark Kozelek--Lost Verses Live
Elegi--Varde

Pop Ambient--2009

2008
Fordlandia by Johann Johannsson
Variations of Static—Olafur Arnalds
Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill—Grouper
Matthew Ryan vs. the Silver State—Matthew Ryan
Float—Peter Broderick
Black Sea—Fennesz
Bersarin Quartett—Bersarin Quartet
May—Taylor Deupree & Kenneth Kirschner
Caesura—Helios
Marking Time—Richard Skelton
Treny—Jacaszek
April—Sun Kil Moon

Songs for the Brokenhearted—Windy & Carl
Saturdays=Youth—M83
Ocean fire—Christopher Willits & Ryuichi Sakamoto
Dauw—Machinefabriek
In Ghost Colours—Cut Copy
9.22.2007[2-3pm]—Concert Silence
Med sus i eyrum vid silum endalaust—Sigur Ros
Colorloss Road—Belong

2006
Jeremy Enigk--World Waits
Helios--Eingya
Tim Hecker--Harmony in Ultraviolet
Idaho--the Lone Gunman
Clint Mansell (featuring the Kronos Quartet and Mogwai)--the Fountain Soundtrack
Eluvium--When I Live By the Garden and the Sea
Richard Butler--Richard Butler
Belong--October Language

Max Richter--Songs From Before
Robin Guthrie--Waiting For Dawn and Everlasting EP (tie)
South--Adventures in the Underground Journey to the Stars
Manual--Bajamar
William Basinski--Variations for Piano and Tape
the Church--Uninvited Like the Clouds
Arvo Part--Da Pacem

Chris Herbert--Mezzotint
Mew--And the Glass Handed Kites
Mogwai--Zidane (soundtrack)
White Rainbow--Box
Greg Kowalsky--Through the Cardinal Window
TV on the Radio--Return to Cookie Mountain

Boards of Canada--Trans Canada Highway
Mark Kozelek--Little Drummer Boy
Twilight Singers--Powder Burns
Album Leaf--Into the Blue Again
Guster--Ganging Up on the Sun

Connectivity--Mahogany
Sonic Youth--Rather Ripped
Growing--Color Wheel
the Roots--Game Theory (love the song, "In the Music")

honorable mentions:
Editors--the Back Room
Muse--Black Holes and Revelations
Gregor Samsa--55:12
Thom Yorke--the Eraser
Yo La Tengo--I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Laura--Radio Swan is Down AND Jakob--Solace (it's a tie)

Also:
How Shadows Chase the Balance—Boduf Songs
Fantasma Parastasie—Aidan Baker & Tim Hecker
River Arms—Balmorhea
Black Sleep—Jasper TX

Kiri No Oto—Lawrence English
Personal poetic theme (poem) of 2008:
Evening Song by Georg Trakl