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:
The Party Line
Perfect Couples
The Power of Three

19. Twerps - Range Anxiety

Fave Tracks:
White As Snow
Cheap Education

18. The Mighty Stef - The Year of The Horse

Fave Tracks:
Milk White Tears
Vampire, Hold Me Tight

17. EL VY - Return To The Moon

Fave Tracks:
Need A Friend
Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
Happiness Missouri

16. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi Love

Fave Tracks:
Multi Love
Can't Keep Checking My Phone
Necessary Evil

15. Wilco - Star Wars

Fave Tracks:
Taste The Ceiling
Random Name Generator

14. Ash - Kablammo!

Fave Tracks:

13. Villagers - Darling Arithmetic

Fave Tracks:
Everything I Am Is Yours
Hot Scary Summer
No One To Blame

12. Euros Childs - Sweetheart

Fave Tracks:
Fruit & Veg
Playing In The Sun

11. Martin Courtney - Many Moons

Fave Tracks:
Northern Highway
Airport Bar

10. Jape - This Chemical Sea

Fave Tracks:
The Heart's Desire
Without Life In The Way
Love On The Crest of The Wave

9. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Fave Tracks:
Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party
Pedestrian At Best

8. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

Fave Tracks:
All The Same

7. Sonny & The Sunsets - Talent Night At The Ashram

Fave Tracks:
The Application
Happy Carrot Health Food Store
Icelene's Loss

6. Tame Impala - Currents

Fave Tracks:
Let It Happen
The Less I Know The Better

5. Toro Y Moi - What For?

Fave Tracks:
Empty Nesters
Spell It Out
Run Baby Run

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:
Laura Dolan
Permanent House Painter

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:
Ghost Ship
Ice Cream Man
My Terracotta Heart

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:
Cecilia's Sister

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:

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 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