Year-End 2014: Top 25 Songs // Top 15 EPs // Top 10 Music Videos // Top 10 Album Covers
25. Mozart’s Sister – Being
Mozart’s Sister’s debut album dialed up her sound with a whack of polish.
24. Violence – Erlebnis
Violence’s sound continues in the same vein as their previous release: artfully executed synth pop with the exact dark flavour that we love.
23. YlangYlang – Am I Being Overdramatic?
The intricate sound design, elegiac melodies, and dreamy, soft focus textures on YlangYlang’s Am I Being Overdramatic? make for a highly rewarding listen.
22. JFM – Squat
It has become very clear, both live and on record, that JFM possesses a remarkable approach to abstract electronic music
21. Lee Paradise – Water Palace Kingdom
A gritty minimalistic post-punk record that shouldn’t astonish given Dan Lee’s pedigree, but you know what, we were still astonished – it’s a fantastic record.
20. Hansmole – Whitest Whiteness
Victoria’s Hansmole caught us completely off guard with her spectacular synth-laden chilled-out dream pop record.
19. Galaxius Mons – GMO
Homemade synths, superstar guest vocalists and weird intricate pop arrangements make Galaxius Mons’ sophomore release a must-listen.
18. Jay Holy – Scopolamine Dream
Scopolamine Dream is is a strong statement from one of the city’s most original acts: emotional pleas set to a backdrop of musical freak-outs.
17. Chevalier Avant Garde – Realign
Chevalier Avant Garde can do no wrong in our eyes, and their tape from this year is another masterful step in a near-perfect career.
16. Sean Nicholas Savage – Bermuda Waterfall
Another year, another spectacular Sean Nicholas Savage record, it wouldn’t be the same without one.
15. Potpourri of Pearls – We Went to Heaven
Taking us back to the days of Erasure’s best singles, this record is full of crisp and clean arpeggiated synths and killer earworm melodies.
14. Doomsquad – Kalaboogie
Without a doubt, Doomsquad’s record proves that they are one of the most interesting bands in the world right now.
13. Hey Mother Death – Highway
Halifax/Paris duo are in full command of a classic aesthetic which explores and reimagines some of the more artful corners of rock’s iconic past.
12. Johnny Couteau – From the Infamous Mind of a Psychoactive Runner
Set in a dystopic coastal town near Fukushima called Tchernobeach, this John Carpenter-ish concept record took upon its own life in our imagination.
11. Zoo Owl – Hollow
A powerful musical statement demonstrating Zoo Owl is not all smoke and mirrors, lasers and fog machines.
10. Ramzi – Bébites
Left-field vignettes showcase Ramzi in full command of her highly distinguished aesthetic, a welcome addition to her brilliant discography.
9. Bile Sister – Faucet
Gorgeously shrouded in overdriven minimal electronics, effects-laden vox, and left field pop leanings.
8. ¡FLIST! – Fuck You I’m Dead
Eight years in the making, the Montrealer’s first album is a masterpiece of death, terror, and general unease.
7. Men I Trust – Men I Trust
Melancholy electronic pop from Québec City, featuring many guest collaborations.
6. TOPS – Picture You Staring
Montreal soft-pop group effortlessly make an even better record than their debut.
5. Owen Pallett – In Conflict
Owen Pallett gets more electronic than ever before and makes the best album of his career. Also, Brian Eno plays some synths on it.
4. Lydia Ainsworth – Right from Real
Arbutus Records’ latest find is a pop tour-de-force with Kate Bush-esque serenity and immaculate arrangements.
3. Caribou – Our Love
With his fourth studio album as Caribou, Dan Snaith solidifies his status as a Canadian electronic music legend.
2. Silkken Laumann – Not Forever Enough
The new project from Rolf Klausener was one of our most anticipated records of the year, and it did not disappoint. Bombastic electro-pop at its best.
1. Ken Park – You Think About It Too Much
Perfect for long days walking around getting lost in your own thoughts, and at the same time ideal for a crowded house party, dancing and making memories.