2015 was an awesome year for music. With huge releases from the usual suspects (Adele), surprising comebacks (Blur), the meteoric rise of newbies (Courtney Barnett) to viral music videos (Drake’s “Hotline Bling”), 2015 was a great year for new and old artists.
10. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
9. Alabama Shakes – Color & Sound
8. Thundercat – The Beyond / Where Giants Roam
7. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
6. Grimes – Art Angels
Dubbed the 2015 Summer Album by yours truly, you could not escape Jamie xx’s newest album. The ultimate butt-mover, this album quickly got stuck in our collective ears (ex. “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”). The album also included some softer romantic jams like “Loud Places” and “Girl.”
2015 was a meteoric year for Björk. Between her exhibit at MoMA and divorce from longtime artist husband Matthew Barney, Björk was able to make a pop avant garde break up album. Using her usual natural samples and deeply emotional lyrics, songs like “Black Lake” express the true despair of humans going their ways. Truly beautiful and a masterpiece.
What more is there to say about TPAB? From amazing samples, to historical references (“King Kunta”), to on-point collaborations (George Clinton + Thundercat on “Wesley’s Theory”), it was hard to not get goosebumps listening to this one.
It was hard to walk around NYC this year without hearing people talking incessantly about Courtney Barnett. In a year filled with female pop singers singing about the usual topics (heart break, crushes, etc), it is refreshing to hear existential, nonchalant spoken word about avoiding parties, thinking people are annoying, and wondering what the deal with organic produce is. In short: Courtney is a badass, and I am so excited that her voice is being heard.
2015 was the year of Tame Impala. Their new album Currents is filled with lush instrumentals, rump-shaking beats and trippy music videos. This album has quickly become the de facto chill party jam which is a world of change from Tame Impala’s previously psychedelic-pop sound.
Most Anticipated: Adele