It’s been a great year for indie music, and whittling this list down to a top 3 has been more difficult than I imagined. After much hemming and hawing and hair-pulling, here are my top 3 indie records of 2014.
Korallreven – The Second Coming
These Swedes have released another monster of a record, if you like your indie a little dance-y like I do. I’m not sure if indie-trance-pop is a genre, but it is now. Highly recommended.
Caribou – Our Love
If Dundas, ON via London, UK producer Dan Snaith has released a bad album, I haven’t heard it. Our Love continues Snaith’s streak of critically-acclaimed albums but leans a little bit more towards R&B and dance music. It’s a gem and their live show never disappoints if you have the chance to catch them.
Alvvays – S/T
This Toronto band dominated the twee/indie pop scene in 2014, and it’s no mistake that this album has ended up on so many year-end lists. Rolling Stone, generally a geezer magazine, even had them in their top 50. This record is a nostalgic slice of jangling pop that has us all salivating over what they’ll do next.