Best of 2015

Is it that time of the year already? In 2015 I changed my music listening habits: I embraced Spotify and almost stopped searching for new music like I used to. Instead of leaning on reviews from online publications I discovered new music by exploring similar artists to the ones I began enjoying. Discover weekly also helped me find some gems, but it keeps getting weirder week after week and I had to start curating it myself.
Still, I feel like the list of albums that I enjoyed the most does not translate the feeling above. Because I listened to so many different things it was hard to come up with a list from the top of my head. But three albums stood out:

  • Tame Impala’s Currents is a masterpiece and they became one of my favourite bands.
  • Neon Indian’sVega intl. Night School was a nice surprise! I think I haven’t enjoyed a dance album this much since “In Ghost Colors” by Cut Copy.
  • Jamie xx’s debut – I enjoyed the xx’s first album but stopped listening due to the overexposure and enjoyed the fact that Jamie was able to distance himself from the band without sounding too alien. I risk saying that his album is even better than his bands previous efforts.

Here’s my complete list:

  1. Tame Impala – Currents
  2. Neon Indian – Vega intl. Night School
  3. Jamie xx – In Colour
  4. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
  5. Denai Moore – Elsewhere
  6. Mikal Cronin – MCIII
  7. Björk – Vulnicura
  8. Panda Bear – meets Grim Reaper
  9. Health – Death Magic
  10. Moon Duo – Shadow Of The Sun

Honorable mentions:

  • Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  • Petite Noir — The King Of Anxiety
  • Purity Ring — Another Eternity
  • Rangleklods – Straightjacket
  • 20syl – Motifs II
  • Sevdaliza – The Suspended Kid
  • Vök – Circles
  • Nao – February 15

To finish here’s a playlist with my favorite tracks from 2015:

Best of 2014

Keeping up with the tradition of the last few years here are my favourite albums from 2014. This year my music listening habits changed a bit: I started listening more to playlists and less to whole albums, I blame Spotify for that. Another thing that changed is that I almost stopped listening to electronic music. I don’t know why, but I’m sure it has to do with getting older… I also went to a lot fewer concerts than the previous, but it’s something that I want to correct in 2015.

  1. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
  2. SOHN – Tremors
  3. Beck – Morning Phase
  4. Capitão Fausto – Pesar o Sol
  5. D’Alva – #batequebate
  6. Future Islands – Singles
  7. FKA twigs – LP1
  8. Ty Segall – Manipulator
  9. Wild Beasts – Present Tense
  10. The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

Best of 2013

Either I’m getting old and too choosy or this year wasn’t that great music-wise.
Looking back at what I’ve heard this year there are a bunch of good records, but most are part of this list, I didn’t leave much out of it, and even these hardly qualify as “classics”.
Either way, here is my list of favourite albums released in 2013:

  1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  2. James Blake – Overgrown
  3. Sigur Rós – Kveikur
  4. Disclosure – Settle
  5. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  6. Woodkid – The Golden Age
  7. Jai Paul – Jai Paul
  8. Savages – Silence Yourself
  9. Kavinsky – OutRun
  10. Foals – Holy Fire

I also put a playlist of my favourite songs for the year on Spotify.

Best of 2012

Like every end of the year in the past ten years or so, I took some time to compile my list of favourite albums.
This year I decided to make an ordered list of 20 noteworthy records. The Dirty Projectors take the throne since I think that album really stands out from the rest.

  1. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
  2. Twin Shadow – Confess
  3. Hot Chip – In Out Heads
  4. Beach House – Bloom
  5. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  6. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
  7. Bobby Womack – Braves Man in the Universe
  8. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  9. The Walkmen – Heaven
  10. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  11. Tennis – Young and Old
  12. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
  13. The Shins – Port of Morrow
  14. Fanfarlo – Rooms Filled With Light
  15. WhoMadeWho – Brighter
  16. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
  17. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  18. Tan Lines – Mixed Emotions
  19. The Maccabees – Given to the Wild
  20. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave