How Good Was The Year (in music) - 2015?

I’ve never got into Sparks and was only mildly interested in what Franz Ferdinand did after their debut but what a fantastic single this is

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Other than those mentioned (Low, Ought, Gilla Band, Preoccupations)

Honourable mentions:

Rolo Tomassi – Grievances

BC Camplight – How to Die in the North

TRAAMS – Modern Dancing

Self Defense Family – Heaven Is Earth

Hey Colossus – Radio Static High

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A few others of interest to me during the year:

I was initially excited at the prospect of a new Juliana Hatfield Three album in 2015, but I thought it was only ok. Had its moments though.

I enjoyed the Swervedriver comeback album, I Wasn’t Born To Lose You

The Wave Pictures’ album, Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon, with Billy Childish on production was a good combination.

I liked Shopping’s spiky, poppy, punky record, Why Choose

And Sauna Youth in a similar vein to Shopping

Nominating album Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld - Never Were The Way She Was

There were many other great albums this year but I have a soft spot for this record as this was probably the first time I really appreciated how much I could enjoy a couple of instruments being pushed to create records outside of traditional song structures, and whilst that’s maybe more indicative of where I was at the time than the record being a pusher of boundaries, I still think it’s a great listen.

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Not forgotten about this, just never have the time I hope to spend going through some of the year’s music. Going to make the polls shortly, last call for any nominations.

My own track nomination is this EEK - Kahraba, a song that bowled me over in 2015 as it sounded like very little I’d heard before and still haven’t heard much like it since. Possibly the most annoying thing you’ve ever heard, but this hyper-intense 8-bit chiptune Arabic rave banger moves me in ways very little else does.

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Don’t think I did a ton of re-listening for this one, maybe the year was too recent. Still should post a top # or something. There was a lot of good stuff that year, some stuff I liked a lot at the time that has already fallen down the list of course.

As usual, polls will be open until I find time, minimum a few days.

DiS’s Favourite Albums of 2015 (can choose up to 3)

  • Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
  • Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
  • Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness
  • Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa
  • Joanna Newsom - Divers
  • Cheatahs - Mythologies
  • CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
  • Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, Girl
  • Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated at Last
  • Outfit - Slowness
  • Grimes - Artangels
  • Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
  • The Chills - Silver Bullets
  • earl sweatshirt - i don’t like shit, i don’t go outside
  • Bjork - Vulnicura
  • Everything Everything - Get to Heaven
  • Kurt Vile - B’lieve I’m goin down
  • U.S. Girls - Half Free
  • Kamasi Washington - The Epic
  • Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile
  • Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
  • Deafheaven - New Bermuda
  • Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
  • 2814 - 新​し​い​日​の​誕​生 Birth of a New Day
  • Viet Cong — Viet Cong
  • The Icarus Line – All Things Under Heaven
  • Kathryn Joseph - Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I’ve Spilled
  • Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
  • Neon Indian - Vega Intl Night School
  • Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  • Low - Ones And Sixes
  • Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld - Never Were The Way She Was
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DiS’s Favourite Songs of 2015 (can choose up to 3)

  • Carly Rae Jepsen - Run Away With Me
  • Jlin - Unknown Tongues
  • SOPHIE - Just Like We Never Said Goodbye
  • Joanna Newsom - Divers
  • Viet Cong - Continental Shelf
  • Hot Chip - Need You Now
  • Little Mix - Black Magic
  • Meilyr Jones - How To Recognise A Work Of Art
  • Deafheaven - Baby Blue
  • Sufjan Stevens - No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross
  • Nicole Dollanganger - Angels of Porn II
  • Twerps - Back to You
  • Joanna Newsom - Time, As a Symptom
  • Grimes — Kill v Maim
  • Chromatics - Shadow
  • Gilla Band – Paul
  • Happyness - Weird Little Birthday Girl
  • Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian At Best
  • Blanck Mass - Loam
  • The Unthanks - Mount The Air
  • EEK - Kahraba
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Overall Rating (out of 10) for 2015

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So few songs! There’s heaps of others I’d’ve liked to’ve seen included.

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Same, but the poll is no less fallible than any other democratic process!

Regardless, the real thread is the songs we shared along the way, and that doesn’t need to stop with the vote, so feel free to keep posting great tunes from the years in these threads!

Here’s a few more from me:

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:raised_hands:

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Run Away With Me is literally 10/10. This is pop perfection!

deep-blue!

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Bugger @Owensmaterob for not nominating Clearest Blue!

Really surprised that there’s been no mention of (or did I miss it?):

Young Fathers — Still Running

Plus a few others that made my list for the year:

Health — Stone fist

The Go! Team — The Scene Between

Nadine Shah — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiZs5RGcTMg

Ringo Deathstarr — Guilt

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damn, i really fell off this thread. I might take the position that Clearest Blue is clearly the best song of 2015, and indeed the subsequent decade, and needs no nomination…

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it’s pretty damn good, no argument there.

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First Alex G album I heard. Really like these two.

In 2015 I wasn’t nearly as invested in new music as I am today, so enjoying using this chance to find things that would maybe be on my radar today but passed me by at the time:

  • Kora and cello - hard not to love. I’ve enjoyed later collaborations these two have done but I didn’t realise they had history.
  • I can’t read this artist name in any voice other than Toast of London, but he’s actually a Lisbon-based rapper originally from Guinea-Bissau. Enjoyed this, a bit like a Portuguese mix of MIKE, Roots Manuva and .clipping.
  • Sahra Halgan’s album earlier this year got a lot of love in the New Releases thread, but the Somaliland activist’s album from 2015 with a couple of French musicians sounds just as good, falling somewhere in between the driving Tuareg desert blues and snaking Ethiojazz.
  • “Italian Afro-Futurist beatmaker” DJ Khalab (who would go on to collaborate with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Moses Boyd and Yazz Ahmed) teamed up here with Malian griot master Baba Sissoko for an album fusing traditiona Mande` music with electronic production.
  • Probably the best K-Pop I’ve heard.
  • Very good Arabic folk-pysch-rock.
  • Again, I came later to milo and Kenny Segal, so was pleased to find they were collaborating on fine material this far back. E L U C I D, Open Mike Eagle and Hemlock Ernst amongst the guests on this album.
  • At the other end of the didn’t know about, I didn’t realise Blacklaicious had released anything after The Craft in 2005, so this was a nice surprise. Not their best work but I still had fun.
  • 2 hour prog-jazz epic tribute to the movie Vertigo. Compelling stuff.
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Your username sounds familiar to me. Did you post on the old board too?

The best live version of Clearest Blue is this one (for a virtual festival called Splendour in the Grass XR in 2021). They never sounded more bombastic (in a good way) and powerful.

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I’m not far off my 20th DiS birthday. I was there in the days when you were fighting the good fight on behalf of Garbage.