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Rad Releases ’14- Static Masks

December 26, 2014




As the countdown to the end of 2014 quickly approaches we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. Circuit Sweet will be featuring the featured artists of the site with their personal top 5 releases of the year.

In our end of year special we let our favorites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists, their favorite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.



The next take over comes from an artist who is no stranger to our site, we stand by our previous comment that New Orleans artist Patrick Bailey is one of the hardest working musicians around. Patrick is best known for his efforts in LoOmis, however at the start of this year we introduced you to his new outfit and project Static Masks. We are thrilled to hand over to Patrick to find out more about his year in music and plans for the next 12 months.

Here are the albums that will remind me of 2014

Sons of Magdalene – Move To Pain
This album is incredibly haunting. There’s some weird production choices on this record that I really enjoy. I listened to it every day for about a month. It was my go to album to fall asleep to and that’s a good thing.
OWLS – Two


Their first album had a major influence on me. I couldn’t have been more excited for a release of a second one. It helps that it’s great too.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
This is the hip hop album of the year. Incredible beats by Madlib. I wouldn’t  think these 2 guys would go together, but it works in a big way.
Oliver Wilde – Red Tide Opal In The Loose End Womb
Everything this dude makes is amazing to me. I can’t get enough.
Gardens & Villa – Dunes
The song I listened to the most this year is probably on this album.
Arms and Sleepers – Swim Team
This is the most recently released album on this list and the one I’m currently indulging in. I can’t get enough of the vocal samples and feel of this record. I will listen to this for years.
As far as shows this year, I didn’t play any, but I saw a bit. This year I probably saw the best show I ever seen. Paul McCartney saying farewell to Candlestick Park in San Francisco. This was an epic one I’ll always remember.
Other great ones were Volcano Choir at the Fillmore and Owls at Bottom of The Hill. Volcano Choir put on a beautiful performance. Their record last year blew me away and I was so happy to see some members of the band Pele who I dig. Owls were a bucket list band of mine. Their performance was superb and i’m grateful I got to see them play.
My highlights this year were getting to see the shows I just mentioned and a bunch of others. I took a little break musically and worked and travelled some. A couple friends from New Orleans visited this year and I added a bunch to my vinyl collection. I also acquired some new gear for recording which I’m doing now.
An artist to keep your eye on would be Boyfrndz from Austin, TX. They continually put out great records. Their version of progressive music definitely took full form in this years ‘Breeder’. Give it a spin.
I plan to keep myself busy musically in 2015. I lost 2 hard drives in 2 years and keep having to start over, but I finally got a machine I can trust. Early next year I will be putting out a collaborative album with my friend Max who makes music under Raspy Meow. This is something we planned for a while and this year have been working on slowly from 2 different cities. It’s called Thrown Ups and we’re putting the finishing touches on an EP now. I will also put out some more Static Masks music. Definitely something in album form.
A huge thank you to Patrick, we look forward to seeing what Static Masks will be releasing in 2015.

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