Best Music 2015

December 11, 2015 § 1 Comment

It’s that favorite time of year when all the critics publish their end of year lists for best albums of 2015. So here goes my list.

Vinyl Williams, “Into” (Post Everything)

The grandson of film composer John Williams. Certainly, for me, the most innovative and audacious album of the year. His Ep is even better.

 

 

Brilliant, rapturous pop. She wrote all the songs, played all the instruments and produced this all in her home studio.

Grimes “Art Angels” (Art Pop)

Brilliant, rapturous pop. She wrote all the songs, played all the instruments and produced this all in her home studio.

 

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Viet Cong – “Self-Titled” (Post Rock)

Invigorating and original post rock.

 

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Bad Bad Hats – “Psychic Reader” (Indie Rock)

An exuberant first record from a Minneapolis group.

 

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Paper Dollhouse – “Aeonflower”  (Dark, occult, post-punk, avant-garde)

This is a mental space few artists dare to investigate.

 

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No Joy – “More Faithful” (Shoegaze)

There’s a lot of this genre being recorded these days but its rarely done this well.

 

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Drenge – “Undertow” (Actual Rock)

So great to hear real guitars not being run through synth programs.

 

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David Chesky – “Jazz in the New Harmonic” (Modal Jazz)

 

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Jessica Pratt – “Self Titled” (New Folk)

A voice so pure it overcomes my general aversion to this genre.

 

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Larry Gus – “I Need New Eyes” (Avant-Pop)

 

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Sun Kil Moon – “Universal Themes” (Americana)

Compelling arrangements and fabulous storytelling. One of his best yet.

 

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C. Duncan – “Architect” (Dreampop)

This Glaswegian is a classically trained composer who finds a large space of his own.

 

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Maya Jane Coles – “Comfort” (EDM)

A female DJ who brings in a host of amazing backup singers not unlike Massive Attack.

 

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Dan Deacon – “Glass Riffer” (Avant-garde electronica? Performance art? Maximalism?)

Headphones please.

 

 

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