Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #44: Eagulls

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Eagulls

WHAT: Eagulls

WHEN: March 2014

WHERE: Partisan Records

WHY: A wonderfully nervy, agitated racket abounds on Eagulls’ self-titled effort. These Leeds gents defiantly snarl and claw their way through ten songs of fuzzed-out, angsty, gloomy post-punk clamor, sounding both irritable and empowered. It makes for a great listen, especially if you happen to be feeling particularly dark mood.

My jams: “Nerve Endings,” “Yellow Eyes,” “Tough Luck,” “Possessed,” “Fester Blister,” “Opaque,” “Souless Youth”





[posted 3.18.15]

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