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

Duke Evers

Duke Evers EP, Handful of Pennies starts with their single, “Lions” that grabs your attention immediately with catchy guitar chords and a drum rhythm that makes you just want to dance. This is feel good Indie Rock at its finest. Hailing from Seattle with a Blues/Pop mix that has a magnetic pull that draws you in and holds you hostage until the music stops. Duke Evers has an energy that will bleed into anyone’s soul and resonate there. The combination of Kyle Veazey (drums) and Josh Starkel (vocals/guitar) is a combination of pure musical bliss. Through the four track EP they show incredible diversity in range, tempo, rhythm, and originality. Their track, “Seaside” is incredibly catchy and is sure to be a favorite with Josh Starkel’s appealing, smooth voice and Kyle Veazey’s clean, upbeat drum hits.
The album has an enigmatic feel that is both unique to them while being strangely familiar. Handful of Pennies drops today so be sure to give it a listen, it is well worth your time.