Best of Austria – 2014 Pt. 1

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2015 is upon us. If you celebrated 2014 properly then you are probably still suffering from it, and that is the way it should be. New Year’s Resolutions have been made and probably already broken, so here is an easy one to keep – listen to more new music and support local bands! Speaking of local, here are the best songs to come out of the Alpine state in 2014 in our humble opinion (in no particular order). It was an impressive year for Austrian artists as they continued to prove that they can hold their own with some of the best bands in Europe and around the world.

LEYYA – WOLVES

The upper-Austrian duo hit the sweet spot with their hauntingly atmospheric “Drowning in Youth” and they continued that trend with “Wolves”, a hypnotizing piece of electro dream pop.  Get the Drowning in Youth EP here.

Read our interview with Léyya here

AT PAVILLON – LIONS

At Pavillon returned in 2014 with a new look and refined style, announcing themselves as a band to take seriously with the pop juggernaut “Lions”, one of the catchiest tracks of the year.

HUMAN SHOUT – COUNTING FROM TEN

Human Shout make music full of emotion it its purist, most idealistic form. “Counting From Ten” is a track which grabs your attention instantly with its shoe gaze sentimentality and noise rock bravado. Get the album here.

VAGUE – VAIN CITY

A late entry in the list as it came out at the very tail-end of the year. The track’s qualities can’t be disputed though, and their music feels like the bridge between old greats such as The Cure or The Clean and modern day dreamers Peace, The Horrors or Swim Deep. The Vienna/Berlin-based band’s impressive debut EP “Tempdays” is set to be released on January 16th on Siluh Records.

DUST COVERED CARPET – GREY FORMATIONS

Dust Covered Carpet finally brought out the album we have been expecting from them in “Pale Noise” and “Grey Formations” is one of the stand out tracks. Get the album here.

THE BETH EDGES – PURE DYNAMITE

The Beth Edges cemented their status as one of Austria’s best indie bands with the release of their self-titled third album. While “Lonesome Rider” is the perfect sad story of a pop song, “Pure Dynamite” is the track that kicked off their 2014.

BILDERBUCH – SPLIFF

It wouldn’t be an Austrian summary if Bilderbuch were not in it now would it? 2014 was a year on the road for them as they toured with some big names and worked on their new album “Schick Schock” which is set to be released in February 2015. It was a difficult choice between “Spliff” and “OM”, but “Spliff” wins simply because of the audacity of the track.

POLKOV – KAMARO’S SONG

There were not many songs as friendly on the ears as “Kamaro’s Song”. It was the perfect accompaniment to late summer evenings and idle drives through the countryside. Get their self-titled debut album here.

Read part two here

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