The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #17: Avers

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: Avers

WHAT: Empty Light

WHEN: April 2014

WHERE: Self-released

WHY: Y'all already know how much I gush about the scene down in Richmond. But seriously, it's just that good. One of the leading lights down in RVA these days is Avers, the supergroup that's causing quite a stir with their otherworldly psych-shoegaze hybrids. Empty Light is a treasure, careening from blissed out trances to kicky psych nuggets and everywhere in between. If you haven't yet experienced Avers, stop what you're doing right now and dive right in. 

My jams: "White Horses," "Only One," "Empty Light," "Harvest," "Girls With Headaches," "Mercy," "Evil," "Hang Man," "Top of the Stairs" 

[posted 5.10.15]


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