The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #56: Matt Kivel

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: Matt Kivel

WHAT: Days of Being Wild

WHEN: July 2014

WHERE: Woodsist

WHY: Recorded with old albums in mind, Matt Kivel’s Days of Being Wild captures the vintage softness of am radio to perfection. These could just as easily be songs from another time, and they call to mind halcyon days of endless summer sun just before the fall sneaks in.

My jams: “Underwater,” “A Couple Hours,” “Insignificance,” “Open Road,” “Blonde Boy,” “Days of Being Wild,” “Waving Goodbye”

[posted 3.12.15]


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