• UO Music: Best Albums of 2014

    It's that time of year again! Time to dive into our top albums of 2014. Read on for our favorite albums of the year, and make sure to stay tuned for interviews from some of the the top musicians on our countdown! We can't wait to see what 2015 is going to bring us.

    50. Sun Kil Moon Benji (Caldo Verde)
    49. Joyce Manor Never Hungover Again (Epitaph)
    48. Alex G DSU (Orchid Tapes)
    47. Dum Dum Girls Too True (Sub Pop)
    46. Tennis Ritual in Repeat (Communion)
    45. Le1f Hey (XL)
    44. Jenny Lewis The Voyager (Warner Bros.)
    43. The Juan Maclean In A Dream (DFA)
    41. Mr. Twin Sister Mr. Twin Sister (Infinite Best)
    40. Ty Segall Manipulator (Drag City)
    39. Goat Commune (Sub Pop)
    38. Ought More Than Any Other Day (Constellation)
    37. Mark McGuire Along the Way (Dead Oceans)
    36. Peter Matthew Bauer Liberation! (Mexican Summer)

    35. Lone Reality Testing (R&S)
    34. Owen Pallet In Conflict (Domino)
    33. Tune Yards Nikki Nack (4AD)
    32. Brian Eno / Karl Hyde Hugh Life (Warp)
    31. Kevin Morby Still Life (Woodsist)
    30. Liars Mess (Mute)
    29. Bing & Ruth Tomorrow Was the Golden Age (RVNG)
    28. A Sunny Day in Glasgow Sea When Absent (Lefse)
    27. Nguzunguzu The Perfect Lullaby Vol. 2 (Self Released)
    26. Todd Terje It's Album Time (Olsen)
    25. Ex Hex Rips (Merge)
    24. White Lung Deep Fantasy (Domino)
    23. Mac DeMarco Salad Days (Captured Tracks)
    22. Strand Of Oaks HEAL (Dead Oceans)
    21. DJ Dodger Stadium Friend of Mine (Body High)

    20. St. Vincent St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
    19. Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else (Carpark)
    18. Aphex Twin Syro (Warp)
    17. Arca Xen (Mute)
    16. Grouper Ruins (Kranky)
    15. Flying Lotus You're Dead! (Warp)
    14. Steve Gunn Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
    13. Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal (What's Your Rupture?)
    12. Ice Age Plowing into the Field of Love (Matador)
    11. Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)

    10. Ariel Pink "Pom Pom"
    Ariel Pink's sound has definitely changed from his 2002 debut up through his most recent release, Pom Pom. Starting off super lo-fi and almost muffled, he has transformed his sound into a more studio-friendly and jangly style. However, the essential Ariel is still present. Pom Pom is easily Ariel's most accessible and fun album, so if you're new to his music it's a good place to start.

    9. Real Estate "Atlas"
    Real Estate is yet another artist who broke into our top ten with their third studio album release. Although the sound on Atlas is still very much Real Estate, the mood on their latest has definitely taken a somber yet beautiful turn. The record is heavily drenched in clean guitar strumming and drowning vocals, all for the best. Trust us, it's still a fun album.

    8. Spoon "They Want My Soul"
    Spoon has been making incredible music for the last two decades, and They Want My Soul is no exception. We love the entirety of this album - it's perfect for throwing on at work or a party, and every song is well-executed and catchy. It's a real winner and one that won't be leaving our rotation anytime soon.

    7. Lykke Li "I Never Learn"
    This album was written after a painful breakup and, boy, is it apparent. This album is one that we throw on when we're ready to feel some feelings. Lykke Li's songwriting prowess is on point on this album and we seriously can't recommend it enough. This album is on the shorter side at just over 30 minutes, but that just means you'll be able to listen to it multiple times throughout the day.

    6. Sharon Van Etten "Are We There"
    Are We There, another album that we listen to when we want to feel, takes us on an emotional journey through Sharon Van Etten's mind. A pleasant mix of her quiet debut sound and the fuller sound of her last album, Are We There feels like the perfect blend of Van Etten's talents. Listen to the soaring "Your Love Is Killing Me" if you're still not convinced.

    5. Perfume Genius "Too Bright"
    One of the fullest-sounding albums to date from Perfume Genius, Too Bright is an album that grabbed us from the first song. The album opens with the beautiful, sparse "I Decline," but only builds from there. Check out the single "Queen" to get a good feel for the vibe of the album.

    4. How To Dress Well "What Is This Heart?"
    It's rare when an album, let alone a song, can make you feel multiple emotions all at once. But somehow How To Dress Well accomplishes this on almost every track of his third LP, What Is This Heart?. If you are new to HTDW, give "Repeat Pleasure" a listen and you'll know what we're talking about.

    3. The War On Drugs "Lost In The Dream"
    Sitting somewhere near Tom Petty-style Americana (but with a little more edge), The War On Drugs released their third LP in March of this year. Smooth guitars set to reverb level, perfect, driving beats, and quiet yet powerful vocals make this an album great for listening to by yourself in your room, or in the car with the windows down.

    2. Caribou "Our Love"
    Caribou released his much anticipated follow-up to 2010's Swim in October of this year, entitled Our Love. It was definitely worth the wait, especially with the excitement surrounding the summer release of opening track "Can't Do Without You," which we had on repeat all summer long.

    1. FKA twigs "LP1"
    What can we say about FKA twigs that hasn't already been said? The woman is a genius. Her debut, full-length album was a stunner, and the musician's live performances are just as killer as her album. If you're just as starstruck as we are, stay tuned for our upcoming interview with FKA twigs to find out a little bit more about the enigmatic artist.

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