Glass Ankle favourite songs from and during 2014

Greg, Danny and Chika have come up with 3 songs each which they thoroughly enjoyed during 2014 and we thought we’d share them with you! You can find the full playlist at the bottom of the page.

Danny’s picks:

BRNS – Deathbed

“We supported this Belgian 4 piece back in May last year and their album “Wounded” has been a regular play on my Spotify account since. I love the big choruses and slow builds into their songs and the fact the main vocals come from their drummer makes it all the better. If you can, catch them when they come over to the UK later this year.”

FOR FANS OF: Everything Everything, Friendly Fires

Band of Skulls – Himalayan

“Band of Skulls had always been a band I wanted to see but never had the chance until Glastonbury Festival last year. A proper rock n roll band who combine male and female vocals, this is the standout track from the new album of the same name. Also check out their extensive back catalogue for some more big tunes.”

FOR FANS OF: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Royal Blood

Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979

“It’s been a long 10 years since Death From Above 1979 released a new album and a wait that included a hiatus meaning new material almost never happened. “The Physical World” was released in September 2014 to much excitement and lead single “Trainwreck 1979″ didn’t disappoint. Their trademark bass and drums combo with Sebastien Grainger’s vocals (another singing drummer!) made it look as if they had never been away.”

FOR FANS OF: Royal Blood, Blood Red Shoes

Greg’s picks:

The Day – We Are

“A track I stumbled across after checking out the Mercedes Mixed Tape (#59) playlist which succeeded that which Glass Ankle was a part of. The Day are a German/Dutch duo who create beautiful music. “We Are” is a catchy yet melancholy piece of pop music detailing the distance which has grown between two people once close. The instrumentation is lush and ambitious, yet their sound remains discernibly understated. Lastly, singer Laura’s crystalline vocals are simply irresistable. Great things for this band are predicted for next year that’s for sure.”

FOR FANS OF: Chvrches, Mew, I Break Horses

Local Natives – Heavy Feet

I was late in getting around to listening to the latest Local Natives album, Hummingbird (2013), but having been a fan of their first album, Gorilla Manor (2009) it was just a matter of time. “Heavy Feet” tugs on the old heartstrings. The song is deceptively bleak, containing lyrics which describe a strong sense of dispondency and loneliness. Soaring harmonies, stuttering rhythm, and undulating piano, synth and guitar combine to create a wonderfully textured piece of music. “Heavy Feet” is a real triumph.

FOR FANS OF: Ohbijou, Fleet Foxes, Beach House

Postcards From Jeff – Awake

“I probably listened to this track more than any other over the course of 2014. “Awake” is dreamy and moody with a driving and infectious groove. Again, like my other picks, “Awake” communicates a sense of sadness, as well as the desire to live a more fulfilling life. I love the way PFJ utilises mellotron flute and strings, which seemingly blend and merge with guitars and swirling synth pads to create a cinematic back drop to his dead-pan vocal delivery”

FOR FANS OF: Maps, The National

Chika’s picks:

Charli XCX – Boom Clap

“One of my favourite songs released last year.”

Pharrell – Happy

“I just keep having great time with Pharrell in my dream ;-).”

(This is a remix version for those who want to hear a fresh take on the song)

Tom Jones – Delilah

“I want to play the drum for Tom before i die!



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