More Than Any Other Day
Ought - 2014
Post-punk has always been a very serious genre. Seminal groups like Joy Division and Bauhaus indulged themselves in the darkest, murkiest lyrical and musical themes, and backed them up with some of the most depressing instrumentation in modern music. So when Montreal band Ought released their debut record to near-universal acclaim, I downloaded it thinking that i'd be in for a forty-minute journey throughout the deepest, darkest parts of their collective minds. What I got, was a clear reason why Ought was considered the freshest new band in punk; they found a way to take the emotionally fragile sounds that defined the post-punk genre and turn it into a sort of black-and-white parade. Instead of focussing on the long-term problems of the world, they chose to pinpoint the small victories, like picking the right type of milk at a store. It's the first true happy post-punk album, and brings a fun, interesting take on a genre that has grown stale.
Listen to: Habit
GENRES: POST-PUNK, ART PUNK, DANCE PUNK
Michael Di Gennaro ranks this as the
#6 favorite album of 2014