In 2014 there were a lot of excellent albums and a lot of new bands came out. It was difficult to edit the hundreds of favourite albums I love down to 25 selections but I think this group is my best try,containing albums from different genres such as ethereal,coldwave,electronic,postpunk,shoegaze,synth,experimental and so on.. Without claiming to be an expert on these genres,I present my 25 favourites albums of 2014:
1.PEINE PERDUE-NO SOUVENIRS / Cold Beats records
The second album by the French-German synth duo .Deep , cold & racy analog sequences encounter subtle desperate female vocals.A perfect album !!
2.MERCURY'S ANTENNAE-A WAKING GHOST INSIDE / Projekt records
An alchemy of harmonic, swirling guitars,cinematic, lush, glimmering instrumentation, and Dru’s dream-felt and sirenic vocals.Recommended to fans of darkwave and heavenly voices.
3.THE BLUE ANGEL LOUNGE-SEA OF TREES / A recordings
The band's 3rd studio album is a blend of psychedelic folk ,neofolk-influenced landscape of fingerpicked guitar and glacial spook-drones with Nils Ottensmeyer’s powerful Nico’esque vocals.
4.PRINCIPE VALIENTE-CHOIRS OF BLESSED YOUTH / Af music
The Swedish band kicks off with one of the better emotional post punk-shoegaze-indie-acts I’ve ever heard.
5.WHITE HEX-GOLD NIGHTS/ It records
A post-punk inspired electro-pop of the 80’s, warm vintage synth tones and drum machine backbeats. The 8 tracks are immensely catchy, perhaps even club-ready.
6.VEIL OF LIGHT-Ξ / Belaten
The gothgaze solo project from Zurich releases an album cold, shady, dark tones influenced by 1980s goth and early post-punk, with a shoegazing twist.
7.LAST LEAF DAWN-FAKE LIGHTS / Lifeforce Records
The Swiss quartet’s 13 song create sweeping soundscapes that weave gorgeous postrock and shoegaze .
8.VARIOUS-NOT SO COLD-A WARM WAVE COMPILATION / Tacuara Records+CintasTriangulares
Twelve unreleased tracks from the better international cold wave, minimal synth and post industrial scene This sampler is great for every minimal music lover as there are lots of different bands, some even unknown.
9.MINUIT MACHINE-LIVE&DESTROY / Desire Records
The French synth duo is an association between Helene de Thoury’s electronic melodies and Amandine Stioui’s passionate vocals .Nice synth loops, rhythmic electronic drums and the really special voice of Amadine Stioui!
10.SCHONWALD-DREAM FOR THE FALL / Anywave Records
The Italian duo is blending a perfect mix of coldwave, new Wave, darkwave, swirly guitars, and postpunk whilst appealing to fans of The Soft Moon.Alessandra Gismondi and Luca Bandini create a pulsing, black-lit atmospheric electronic vibration so cold, hypnotic and minimalistic.
11.EMPYRIUM-THE TURN OF THE TIDES / Prophecy
The German duo returns with a collection of songs where natural ambiances and most deep feelings are set to music. This is an emotional journey driving by folk sounds, chants and gloomy synths .
12.LUMINANCE+ACAPULCO CITY HUNTERS-COLD RUSH / Wool-E Tapes
This split between Luminance- the electronic solo project by David-Alexandre Parquie-and Acapulco City Hunters is a perfect blend of dark synthpop and cold wave.
13.FACTICE FACTORY-WHITE DAYS / Holy Hours ,Manic Depression
The French-Swiss trio’s debut album is dark, claustrophobic and inspired by the early 80’s postpunk movement.A must have for the fans of cold wave.
14.GHOST ACTOR-UNFOLD / Aufnahmeund+wiedergabe
The cold ghost wave & post witch core band from Vienna releases their debut album a blend of electro industrial samples with strong repetitive percussions that create a ritualistic background ambiance.Slow minimal tunes with ghostly female vocals create a very dark soundscape.
The French project creates an excellent blend of noir pop rock acoustic melodies and poetry.Recommended for all ‘Tindersticks’ fans.
16.MATER SUSPIRIA VISION-SERENITY 2(stigmata of eden) / Phantasma
LSD overdose minimalism, dark industrial atmosphere,chaotic female voices,witchcore at its best.
17.ORTROTASCE-ST / Disko Obscura
Nic Hamersly’s minimal synth/coldwave project . A blend of cold wave synths ,dizzying sequences and spectral vocals.
18.KRIISTAL ANN-DELIRIOUS SKIES / Werkstatt Recordings
The second solo for the ex-Paradox Obscur singer is magnificent. The seven compositions combine the minimal synth sound with dark wave influences and delivered by Ann’s melancholic voice.
19.DAY BEFORE US-Crystal sighs of a broken universe /child of a new light ep
One ep and one full album this year for the frence-greek duo.As i cannot choose one of them ,i put the two works in the list.Elegiac, lyrical, dark soundscapes, neoclassic minimal tunes arranged by Philippe Blanche and the beautiful ethereal voice of Effosyni Papamichalopoulou .Recommended to all 'Project Records' fans.
20.APOPTOSE-ANNA LIIL / Tesco
Popier than the previous albums but still dark.A dark electronic web of sounds drawing on female vocals and new romantic ambient tunes.
21.L'AVENIR-ST / Belaten
The cold synth side project of Jason Sloan creates a hypnotic synthpop and minimal wave music with analog equipment.
22.TANGO MANGALORE-THE SOUND OF DEFEATED MEN / Cintastriangulares
The very talented one-man project from Greece releases an album that combines perfectly wave noir,dark cabaret,retro-synth and deathrock primitive male vocals creating a spooky atmosphere.
23.DARKHER-THE KINGDOM FIELD
The solo project of Jayn H. Wissenberg releases the first ep.Four darkly inspiring songs,blend of doom folk with a gothic touch and slow guitar melodies driven by Jayn's haunting, spine-tinglingly evocative voice.Recommended to all Chelsea Wolfe’s fans.
24.RIGHT KNIDER-TECTONIVORA / Werkstatt Recordings
The greek solo synth project(Vagelis Generalis) releases a 5-track ep, a blend of cold analogue electronics,instrumental space synth tunes and deep male vocals in one track('feverish eyes').
This album was conceived as a soundtrack of an imaginary sf vintage movie.Atmospheric ambient soundscapes and hypnotic electronic rythms create a dreamy atmosphere.