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The best albums of 2014 : Quarter 1

You may have noticed that the number of new Foam Hands posts per week has dropped drastically in recent months – a not entirely unexpected by-product of being a parent to a newly mobile 10 month-old – and as a consequence a lot of really great new records have gone unmentioned here. To make up for that, here is a run-down of my 30 favourite albums of the year so far, or what is known in the industry as “2014 Quarter 1”. Please note only records officially released between January 1 and March 31 2014 are included, so similarly awesome forthcoming releases from the likes of Chad VanGaalen, Cloud Nothings, Ben Frost, EMA, Mac DeMarco, The Body, Clipping, Timber Timbre, Protomartyr, Todd Terje, Pure X, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks and more have been omitted, despite being “out there” already in an (ahem!) unofficial capacity. Also worth noting: the below are listed in alphabetical order rather than numerically ranked, but at this point my number one would be Sun Kil Moon’s Benji, with the top five rounded out by St. Vincent, Isaiah Rashad, Perfect Pussy and The War On Drugs in roughly that order.
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Artificial Brain Labyrinth Constellation

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Ava Luna Electric Balloon
Beck Morning Phase
Black Portland (Young Thug & Bloody Jay) Black Portland

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Kevin Drew Darlings
Future Islands Singles
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Gardens & Villa Dunes
Kevin Gates By Any Means
The Hold Steady Teeth Dreams

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Indian From All Purity
Let’s Wrestle Let’s Wrestle
Liars Mess
Millie & Andrea Drop The Vowels
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Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Owls Two

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Perfect Pussy Say Yes To Love
Isaiah Rashad Cilvia Demo

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Real Estate Atlas
Rick Ross Mastermind
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Schoolboy Q Oxymoron
Shit Robot We Got A Love
St. Vincent St. Vincent
Sun Araw Belomancie

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Sun Kil Moon Benji

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Untold Black Light Spiral
Vampire Vampire
The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream

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White Suns Totem

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Withered Hand New Gods
YG My Krazy Life
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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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