Top Albums of 2014

Here is our final post of 2014, our numbered countdown of our favorite albums of 2014. We hope you enjoy our list and come across some new music. We hope you join us next year as we continue our journey of finding the freshest and best independent music. We are very excited to see what the next year has in store for us here at Killing Sasquatch. Music is the great communicator, so please share music with friends, strangers, or even your enemies.

31. Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

30. Spoon – They Want My Soul

29. East Forest – Orbits

28. Hustle and Drone – HOLYLAND

27. Snowblind Traveler – Confederate Burial

26. Quilt – Held In Splendor

25. Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestite

24. Big Haunt – Devotionals

23. Swans – To Be Kind

22. Aan – Amor Ad Nausuem

21. Sioux Falls – Lights Off For Danger

20. Strands of Oaks – HEAL

19. Slow Magic – How To Run Away

18. SW/MM/NG – Feel Not Bad

17. Holiday Friends – Major Magic

16. De Lux – Voyage

15. Caribou – Our Love

14. Talkative – Hot Fruit Barbeque

13. Tobacco – Ultima II Massage

12. The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream

11. This Will Destroy You – Another Language

10. Chad VanGaalen – Shrink Dust

9. Manatee Commune – Brush

8. Phantogram – Voices

7. Bearcubbin’! – Girls With Fun Haircuts

6. Horse Thief – Fear In Bliss

5. Mr. Gnome – Heart of the Dark Star

4. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

3. Goat – Commune

2. Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

1. Odesza – In Return

Best Pop & Electronic Albums of 2014

Now that 2014 is coming to a close it is the time to look back on the year and reflect on what albums came out and which ones are the best. 2014 was a fantastic year in independent music and we would like to share our favorite albums. We’ll feature electronic and pop albums on this post, then rock and miscellaneous albums on the next post, and then we’ll give you a count down post of our top 30. All of these albums are definitely worth a listen to and are in alphabetical order by artist.

Alt-j – This Is All Yours

The Antlers – Familiars

Big Haunt – Devotionals (EP)

Bryan Johnson and Family – Cool Your Jets (EP)

Caribou – Our Love

Chrome Sparks – Goddess (EP)

Dana Buoy – Preacher (EP)

De Lux – Voyage

Desert Noises – 27 Ways


The Domestics – The Domestics

East Forest – Orbits

Flight Facilities – Down To Earth


Fog Father – Razzle-Dazzle (EP)

Future Islands – Singles


Holiday Friends – Major Magic

Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss


Hustle and Drone – HOLYLAND

I Break Horses – Chiaroscuro


Manatee Commune – Brush

Nature Thief – Moon (EP)

Odesza – In Return

Panda Bear – Mr. Noah (EP)


Phantogram – Voices


Shivery Shakes – Three Waves and a Shake

Slow Magic – How To Run Away

Souvenir Driver – Living Water

Sunbears! – Future Sounds

SW/MM/NG – Feel Not Bad

Us Lights – Us Lights (EP)

The War On Drugs – Lost In the Dream

Odesza + Slow Magic

Brand new music from our favorite electronic artists, Odesza and Slow Magic. Both of these artists have a great chill vibe, yet still provides a great dance beat to their music.

We’ll start with Seattle duo Odesza. The new album is called In Return and it is great. These guys take big beats and samples/vocals to the next level. Odesza has a sound that is best listened to in slow motion. The tracks that stand out are “Bloom,” “All We Need” (feat. local Portland band Shy Girls), and “Koto.” In Return is a very beautiful album that is very dynamic. I believe it will be in the top album list at the end of the year.

Slow Magic has a more house vibe going on with his new record, How to Run Away. The new album definitely brings the energy that comes from his live performances. The builds and drops that occur are well constructed and not overplayed. Overall Slow Magic brings the chill energy to How to Run Away. Make sure to listen.