2015: A LIST ODYSSEY – ALBUMS
And so we reach the crowning glory of every musical years lists, the albums. Due to me being largely indecisive (and I’m still not sure if this is correct), the list clocks in at 31. It was 30 down from 35 but I missed a good one out when counting, so there you go. I was going to do actual review writing for this one, but it’s already the 2nd January and seems a bit defunct now – time always gets away, the writing will return with the new year I promise – so I wrote a tiny bit about some of them, but I don’t blame you if you shut the tab now either….
ALBUMS OF THE YEAR !
#1. Wild Nights – PINS
Ultimately, PINS are incredible, and having 2 albums with barely a skippable song is quite an impressive feat, but adding in the sheer genius of all aforementioned songs and everything else about them, they could only come out on top.
#2. Sub Lingual Tablet – The Fall
Many have slated this one, many have not, either way it’s the first solid collection from the group in a fair while, and the sheer musicianship is always something to be hugely envied, letalone the musings.
#3. Everything Else Matters – Pinkshinyultrablast
My favourite – and only- Russian based shoegaze discovery of the year, and an absolutely ace one, bordering massive noise with lush ambience makes for an incredible debut.
#4. Another One – Mac DeMarco
A mini album, but none more mini than any other release in content, dreamy and sun sparkled guitars are the way on.
#5. Instrumentals 2015 – Flying Saucer Attack
Ignoring the winner worthy artwork alone, the best kind of ambient experimental space noise the world has seen since they split the first time.
#6. Haha – The Garden
The duo of huge riffs and minimalism strike back with synths, and are even better for it.
#7. The Desired Effect – Brandon Flowers
The sheer 80s tinged pop I always wished would emerge from him, and so beautifully done.
#8.Psych Fuck – Singapore Sling
It’s called Psych Fuck for a start – titles aside though, it is just that.
#9. Freedom – The Black Tambourines
#10. The Highest Point In Cliff Town – Hooton Tennis Club
#11. Depression Cherry – Beach House
#12. A Distant Fist Unclenching – Krill
The second album from the Boston trio hit ace heights, then they split up – such is life.
#13. Syro – Aphex Twin
The Tw(k)in(g) is back.
#14. Fading Frontier – Deerhunter
#15. Neither Virtue Nor Anger – Sonic Jesus
Another beautiful noise assault.
#16. In Colour – Jamie xx
#17. I Love You, Honeybear – Father John Misty
#18. Currents – Tame Impala
#19. Transfixation – A Place To Bury Strangers
#20. Mini Album Thingy Wingy – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Newcombe struggles to put out much of dud content, and this only continues the trend with otherworldly types.
#21. Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane – Best Friends
#22. Viet Cong – Viet Cong
Controversial title, yet a sickly straightforward inmmersable sound.
#23. Surrender – Hurts
#24. To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
#25. West Kirby County Primary – Bill Ryder Jones
#26. Vega INTL. Night School – Neon Indian
#27. My Love Is Cool – Wolf Alice
#28. Illuminations – Lusts
An accidental live discovery channelling 80s spangled riffs and unavoidable tracks.
#28. I Declare Nothing – Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe
A match made in heaven.
#30. How Do You Feel Now? – Joywave
#31. St. Catherine – Ducktails
And there you have it..