Outstanding Albums of 2014 You Might Have Missed

Last week we published our “Favourite Albums of 2014” list, where we could cover at least some portion of a whole stack of great music released over the last year.

This was a collective effort by all Arctic Drones staff, so my initial idea was to complement it with a personal favorites list. But going through a lot of other year-end lists, I realized that a good number of the releases I would put down in such a list would already be covered by many other great music blogs and writers.

Instead, I decided to collate some of the fantastic records of 2014 that I believe deserved more attention than they seem to have got and may have gone under your radar. Each and every record below had something special to offer to me, and I was somewhat disappointed that most of them did not end up on too many year-end lists. Although this list is obviously highly subjective and reflects this writer’s taste in music, I hope you’ll find something new you like and follow the links under each entry to follow and support the artists in any way you can.

So here we go, presented in alphabetical order by band name:


ALL SHALL BE WELL – BLAUWGEEL

RELEASE DATE: 04 November 2014
LABEL: Self-released
TAGS: Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Cinematic, Netherlands
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

APPALACHES – MON

RELEASE DATE: 23 May 2014
LABEL: Self-released
TAGS: Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Progressive rock, Canada
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

ARCADE MESSIAH – ARCADE MESSIAH

RELEASE DATE: 24 November 2014
LABEL: Stereohead Records
TAGS: Progressive rock, Instrumental rock, Stoner rock, United Kingdom
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

AUDREY FALL – MITAU

RELEASE DATE: 14 January 2014
LABEL: Self-released
TAGS: Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Post-metal, Latvia
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

BLACK CLOUDS – DREAMCATION

RELEASE DATE: 04 November 2014
LABEL: Collect Records
TAGS: Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Experimental, United States
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

CATACOMBE – QUIDAM

RELEASE DATE: 11 April 2014
LABEL: Self-released
TAGS: Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Alternative, Portugal
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

CLEARCKY – DREAM AS ANOTHER WORLD

RELEASE DATE: 21 November 2014
LABEL: Self-released
TAGS: Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Ambient, Russia
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Vk

DIAMOND GLOSS – NOMAWKISH

RELEASE DATE: 18 April 2014
LABEL: Fluttery Records
TAGS: Ambient, Electronic, Neoclassical, Portugal
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

ECCO – FREEDOM SUMMER

RELEASE DATE: 20 September 2014
LABEL: Self-released
TAGS: Ambient, Post-rock, Indie, United States
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

EUPANA – SO MANY SUNS

RELEASE DATE: 01 December 2014
LABEL: Self-released
TAGS: Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Orchestral, United States
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

FALLOCH – THIS ISLAND, OUR FUNERAL

RELEASE DATE: 22 September 2014
LABEL: Candlelight Records
TAGS: Atmospheric metal, Post-black metal, Post-rock, Scotland
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

GLITTERING BLACKNESS, FALL – UNTITLED

RELEASE DATE: 03 July 2014
LABEL: Electric Muse
TAGS: Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Experimental, Republic of Korea
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

HALO – SONG OF THE HIGHEST TOWER

RELEASE DATE: 06 March 2014
LABEL: A Strangely Isolated Place
TAGS: Ambient, Neoclassical, Electronic, Italy/Switzerland
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

I AM PLANET – SILENE STENOPHYLLA

RELEASE DATE: 20 July 2014
LABEL: Self-released
TAGS: Ambient, Neoclassical, Piano, Slovakia
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

J SIGSWORTH – ATLAS

RELEASE DATE: 29 April 2014
LABEL: Self-released
TAGS: Electronic, Cinematic, Ambient, United Kingdom
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

KIASMOS – KIASMOS

RELEASE DATE: 27 October 2014
LABEL: Erased Tapes
TAGS: Electronic, Minimal, Experimental, Iceland/Faroe Islands
MORE INFO: Website // Facebook

LAST LEAF DOWN – FAKE LIGHT

RELEASE DATE: 14 November 2014
LABEL: Lifeforce Records
TAGS: Shoegaze, Post-black metal, Rock, Switzerland
MORE INFO: Website // Facebook

O – WHEN PLANTS TURN INTO STONES

RELEASE DATE: 06 June 2014
LABEL: Golden Antenna Records
TAGS: Experimental, Ambient, Post-rock, Germany
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

OKKUR – WHISPERING MOUNTAIN

RELEASE DATE: 11 July 2014
LABEL: Honeysound
TAGS: Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Ambient, Portugal
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

PETER GREGSON & MICHAEL PRICE – BERLIN 1-3

RELEASE DATE: 25 May 2014
LABEL: Self-released
TAGS: Neoclassical, Piano, Ambient, United Kingdom
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

RED FOREST – RED FOREST

RELEASE DATE: 22 February 2014
LABEL: Self-released
TAGS: Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Post-metal, France
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

RUMOUR CUBES – APPEARANCES OF COLLECTIONS

RELEASE DATE: 18 August 2014
LABEL: Self-released
TAGS: Instrumental, Post-rock, Cinematic, United Kingdom
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

SET AND SETTING – A VIVID MEMORY

RELEASE DATE: 02 September 2014
LABEL: Prosthetic Records
TAGS: Instrumental rock, Post-rock/metal, Progressive, United States
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

SHOW ME A DINOSAUR – DUST

RELEASE DATE: 27 January 2014
LABEL: Self-released
TAGS: Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Post- black metal, Russia
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

TELEPATHY – 12 AREAS

RELEASE DATE: 05 May 2014
LABEL: Tartarus Records
TAGS: Progressive metal, Instrumental, Experimental, United Kingdom
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

TERRAFORMER – CREATURES

RELEASE DATE: 18 April 2014
LABEL: Dunk! Records
TAGS: Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Progressive rock, Belgium
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

THANK U FOR SMOKING – YOMI

RELEASE DATE: 10 April 2014
LABEL: Self-released
TAGS: Noise rock, Drone, Progressive rock, Italy
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

TIRED TAPE MACHINE – NOT HERE

RELEASE DATE: 19 November 2014
LABEL: Feeder Records
TAGS: Alternative rock, Post-folk, Neoclassical, Sweden
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

TO DESTROY A CITY – SUNLESS

RELEASE DATE: 18 November 2014
LABEL: n5MD
TAGS: Electronic, Ambient, Post-rock, United States
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

TOMORROW WE SAIL – FOR THOSE WHO CAUGHT THE SUN IN FLIGHT

RELEASE DATE: 25 February 2014
LABEL: Gizeh Records
TAGS: Folk, Slowcore, Shoegaze, United Kingdom
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

VIVA BELGRADO – FLORES, CARNE

RELEASE DATE: 24 November 2014
LABEL: Tokyo Jupiter Records
TAGS: Post-rock, Post-hardcore, Screamo, Spain
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

WANDER – MOURNING

RELEASE DATE: 07 January 2014
LABEL: Little League Records
TAGS: Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Shoegaze, United States
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook

YUKI MURATA – GIFT

RELEASE DATE: 06 August 2014
LABEL: Ricco Label
TAGS: Neoclassical, Piano, Chamber music, Japan
MORE INFO: Bandcamp // Facebook
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