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Year End 2014

Music: Pass The Mic: Artists on 2014

John Lemke

1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2014? (In order 1-5)

  1. St Vincent -­ St Vincent
  2. Sharon Van Etten -­ Are We There
  3. Scott Walker & Sunn O))) ­- Soused
  4. Grouper ­- Ruins
  5.  Mica Levi -­ Under The Skin OST

2. What band did you discover in 2014 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?

Being from Berlin, I've been aware of Einstürzende Neubauten most of my life, but never listened to their music much. Recently I was able to see them perform their latest album (Lament) live at Le Guess Who festival in Utrecht, which was quite a transformative experience. I've been getting into their back catalogue since, but seeing their compositions, dynamics, energy and instrumentation in a live environment will most certainly have an influence on my future approach to making music.

3. How will you remember 2014? (In terms of music)

Mostly as a year with a very strong and innovative female voice.

4. What can we look forward to from you in 2015?

I'm currently in the process of recording my second album, which will be out sometime in the autumn of 2015. It's a bit of a departure from my previous work, so I'm super excited to road test the material soon. There will also be a live sound design installation I'm working on with friend and performer Rodrigo Malvar in Portugal.

5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2015?

I'm very excited about the Sleater­Kinney reunion and what their new record might offer. Another one I'm very intrigued about is the new Ela Orleans album. It's good to know Radiohead are back in the studio  and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a new PJ Harvey record, of course!

6. What trend will you forever associate with 2014 in music?

After a thirty year absence, horn sections appear to be all the rage again.

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Words by the SPB team on Dec. 14, 2014, 3:29 p.m.

Major props to all the bands, and also to Nicole Kibert for her ever-awesome photograph at the top of the feature. Thanks!

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