5 Great Albums Released in 2014 You Should Hear
I’ve been thinking last night about why should I wait to show my appreciation to the best albums released in the running year at its end. Instead, as we’ve just left the first trimester of 2014 behind, I wanted to mention some of the albums released in the period from January to March that I really liked. So here we go.
Sonar – Static Motion
This record really surprised me. I didn’t know what to expect and when I received the promo from Cuneiform Records it passed some time since I loaded it up in the player and gave it a try. How to describe this one? It’s stripped down all the way, but it still keeps the complexity. Probably the best way to tag this one would be as progressive krautrock.
Dewa Budjana with Jimmy Johnson & Vinnie Colaiuta – Surya Namaskar
I already reviewed this album for Prog Sphere. Comparing to previous Dewa’s albums, Surya Namaskar is by far most complex and most varied record he put out to date. Jazz fusion done in a western tradition spiced with Indonesian folklore. You can listen to the whole album and buy it from MoonJune’s Bandcamp.
Agusa – Högtid
Agusa is a new Swedish band with obvious leanings toward such diverse acts as Kebnekajse (Sweden), Amon Düül II (Germany) and Colosseum (UK), but at the same time presenting something unique. Authentic 70′s progressive tunes that lived through four decades can be heard on this amazing album. Featuring members of Sveriges Kommuner & Landsting, Kama Loka and Hoofoot. Really digging this one.
Deluge Grander – Heliotans
After last year’s comeback with Birds and Buildings, Dan Britton is back with another of his projects – Deluge Grander. Same as with Birds and Buildings record, the new DG album was one of the most anticipated albums in the recent years. Avant-prog at its best.
Ethereal Riffian – Aeonian
Ukrainian purveyors of psychedelic doom are back with their sophomore album titled Aeonian. It’s available in different formats and I got two beautiful vinyl editions: black and blue. Check out!