Last week Muruch’s Top Albums of 2014 were revealed. This week we’re happy to share a Spotify playlist of every song (over 200!) from every album on our list except one (by a certain singer who notoriously pulled her music from Spotify). Enjoy!
It’s that time of year again! This year brought us several astoundingly brilliant releases (especially my #1-5), a shockingly pleasant surprise from a formerly disliked artist (#18?!?) and even more shocking disappointments from formerly beloved ones (Charlie XCX, Foxygen, Leela James, Lia Ices, Gerard Way). Here are the 20 albums I enjoyed most this year. Click the album titles for my original reviews. And you can listen to the albums in this Spotify playlist.
Those who couldn’t make it to tonight’s fabulous, soldout Mountain Stage concert can watch it live online for free right now at Mt Stage’s official site!
Kate Miller-Heidke’s magnificent set of vocal acrobatics is already over, but Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn and Janiva Magness will soon take the stage.
West Virginians have an exciting weekend of arts-related events this weekend thanks to Charleston’s Festivall. We at Muruch will happily attend the following:
Friday, 7pm: Hamlet by The American Shakespeare Co.
The Scottish Rites Center, Capitol Street
Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students.
Buy tickets in advance at Taylor Books or at the door
Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm: Romeo & Juliet by The Charleston Ballet
The Civic Center Little Theater
Tickets: Adults $20 in advance, $25 at door; students $15 in advance, $20 at door.Group rates also available.
Buy tickets online, Civic Ctr box office or at the door
Saturday, 8am-5pm: Library Used Book Sale
The Civic Center Little Theater
Free Admittance, books 50¢-$2
Sunday, 1-4pm: Nature Walk w/ Live Music & Art
Sunrise Carriage Trail
Sunday, 7pm: Kate Miller-Heidke, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Janiva Magness & Storyman at Mountain Stage
Culture Center Theater
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door
Buy tickets online, at Taylor Books or at door
Kate Miller-Heidke’s new album, O Vertigo!, features her signature combination of quirky avante-pop and astoundingly beautiful operatic flourishes with a heavier electro-beat undercurrent than her previous releases.
The opening track and first single, “Offer It Up,” uses an electro-gospel multi-tracked choir of Kate’s voice as both backing vocals and rhythmic embellishments. We premiered the song here last month and you can stream it and other tracks below.
“Yours was the Body” is a sultry, trippy breakup anthem. From there, the theme of lost love runs through the rest of the album.
The album’s title track is quintessentially Kate: all quirky, buoyant pop and operatic trills…actually toward the end of the song it sounds like Kate is trilling, running, scatting, yodeling and possibly meowing at the same time. Her vocal range and control is supernaturally unique.
Passenger pops up on the atmospheric duet “Share Your Air” and Megan Washington sparrs with Kate on “Ghost,” which is like an updated “The Boy is Mine.”
The catchy, crazy “Jimmy” is another standout, while “What Was I To You” gives into heartbreak.
The final ballad “Bliss” is delicate and absolutely exquisite.