Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #38: VANIISH

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: VANIISH

WHAT: Memory Work

WHEN: June 2014

WHERE: Metropolis Records

WHY: VANIISH's brand of vampiric industrial scuzz has grown on me quite a bit over the past several months. Falling somewhere in between 1980s Manchester and the soundtrack to The Crow, Memory Work is a chilling, biting collection of brooding, danceable gothic songs from the city by the bay. Keep an eye on these folks.

My jams: “Memory Work,” “Search and Replace,” “Merge,” “Succession,” “Cold Fascination,” “La foi au fil de l’eau”






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