This week we’re posting the duo behind Under The Rockies’ (Joshua Platt and Mary McComish) favourite five albums of 2014. Up first is Joshua Platt.
Here at Under The Rockies, Joshua Platt is the mastermind behind most of the photography and videos you see on our website. These are his top five favourite albums of 2014.
Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
In January, Against Me! released Transgender Dysphoria Blues which is, by far, my favourite, and, in my opinion, the best record that was released in 2014. This album has so much soul, despite it being a punk album. It’s true art, and lead singer Laura Jane Grace put her absolute heart and soul into this album and created the band’s best album to date. Regardless of who you are, this album contains anthems that your ears need to hear.
Tracks to note: “Black Me Out”, “FuckMyLife666”, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”
Drowners - Drowners
Imagine what you’d get if The Smiths, The Strokes and the Arctic Monkeys (during their Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not era) had a musical love child. You don’t have to imagine anymore, because the band is called Drowners. This year, the Welsh-American quartet released their stunning self-titled debut album. Despite the similarities in sound to the bands aforementioned, they still maintain originality through their lyrical content and creativity. This debut is only the beginning for this massively talented band and, with one incredible album under their belt, it can only go up from here.
Tracks to note: “Luv, Hold Me Down”, “Pure Pleasure”, “Let Me Finish”
Modern Baseball - You’re Gonna Miss It All
Modern Baseball released their sophomore record, You’re Gonna Miss It All. This album shows tremendous growth from their debut, Sports. It’s lyrically perfect for any teenager, or anyone who can still remember, and relate to, their high school teenage angst. This album sounds like it shouldn’t be from 2014, it sounds like a 1990s pop punk album filled with short, fast paced songs about girls, drinking and being young - the quintessential adolescent record. You’re Gonna Miss It All is the perfect soundtrack to any ‘90s house party, but with a 21st century originality that makes this album stand out from the rest.
Tracks to note: “Your Apartment”, “Fine, Great”, “Your Graduation”
Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
Sam Smith’s debut, In The Lonely Hour, delivers soul filled, heart wrenching ballads that are a true reflection of his artistry. At only 22, he’s already proven himself as a gifted artist, and a voice that has an old soul well beyond his years. This album is about heartbreak and, as cliche as it may sound, is an album that probably almost everybody can relate to.
Tracks to note: “Leave Your Lover”, “Not The Only One”
Hozier - Hozier
Irish singer-songwriter Hozier also dropped a stunning debut album this year. His self titled debut is a bluesy, mixed with R&B masterpiece. Stylistically similar to Van Morrison, this young lad from Ireland is also well beyond his years, with an unbelievably mature voice and incredible knack for songwriting. Just one listen to the record, and you’ll feel like you’ve been taken to church, or perhaps even died, gone to heaven and come back.
Tracks to note: "Take Me To Church", “The Work Song”
Most anticipated for 2015: Blink 182, Brand New, The Wonder Years, Fall Out Boy