Posted on January 03, 2014
There are a lot of good releases around the bend, enough to make us think that 2014 is going to one-up 2013 as a year to remember in music. Here are 7 we're really excited about already:
Although released 10 years ago, Skinny Puppy's comeback album The Greater Wrong of the Right is only now getting a vinyl re-issue. And, if you think about it, it's one of the only SP albums that has never been released on wax, and, in our humble opinion, by far the best of the four comeback records. So yes this is pretty damn exciting and you should order a copy here.
The debut album from Seeming, due out March 4th (two months!) on our own imprint Artoffact Records is seriously one of the best albums we've ever heard.
In 2013, I Dream of Wires [Hardcore Edition] dropped and quickly became one of the most popular documentaries of the year. Produced by Jason Amm aka Solvent, the film is set to release a theatrical cut in April, but before that the soundtrack to I Dream of Wires is out on CD and 2LP. Whether you've been a long-time fan of Solvent, or were just captivated by the documentary, this is going to be a release to remember in 2014.
We really (REALLY) love the Psyche-Dwayne Goettel material that was released on Artoffact a few years back. The tracks are raw, cold, and gritty, and that's just how we like it. The collection of Goettel legacy tracks finally gets a vinyl edition on Dark Entries, and I'm counting the days before I can hold this in my hands.
Although not an album, the 7" split from Legend and Solstafir has us peeing our pants with excitement. Not only do the bands cover each others' tracks, but the 7" is available in 3 different colours, and the audio is mastered for vinyl and sounds just insanely good. Don't sleep on this one, though: the red colour is already sold out, with the silver/clear almost sold out, and over 200 of the 300 copies have already been sold.
For some reason Northern Lite has never made any inroads into America, but they're big news in Germany and their newest album Memory Leaks drops in two weeks. And if this cover track is anything to go by (sporting 20,000 plays already), we're in for an amazing album. Available on CD and vinyl.
Alcest's last album (and their stunning live show) were hi-lights a couple years ago, and it's just incredible to have them back with new material, especially material as strong as the first single Opale. The new album Shelter comes in a limited edition 2CD+Book edition, as well as on vinyl and CD, and it might just end up being our album of the year.