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Laneway best of 2014

Here we are again, it's that time of year... What were our fave albums of 2014? You're about to find out.

It seems like only yesterday that we were rolling out our 2013 "Best Of" list, so it's with great excitement that we deliver our 2014 version!

It's such a privilege to work with artists who create music we genuinely love and we can't wait to see everyone early next for what promises to be one of the best Laneway Festival events yet.

The following comes from the team behind Laneway, those who make it all happen and (hopefully) deliver a festival that makes you want to come back and see us year after year.

Let's kick things off with details of the prize you can win just by getting interactive, followed by some of our favourite tastemakers' "Best Of" lists... with Laneway acts very well represented.

PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES

To celebrate the release of Laneway's Best Of 2014, name your favourite album of 2014 then tell us in 25 words or less why it blew your mind.

Prize details: up for grabs is a double pass to Laneway Festival 2015 (in the city nominated by the winner, Australian dates only).

Email your entry to us at win@lanewayfestival.com.au with the subject line "BEST OF 2014" before 12 January 2015.

Competition Terms & Conditions.

TASTEMAKERS

Stereogum's 50 Best Albums of 2014: #5 Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness, #9 FKA Twigs - LP1, #32 Future Islands - Singles, #35 Flying Lotus - You're Dead, #39 Caribou - Our Love, #49 St. Vincent - St. Vincent

NME's Top 50 Albums of 2014: #1 St. Vincent - St. Vincent, #2 Mac DeMarco - Salad Days, #5 Caribou - Our Love, #11 Future Islands - Singles, #15 Eagulls - Eagulls, #19 Royal Blood - Royal Blood, #21 FKA Twigs - LP1, #24 Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness, #27 Jungle - Jungle, #44 Perfect Pussy - Say Yes To Love

Quietus Albums Of The Year 2014: #11 FKA twigs - LP1, #43 Future Islands - Singles

Paste Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2014: #2 St. Vincent – St. Vincent, #10 Courtney Barnett – The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, #11 Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness, #18 Mac DeMarco – Salad Days, #22 Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!, #24 Lykke Li – I Never Learn, #25 Future Islands – Singles, #26 Caribou – Our Love, #35 FKA twigs – LP1

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2014: #4 St. Vincent - St. Vincent, #9 Mac DeMarco - Salad Days, #11 Flying Lotus - You're Dead!, #16 FKA twigs - LP1, #37 Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker,#39 Caribou - Our Love

LANEWAY STAFF & FRIENDS

Danny Rogers, Laneway Festival Co-Founder

  1. Total Control - Typical System
  2. Caribou - Our Love
  3. Run the Jewels - RTJ2
  4. Lykke Li - I Never Learn
  5. FKA Twigs - LP1

Katie Stewart, Laneway Festival Australia

  1. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
  2. Wild Beasts - Present Tense
  3. #1 Dads - About Face
  4. Todd Terje - It's Album Time
  5. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

Mark Kneebone, Laneway Festival NZ

  1. Run The Jewels - RTJ2
  2. Jakob - Sines
  3. Royal Blood - Royal Blood
  4. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
  5. Aphex Twin - Syro

Travis Banko, Laneway Festival Australia

  1. Perfume Genius - Too Bright
  2. Eagulls - Eagulls
  3. Shamir - Northtown EP
  4. Total Control - Typical System
  5. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

*special mention to Blank Realm - Grassed Inn, Mac DeMarco - Salad Days, Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence, Caribou - Our Love

Emma Doilibi, Laneway Festival Australia

  1. Caribou – Our Love
  2. The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  3. Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  4. The New Basement Tapes – Lost On The River
  5. Banoffee – Banoffee EP

Melody Forghani, Laneway Festival Australia

  1. Caribou - Our Love
  2. #1 Dads - About Face
  3. Adult Jazz - Gist Is
  4. Seekae - The Worry
  5. Ratking - So It Goes

*special mention to Peter Bibby - Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician

Desmond Goh, Laneway Fesival Singapore

  1. Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
  2. Mac Demarco - Salad Days
  3. Real Estate - Atlas
  4. Royal Blood - Royal Blood
  5. TV On The Radio - Seeds

Sophie Miles, Mistletone

  1. Weyes Blood - The Innocents
  2. Grouper - Ruins
  3. Dean Blunt - Black Metal
  4. Moodoïd - Le Monde Moo
  5. Total Control - Typical System

Ash Miles, Mistletone

  1. Grouper - Ruins
  2. Flying Lotus - You’re Dead
  3. Moodoîd - Le Monde Moo
  4. Ex Hex - Rips
  5. Tobias Jesso Jr - True Panther Flexi Disc Series (Bad Words, I Can’t Stop Thinking About You, Hollywood, Diary Of A Showman and Leaving LA). Not an actual album but five amazing songs!

Jena Chupungco, Laneway Festival Australia

  1. Caribou - Our Love
  2. #1 Dads - About Face
  3. Wild Beasts - Present Tense
  4. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
  5. Taylor Swift - 1989

*special mention to Run the Jewels - RTJ2, War on Drugs - Lost in the dream

Audrey Fenghuang, Laneway Festival Singapore:

  1. Elbow- The Take Off and Landing of Everything
  2. Todd Terje- It's Album Time
  3. Sharon Van Etten- Are We There
  4. Nick Mulvey- First Mind
  5. Jungle- Jungle

Dave Goldschmidt, Laneway Festival Australia

  1. Flying Lotus - You’re Dead!
  2. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
  3. Grouper - Ruins
  4. #1 Dads - About Face
  5. Aphex Twin - Syro

*special mention to Caribou - Our Love, Homeboy Sandman & Paul White - White Sands EP, Spoon - They Want My Soul, Mac Demarco - Salad Days

Craig Lock, Laneway Festival Australia

  1. The War on Drugs - Lost in the dream
  2. Caribou - Our Love
  3. Future Islands - singles
  4. Cloud Nothings - Here and nowhere else
  5. DFA 1979 - The Physical World

Nathan McLay, Future Classic

  1. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
  2. Leon Vynehall - Music for the Uninvited
  3. SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land
  4. Metronomy - Love Letters
  5. Caribou - Our Love

Dom O'Connor, Laneway Festival Australia

  1. Sun Kil Moon- Benji
  2. Future Islands- Singles
  3. Spoon- They Want My Soul
  4. Cymbals Eat Guitars- Lose
  5. Todd Terje - It's Album Time

Claire Collins, Laneway Festival Australia

  1. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
  2. War on Drugs - Lost in A Dream
  3. Caribou - Our Love
  4. Chet Faker - Built on Glass
  5. #1 Dads - About Face

Harry White, Future Classic

  1. Caribou - Our Love
  2. Todd Terje - It's Album Time
  3. Badbadnotgood - III
  4. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
  5. Seekae - The Worry

Chad Gillard, Future Classic

  1. Octave Minds - Self Titled
  2. Seekae - The Worry
  3. Chet Faker - Built On Glass
  4. Flight Facilities - Down To Earth
  5. Caribou - Our Love

*special mention to Lone - Reality Testing, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mixtape 1

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