The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #5: Amen Dunes

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: Amen Dunes

WHAT: Love

WHEN: May 2014

WHERE: Sacred Bones

WHY: When I first heard Love, I wasn't sure just how I felt about it. But I kept going back to it time and time again, and one day it hit me just how much I loved it. There's a beautiful isolationism to these songs, a sort of broken loneliness that really speaks to the way I was feeling for a long time. It's what I like to think of as a dusk/dawn record, for those times you're awake and the light is muted with the sun either coming or going. Love is powerful, and so too is Love

My jams: "White Child," "Lonely Richard," "Splits Are Parted," "Sixteen," "Lilac In Hand," "Rocket Flare," "I Know Myself," "Everybody Is Crazy," "I Can't Dig It," "Love"

[posted 5.14.15]


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