With December, traditionally the start of the pre-Christmas hiatus in meaningful musical releases, just hours away it is time to start mentioning those releases of 2014 that have for whatever reason been highlights for me.
One change is that while the acts are grouped in alphabetical order the number of entries has been reduced to ten in this list. This is not due to a shortage of possibilities, far from it indeed, but rather to make compiling and writing each post more manageable.
- Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
- Arc Iris - Arc Iris
- Clara Engel - Looking Glass Fire
- Jennifer Crook - Carnforth Station
- Joanne Shaw Taylor - The Dirty Truth
- The Moulettes - Constellations
- Ninebarrow - While The Blackthorn Burns
- The Rails - Fair Warning
- Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso
- Ward Thomas - From Where We Stand
I am happy if people would like to make comments and suggestions. I will be equally so if this leads anyone to find music of which they were previously either unaware of had forgotten about. If it tempts you to head out and see some live music then that is a real bonus. It is also, truth be told, quite simply the music that I really liked.
The alphabet is as it is; it starts this list with an artist that was a complete surprise, and a revelation, to me. I had heard it said that, as a performer, she is at best diffident and at worst obtuse. Be that as it may I can now go only with what I heard and observed myself. Those descriptions are quite harsh I believe; reserved and self-absorbed maybe, which means it admirably mirrors the album title 'Burn Your Fire For No Witness'.