Thursday, November 28, 2019

40 From 40 Plus 10: 2014

"That rock'n'roll, eh?" Our documentation of how we see the years of this decade in retrospect continues into 2014, the year Alex Turner made a stand for... something at the Brits. We were somehow unsurprised to find Radio X were still calling it "incredible" and "legendary" last year, and yet even in the wake of that resulting NME cover you'd have been surprised at how quickly the pop world seemed to flee in the opposite direction. That streaming was included into the singles chart from July would be the catalyst for rebuilding that glass ceiling at a much lower level. Strange old year, 2014. Ed Sheeran cemented himself as an A-lister with x, but U2 decided to flex their muscle and arguably ended up spectacularly undermining themselves with the enforced iTunes delivery of Songs of Innocence (Bono three years later: "I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves") The rest of the headlines belonged to Taylor Swift in the year of 1989 (if you see what I mean), mockingly referencing "some indie record that's much cooler than mine" at a time when there were none. Kate Bush made her slight live return while Future Islands briefly proved the old adage that nothing makes you into a true superstar like a good TV appearance. Also, all this.

Perfume Genius - Queen
Wild Beasts - Wanderlust
JUCE - Braindead
LoneLady - Groove It Out
Caribou - Can't Do Without You
Run The Jewels - Blockbuster Night Pt. 1
Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar - Never Catch Me
FKA twigs - Numbers
Skepta feat. Jme - That's Not Me
Liars - Mess On A Mission
St. Vincent - Birth In Reverse
Trash Kit - Medicine
Cloud Nothings - I'm Not Part Of Me
White Lung - Drown With The Monster
Adebisi Shank - World In Harmony
Sylvan Esso - Coffee
Tune-Yards - Water Fountain
The Drink - Microsleep
Johnny Foreigner - Riff Glitchard
T.O.Y.S - X-Static
September Girls - Black Oil
Nadine Shah - Stealing Cars
Firestations - Never Closer
Martin Carr - The Santa Fe Skyway
The Wind-Up Birds - Two Ambulance Day
Martha - Present, Tense
Spoon - Rent I Pay
Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures - Orange Juice
H. Hawkline - Moons In My Mirror
Allo Darlin' - We Come from the Same Place
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
Sharon Van Etten - Every Time the Sun Comes Up
Slow Club - Tears Of Joy
SOAK - B a noBody
Weyes Blood - Some Winters
David Thomas Broughton feat. Juice Vocal Ensemble - In Service
Bastard Mountain - Meadow Ghosts
Gruff Rhys - American Interior
Owen Pallett - In Conflict
Summer Camp - Beyond Clueless

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