Favourites 2014!

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2014 has been a funny ol’ year – many ups, many downs! But what is certain, is that there have been some glorious record releases over the past 12 months – pulling at our deepest emotions, the likes of Keaton Henson, Damien Rice and Sharon Van Etten have tugged at our heartstrings, whilst Bombay Bicycle Club, Slow Club and St. Vincent have had us moving in all manner of shapes. Special mentions have to go out to the likes of George Ezra for creating a fantastic debut record for the masses, Leonard Cohen for proving that he still bloomin-well has it, and The War On Drugs for releasing a truly magnificent record that would top our list be a country mile if we felt it suited! We must also give a shout out for Strand Of Oaks, Bear’s Den and Angus And Julia Stone for just being pipped to the post.

So, in no particular order, here are TFFT’s 15 Favourites, 2014…

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Keaton Henson – Romantic Works

‘Romantic Works brings out a new found respect for Keaton Henson and his passionate nurturing of his talent. I can’t help but feel that with every project we’re given deeper insight into what many have described as Henson’s distant soul.’

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Bombay Bicycle Club –  So Long, See You Tomorrow

‘Bombay Bicycle Club have kept hold of many elements of their winning record-making formula and updated it slightly; Steadman sounds as beautiful and bumbling as always, the songs are inspired and exciting. The band has moved on, travelled far and wide but they haven’t reinvented themselves. They are the same but better.’

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Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy

‘Throughout this album the feeling of angst and heartache fills your whole demeanor. Every song is lyrically perfect with Rice showing his incredible ability to write the most simple of lyrics in the most absorbing of ways.’

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Nick Mulvey – First Mind

‘Nick Mulvey’s debut solo album First Mind, is nothing short of exquisite. Individually, each track on the album is a force to be reckoned with; together, the twelve tracks bond together to create a sensuous and magnificent record’

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First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

Stay Gold is a delightful record and although not lacking in depth, stays true to Johanna and Klara’s bright nature.’

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Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams

‘This is an album that shifts in mood slightly without ever really releasing that heavy weight that comes down hard on human shoulders. A mix of styles is present here with the mood redolent of another era and certainly not 2014.’

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Marissa Nadler – July

‘What is striking about the majority of the tunes on this album is the stark beauty of the songs. The bleak cover perfectly represents exactly what you can expect on this album…’

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Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were

‘Dark, ambient and deeply atmospheric, this stunning sophomore album may be seen as risky by some – moving away from the upbeat tempo of his award-winning debut record – but in ours eyes, is a truly exceptional effort’

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Oh Susanna – Name Dropper

‘This is a great record, and pulls together all the tones and textures and talents of some of the best in the field. A work of great maturity and resilience.’

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Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

‘The personal and artistic growth that is apparent as this gorgeous album moves through it’s eleven tracks, is absolutely mind-blowing. Sharon Van Etten is truly making her place as an artist that we should all dedicate the proper time to have a listen to. It’s truly a gem of an album, and one that perhaps feels just as personal to me, as a listener, as it does the artist, as it’s creator.’

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Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

‘The songs are consistently well-written, cohesive and natural, but not samey. What keeps us enthralled is that voice – unfussy, but immensely versatile and effortlessly accurate’

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Slow Club – Complete Surrender

‘We’re in Church it seems, to pay our respects to an album with heart and soul. One that successfully welds together country and soulful flavours to create a really strong and vibrant pop album’

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St. Vincent – St. Vincent

‘While remaining as unorthodox as ever, St. Vincent manages in her eponymous fifth album to temper enigma with accessibility, a result of the fact that it is, in its entirety, an inherently confident record’

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Wild Beasts – Present Tense

‘The true test of an album, is whether you can start with track one, close your eyes, and wander through and lose yourself all the way through to the final moments. This record does just that.’

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Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

‘The Voyager sees Jenny Lewis return with her third solo effort, following many years of ups and downs including lengthy bouts of insomnia and emotional whirlwinds. The release came into question completely, but after going into the studio with Ryan Adams and Mike Viola, Lewis re-recorded the bulk of her album and has now unveiled a triumphant record.’