NAVBAR

Monday, 14 December 2015

My Favourite Albums of 2015


Well it that's time of the year again, be doing list of movies again during the week.
All fave tracks have links so you can listen to them, well apart from one....


20. Belle & Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
Fave Tracks:


19. Twerps - Range Anxiety
Fave Tracks:


18. The Mighty Stef - The Year of The Horse
Fave Tracks:
15. Wilco - Star Wars
Fave Tracks:

14. Ash - Kablammo!
Fave Tracks:


13. Villagers - Darling Arithmetic
Fave Tracks:

12. Euros Childs - Sweetheart
Fave Tracks:
Playing In The Sun


11. Martin Courtney - Many Moons
Fave Tracks:
9. Courtney Barnett -  Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Fave Tracks:



8. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
Fave Tracks:


7. Sonny & The Sunsets - Talent Night At The Ashram
Fave Tracks:


6. Tame Impala - Currents
Fave Tracks:

5. Toro Y Moi - What For?
Fave Tracks:

http://toroymoi.com/

Full of all of the slick grooves and melodies you've come to expect from Chaz Bundick but with a more guitar based sound.

4. Skelocrats - Bella Bella
Fave Tracks:

http://skelocrats.bandcamp.com/

A near perfect album from the Popical Island supergroup which acts almost as a glossary or summary of all the different indie pop that I've grown to love over the years. Also 13 tracks (out of the 14) under 3 minutes, that's how you do it folks!

3. blur - The Magic Whip
Fave Tracks:

http://www.blur.co.uk/

I wasn't sure I needed another blur album in my life, I thought we were done, how many farewell gigs am I expected to go to? Thankfully I wasn't disappointed and got an album better than I had any right to have hoped for, with plenty of the familiar blur sound we've grown to love but also some sonic departures particularly "Ghost Ship" an infectious slice of 70's MOR soul/soft rock, wasn't expecting that on a blur album I can tell you...

2. Anderson - Patterns
Fave Tracks:

http://andersonsongs.com/

Danny Anderson's debut solo album is like chicken soup for the soul and it's impossible to hide from it's heartfelt charm. The care and craft that has gone into the album oozes out of every track and it's clear for anyone to hear from first listen, a joy from start to finish.

1. No Monster Club - People Are Weird
Fave Tracks:
I've Retired
Late Bloomers
The Severed Head

http://www.nomonsterclub.com/

This is the album that's stuck with me all year more than any other. "I've Retired" is hands down my favourite song of the year and my last.fm page is all the proof you need (170 plays apparently at time of typing!) but thankfully the rest of the album is of a similar quality. It's just a confident, fun collection of giddy melodies, fuzzy lo-fi sounds and is the most individual or idiosyncratic sounding album I've heard all year (also gets bonus points for having a lyric about winning the World Cup in Qatar)


I've embedded this handy Spotify playlist of all my favourite tracks (also a Soundcloud playlist for fave tunes not on Spotify!)



Previous award winners:
2014 - Ginnels - A Country Life
2013 - Sweet Baboo - Ships
2012 - Jack White - Blunderbuss
2011 - Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See
2010 - Lawrence Arabia - Chant Darling
2009 - Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix