The first half of 2014 has passed, leaving behind wonderful music throughout the various genres covered by Noisefull. Our music writers of rock, metal and alternative music voted secretly -everyone in their field- and the results, without any modification, are presented on the site, separated in three corresponding list articles.
Ladies and gentlemen, these are the ten music records of the alternative scene that came out in the first half of 2014 and demand your immediate attention. The first place is held by the favorite album of the alternative team of Noisefull.
10. La Dispute - Rooms Of The House
I would like to write a separate four page long article to analyze the whole story, the themes and the symbolism... On the other hand, I truly believe something like that would spoil most of the magic this album has to offer. Besides, everything is there for the listener to find their own beautiful meaning, to reevaluate some things, to get deeper in the concepts of "relationship" and "doom" and to properly love La Dispute, as they should.
Check out the music video for "Extraordinary Dinner Party"
9. Wovenhand - Refractory Obdurate
Drawn by some childhood orphic awe, we sense the exaltation of the soul led by the biblical teachings. Biblical teachings, not only appropriately selected by Edwards to convey his desired atmosphere and his personal feelings, but also perfectly uttered. In this case, darker and heavier than ever.
Check out the video clip of "The Refractory"
8. Revival Hymns - Pauhu
Amid the hailstorm of the blog-o-sphere, five young lovers of indie and lo-fi atmospheres from Finland released an album that brings back the feeling that, much like the Holy Grail, is long lost for the majority of today's post-rock bands.
Check out the music video for "Rive Droite"
7. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
A brilliant album, undoubtedly. Euphoria comes prima facie; mind sharpening comes upon digging more into it. Perhaps, at the moment, Annie Clark is the most important chapter of the popular female community, as far as "rock" sound is concerned and its ethereal artistic ramifications.
Check out the music video for "Digital Witness"
6. Temples - Sun Structures
"Sun Structures" is the brainchild of "Eleanor Rigby", and upon a second look of the "Revolver" album en bloc. What are the elements we have just loved in Temples? It's their Briticism, their psychedelic, beautiful, memorable melodies and the amalgamation of insouciance with nostalgia...
Check out the music video for "Mesmerise"
5. Manchester Orchestra - Cope
How shall I name this one? An indie crossover? Someone somewhere described it as sludge and people pointed their finger at him and laughed. It doesn't really matter, as long as you got the discreet hint that this is a band making seriously interesting music.
Check out the music video for "Top Notch"
4. Swans - To Be Kind
The force of nature through notes! A perfect combination of noise and rock sounds. Fantastic compositions which are elevated by the enchanting orchestration. The monumental "Bring The Sun / Toussaint L' Ouverture" lasting 34 minutes eliminates any suspicion that any other band could be more progressive than Swans.
Check out the music video for "To Be Kind"
3. Jack White - Lazaretto
With his second personal album, Jack White accomplishes to unfold and reconstruct the entire musical heritage of the USA, utilizing different sounds and instruments (guitars, piano, violin) and, thus, creating an album that is both timeless and modern. Whether "Lazaretto" is superior to "Blunderbuss" is something only time can tell...
Check out the music video for "High Ball Stepper"
2. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
It is not of great importance how we describe their music. Call it indie rock, americana, shoegaze or anything you wish. The fact is that it has a lot in common with the ‘80s, mainly due to the album production. This time, though, it is somewhat easier to distinguish some songs through the misty atmosphere of Adam's lyrical confessions.
Check out the music video for "Red Eyes"
1. The Black Keys - Turn Blue
Let's go over it once again; Creating catchy music without sounding corny or being an obvious rehash of older ideas is quite tricky. The Black Keys follow the signs of our times, become more commercial than ever and, thanks to them, there are some oases to be found in the deserts of mainstream music that we all willy-nilly wander sometimes. "Turn Blue" is vernal. It's mostly moody rather than blues...
Watch the video for "Turn Blue"
Editorship: Manos Paterakis
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