July is here, and now that the fireworks have faded away, we celebrate a full half year of independent music by taking a look at some of the best releases of 2014 thus far. The DJs of KDHX have picked their 10 favorites from the first six months of the year, with plenty of surprises in store.
As we hit the midpoint of another year, here are KDHX's top spins so far. These albums are time-tested 2014 releases that have excited our DJs over and over again.
"It's been a long, long day," Ian Felice told the crowd on Monday night at Off Broadway.
Eerie, acoustic and electronic, "The Highest Love" by Phoenix-based band the Holy Coast drifts and dances, with echoes of classic shoe gaze and mellow electro-pop ala Broken Bells.
Brooding and even a little paranoid, "Soldiers (Snowbird Remix)" by Aussie band the Trouble With Templeton meditates on conflict -- less those wars out in the world and more the ones going on inside.
Some two years in the making, "Let’s Love," the new album from Scarlet Tanager, finds the St. Louis band enriching its chamber-pop sound with ever-maturing emotional and instrumental textures, notably on the haunting, call-and-response vocals of "Place That I Come From."
A previously unreleased track from the 2013 "Ski Mask" album sessions, "Aloe Hills Are Blooming" has everything fans of Islands expect: fine harmonies and finer guitar and keyboard textures, and a sense of romance that's perfectly suited for the summer.