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:
- Tame Impala – Currents
- Neon Indian – Vega intl. Night School
- Jamie xx – In Colour
- Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
- Denai Moore – Elsewhere
- Mikal Cronin – MCIII
- Björk – Vulnicura
- Panda Bear – meets Grim Reaper
- Health – Death Magic
- Moon Duo – Shadow Of The Sun
- 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:
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.
- Perfume Genius – Too Bright
- SOHN – Tremors
- Beck – Morning Phase
- Capitão Fausto – Pesar o Sol
- D’Alva – #batequebate
- Future Islands – Singles
- FKA twigs – LP1
- Ty Segall – Manipulator
- Wild Beasts – Present Tense
- The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
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:
- Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
- James Blake – Overgrown
- Sigur Rós – Kveikur
- Disclosure – Settle
- Arcade Fire – Reflektor
- Woodkid – The Golden Age
- Jai Paul – Jai Paul
- Savages – Silence Yourself
- Kavinsky – OutRun
- Foals – Holy Fire
I also put a playlist of my favourite songs for the year on Spotify.
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.
- Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
- Twin Shadow – Confess
- Hot Chip – In Out Heads
- Beach House – Bloom
- Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
- Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
- Bobby Womack – Braves Man in the Universe
- Japandroids – Celebration Rock
- The Walkmen – Heaven
- Grizzly Bear – Shields
- Tennis – Young and Old
- Father John Misty – Fear Fun
- The Shins – Port of Morrow
- Fanfarlo – Rooms Filled With Light
- WhoMadeWho – Brighter
- David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
- Tame Impala – Lonerism
- Tan Lines – Mixed Emotions
- The Maccabees – Given to the Wild
- Alt-J – An Awesome Wave