2014 Albums of the Year: Cousins – The Halls Of Wickwire


The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2014. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with ten records that unanimously wowed us this year.

We already waxed poetic on this album back in May; head there for a primer.

What else to say? The Halls Of Wickwire has only improved with age (though it’s still tough to decide if it tops their previous record). To take a line from the song/vid up above, it’s as deep as the ocean—a tall accomplishment for a two-piece that just signed to their first label two years ago.

The more you listen to Wickwire, the further you’ll wend your way to its core—it’s a little like parting branches in a thicket—and what’s under the howling and dissonance is more vulnerable than you might be expecting.

We’ll reiterate a favourite edict found on Cousins’ Facebook page: “DON’T BE FOOLED BY IMITATORS.” We’ve been spoiled by the Maritimes this past year or two, and we’re expecting nothing less out of Halifax, these days.

-Scott Bryson


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