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 remarked earlier this year that Doomsquad’s Kalaboogie (named after a lodge on Lake Huron, perhaps?) sounded like someone took a chainsaw to a room full of hippies and wind chimes, and we stand by that evaluation.
These eight tracks run deeper than murderous racket, though; at its core, Kalaboogie is an exotic and ominous dance album. It references trailblazers like Andrea Parker, Death In Vegas and Plastikman, while nesting comfortably in the current electronic milieu. Add spooky, cult-like (for lack of a better term) imagery—the sibling trio is often seen wearing cloaks and wandering through the woods—and you’ve got a record that draws with one hand and repels with the other. Shouldn’t a satisfying album make you feel uncomfortable, half the time?
Check out an anomaly, the celebratory “Head Spirit (For Our Mechanical Time),” up above.