Infectious Magazine is proud to present to you singer-songwriter extraordinaire Nick Santino‘s favorite albums of 2014. Check them out below and let us know your favorites in the comments.
2014 saw the birth of a lot of great records. In no particular order, here’s my Top 10 List as we close out the year. – Nick
The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream
This record is perfect for all situations and moods. I listen to it while driving, designing, flying, sleeping, chilling…just about everything I do has this record playing in the background.
Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
This record is unreal. One of my favorite Ryan records. Has sort of a darker Petty kinda vibe mixed with an older Ryan Adams feel. Overall, a perfect record by one of my favorite musicians.
Cory Branan – The No-Hit Wonder
Cory is the man and his songwriting is unbelievable. He’s such a poet when it comes to his lyrics. The music on this one is really fun and his own flavor of country. He’s one hell of musician.
Future Islands – Singles
Got into this record on the The Long & Winding Roadshow this past fall when a song came on in a Jimmy Johns. It’s almost like if Dracula sang in a washed out ’80s band. It’s so infectious with the perfect touch of strange.
Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s – Slingshot To Heaven
I jammed this record for two weeks straight when I was in Brazil back in May. The songs are amazing on this record but the lyrics are even better. This record opened my eyes up lyrically to truly writing what you feel and not worrying about a line sounding too weird or literal. I’ve realized after hearing this record that the more literal the lyric is, the more honest it sounds.
Pvris – White Noise
This band is about to blow up. Lynn is a really great friend of mine. All three members in this band are insanely talented and I’m happy to share a home state with them. This is a great record full of energy and emotion.
Ryan Adams – 1984
Ryan released this “punk” record about a month after his self-titled record earlier this year. It just shows the multiple styles of music Ryan is able to create and how the listener can fall in love with all of them.
Obliterations – Poison Everything
I heard of this band from my friend Eric. I like finding a good hardcore/punk record to listen to every so often and this one did it for me. So heavy and full of energy. It’s a great kick in the face.
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
I just got into this band this year and instantly became a fan. I love their style of music and I’m a sucker for beautiful harmonies.
Shakey Graves – And The War Came
The first time I heard this record last month I was hooked. It’s the perfect grab bag of songs. Both lyrically and musically it’s amazing.