The Obelisk Presents: The Top 20 Singles, EPs, Splits and Demos of 2014

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For example, if an album is trying to tell a story or describe a central theme, either blatantly in its lyrics or atmospherically through the music itself, a demo might just be the work of a band trying to feel their way into their sound. It doesn’t strike me as fair to judge the two on the same standard. Likewise, if a band releases a single, should that really be judged alongside an hour-long release? Granted, some bands’ singles actually¬†are¬†an hour long, but that’s another category entirely. “The ‘Dopesmoker’ Awards” will be handed out at another date.

No, not really. At least not this year.

If you didn’t see the full-albums Top 30 of 2014, please feel free to check it out and think of this and the year-end podcast as companion pieces, albeit both a little more casual. Let’s get to it:

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The Top 20 Short Releases of 2014

1. Sleep, The Clarity
2. Fatso Jetson/Herba Mate, Early Shapes
3. All Them Witches, Effervescent
4. Cortez/Borracho, Split 7″
5. Naam/White Hills/Black Rainbows/The Flying Eyes, 4-Way Split
6. Heavy Temple, Heavy Temple
7. Death Alley, Over Under/Dead Man‚Äôs Bones 7‚ÄĚ
8. Geezer, Live! Full Tilt Boogie
9. The Sun, the Moon and the Witch’s Blues, The Sun, the Moon and the Witch’s Blues
10. Demon Head, Demo 2014
11. Gold & Silver, Azurite and Malachite
12. The Proselyte, Our Vessel’s in Need
13. Hull, Legend of the Swamp Goat
14. Lamp of the Universe/Krautzone, Split
15. The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic, Through the Dark Matter
16. The Heavy Co., Uno Dose
17. Wren, Wren
18. He Whose Ox is Gored, Rumors 7‚ÄĚ
19. Lewis and the Strange Magics, Demo
20. Godhunter/Secrets of the Sky, Gh/0st:s
21. Lord, Alive in Golgotha

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A couple notes:¬†The¬†Sleep¬†single was a given. I don’t think anything could’ve topped it one way or another, even if I hadn’t listened to it 100 times since its release in July as part of the¬†Adult Swim Singles Series.¬†In any case, there was no debate about where to place it. You might notice on the other end the list goes to 21. I thought that being the element of chaos suited¬†Lord¬†well, and since I’m not entirely sure their¬†Alive in Golgotha¬†EP has been officially released, they warranted inclusion just in case.

One thing that struck me in putting this list together was the amount of splits included. You’ll notice¬†Fatso Jetson¬†and¬†Herba Mate‘s¬†Early Shapes¬†right in behind¬†Sleep. That one was an utter joy, as far as I’m concerned, and made me wish both of them would get on putting out full-lengths as soon as possible. Not far behind is¬†Cortez¬†and¬†Borracho‘s split single, which had killer tracks from both bands, and the¬†Naam/White Hills/Black Rainbows/The Flying Eyes¬†split from¬†Heavy Psych Sounds¬†that, even with four bands involved, managed to keep a flowing atmosphere front to back, which was impressive enough in and of itself, never mind the individual contributions of those four acts, which were also top quality. The¬†Krautzone/Lamp of the Universe¬†split also provided a considerable psych blissout, and¬†Godhunter‘s split/collaboration with¬†Secrets of the Sky¬†earned extra points for its adventurous spirit and the payoff its risk-taking brought to bear.

Like their¬†Lightning at the Door¬†LP,¬†All Them Witches‘¬†Effervescent¬†25-minute jam figured heavily in my 2014 listening habits, as did¬†Heavy Temple‘s self-titled debut EP. Dutch garage/heavy punkers¬†Death Alley¬†earned spins with their debut 7″, a lack of pretense in melding proto-thrash and heavy rock impulses allowing them to quickly find a niche that one hopes they continue to develop. Their debut single, along with¬†Demon Head‘s¬†Demo 2014¬†(and, indeed, that band’s¬†follow-up single)¬†and the¬†Lewis and the Strange Magics¬†demo were an allay to concerns retro-minded rock might be stagnating.

Geezer¬†featured on the Short Releases list last year as well. I wasn’t sure what to do with their¬†Gage¬†12″, since it was released in 2013 as an EP and 2014 as an LP, but either way, their¬†Live! Full Tilt Boogie¬†tape effortlessly recalled classic blues rock performances and demonstrated the fluid chemistry at work in the New York trio, I hope it’s not the last live release they do. Along similar bluesy lines,¬†The Heavy Co.‘s¬†Uno Dose¬†found the Hoosier three-piece dipping into heavy jams more than their last full-length, and if that’s the direction they’re headed, you won’t hear me argue. Hailing from¬†Sweden and arriving as an offshoot of¬†Asteroid, the single-song EP from¬†The Sun, the Moon and the Witch’s Blues¬†had more than a touch of heavy blues to it too, and made me look forward to that project’s development from here on out.

There’s little I’m going to complain about less than hearing¬†Ed Mundell¬†bust out¬†Miles Davis-inspired solos, so yeah,¬†The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic‘s¬†Through the Dark Matter¬†EP gets a nod.¬†Impressive guitar work ran a current through Boston duo¬†Gold & Silver‘s debut EP,¬†Azurite and Malachite, but the proggy feel was what ultimately sold me on the two extended instrumentals included there, whereas with fellow Beantowners¬†The Proselyte, it was the catchy songwriting and variety they showed in just four tracks. The¬†He Whose Ox is Gored¬†7″ was likewise modern and satisfyingly weighted, though obviously shorter, and last but not at all least, the progressive sludge of¬†Wren‘s self-titled EP seemed to fly under a lot of people’s radar but was a markedly individual take on a well established form that portended of good things to come.

As with everything, I’m sure there’s something in this mix that I forgot. If you’ve got a call you want to make on something, please let loose in the comments. Thanks for reading.

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5 Responses to “The Obelisk Presents: The Top 20 Singles, EPs, Splits and Demos of 2014”

  1. Dick Method says:

    Uncle Acid, Runaway Girls 7″.

  2. Poop Butt says:

    The Glorious Rebellion, self titled 7″

  3. Pete says:

    Damn!
    Wish we’d sent you the Alliance 7″ split from October with Blackwulf and Black Snake…you can check it at http://www.blackwulfusa.com.
    Happy New Year y’all!

  4. […] “One thing that struck me in putting this list together was the amount of splits included. You‚Äôll notice¬†Fatso Jetson¬†and¬†Herba Mate‚Äės¬†Early Shapes¬†right in behind¬†Sleep… Not far behind is¬†Cortez¬†and¬†Borracho‚Äės split single, which had killer tracks from both bands.” (December 23, 2014. Read the full article) […]

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