Ariel’s magnum opus, the 69 minute, 17 track double album was the first under Pink’s solo moniker, and picked up Album of the Week plaudits in The Guardian and Best New Music from Pitchfork. Ariel collaborated with Grant Singer on the lauded videos for 'Picture Me Gone' and 'Put Your Number In My Phone', and also performed a special In Stereo session for Boiler Room.
Watch: Picture Me Gone
Their first release for 4AD, Singles saw Future Islands take the world by storm, as their spectacular live show saw them blow SXSW away, along with incendiary sets on Later.. with Jools Holland and the Late Show with David Latterman. Lead single 'Seasons (Waiting On You)' was named Track of the Year by Pitchfork, The Guardian, NME, MOJO, Time Out, Consequence of Sound, and The Line of Best Fit
Watch: Seasons (Waiting On You)
Lo-Fang’s debut album, Blue Film, was described as “an early contender for debut of the year” by LA Times, and “a brooding, quietly intense exercise in electronic torch song” by Dazed and Confused. 2014 saw Matthew headline a US tour, support Lorde, and feature in Chanel’s international #OneThatIWant campaign.
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The maiden 4AD full length by Tampa five-piece Merchandise, After The End represented a bold step for the band as they delivered what they described as their ‘pop album’. Featuring prominently in Uncut's, NME's and The Guardian's Albums of the Year, the hugely successful move led to extensive tours across Europe and the US.
Teased over the summer to universal excitement, the staggering depth of this collaborative record was eventually unleashed in October. With memorable listening events in churches in London and New York pre-release, Soused is an album few ever imagined possible, and even fewer will forget. A full round-up of the exceptional press is available here.
After signing to the label last year, SOHN’s first album is Tremors, featuring the hit single ‘Artifice’, and released in April 2014. Culminating in a sold out Shepherd’s Bush Empire show, this year brought both critical and chart success, along with an ambitious 4AD Session, as Q celebrated his “heartbroken, soulful electronics.”
The third album by Merrill Garbus, Nikki Nack saw tUnE-yArDs at her most essential, with emphatic television performances on Conan, Fallon, Later... with Jools Holland and live from Glastonbury bringing the energy of the record to life. "Phenomenal (9.1)" in the eyes of Pretty Much Amazing, "daring" to Spin, and "unique (8/10)" for NME, it's a record that continues to surprise.
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