Chris D’s picks - best singles of 2014 -
Chris Diestler Santa Fe New Mexico


10) TEMPLES – Shelter Song

No shortage of neo-psychedelia this year, but this was one of the catchiest.

09) JACK WHITE – Lazaretto

The mad scientist of rock’n’roll returns with another concrete slab of kookiness.

08) NIKKI LANE – Right Time

She could single-handedly spearhead a “bad girl” revival in country music with this one.

07) 7HORSE – Flying High (With No I.D.)

This duo’s follow-up to the criminally obscure “Let the 7Horse Run” has a lot of high points, but none higher than this.

06) BLACK KEYS – Gotta Get Away

Dan Auerbach proves his 70s sound-sculpting abilities yet again with this Cheap Trick-esque rocker.  I must now re-examine my opinion of arena rock.

05) CHET FAKER – Gold

Like the best Moby or Beck records, this takes rare grooves of the past and weaves them brilliantly with more modern sounds.  As for the video, well, I admit to a long-standing weakness for rollergirls.

04) GALACTIC featuring JJ GREY – Higher and Higher

A devastatingly funky one-off collaboration between two of my all-time faves.  JJ’s throaty vocals sound great on top of Galactic’s ten-ton-truck of a sound.  These grooves will crush anything that stands in their way.

03) BOY and BEAR – Southern Sun

Twenty years from now, when they’re advertising a “Sounds of the 2010’s” compilation on TV or whatever eyeball implants we’ll be using to consume our media, this is likely to be on the playlist.  Maybe they’ll call it “Trail Mix Rock.”

02) HOZIER – Take Me to Church

This musical meme managed to crawl under a lot of skin this year, and if the Saturday Night Live appearance is any indication, this combo is ready to take the world by storm.  Calling it “soulful” seems trite, but it is deeply emotional and hits all the right notes.

01) ST. VINCENT – Digital Witness

This year’s most perfectly-constructed 3-minutes-and-change.  I hear a little David Byrne influence, which fills me with nostalgic delight.  By turns bombastic and quirky-quiet; robotic and humanistic, this defector from Polyphonic Spree has taken the concept of nerdy chorale rock to the next level.

For a more in-depth exploration of the year’s toastiest grooves, check out the Toast-n-Jam blog…

This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead

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