The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #11: Holy Wave

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: Holy Wave

WHAT: Relax

WHEN: January 2014

WHERE: Reverb Appreciation Society

WHY: This one was penciled in pretty early in the year (as in the first time I listened to it). With Relax, the Austin psych collective really nailed it. The fuzz is mighty on this one, y'all, from the heady swirling haze of "Do You Feel It" all the way through to the humid, retro psych stylings of "Wet & Wild." I already dug Holy Wave, but this record really made a fangirl out of me. If it's not already on your radar, it needs to be. 

My jams: All of 'em

[posted 5.12.15]


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