Young Fathers are the most exciting band to happen in my lifetime, I’m not exaggerating. New album White Men Are Black Men Too is wonderful, listen to it. See them live if you can.
Really love the new Bjork album, Vulnicura, a standout even by her standards. Achingly personal, innovative as always and especially rewarding to repeat listens. Favourite tracks; Atom Dance, Stonemilker, Lionsong, Black Lake.
Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique’s mini-album Love Is Free is loads of fun, 25 minutes crammed full of massive beats and hooks, I love it. Favourite tracks; Love Is Free, Tell You Today, Got To Work It Out.
Father John Misty’s I Love You Honeybear caught me off guard, I was expecting to get so into this, but the smart-arse lyrics do make me grin a lot, the lavish production keeps every second entertaining (there’s a mariachi band!). And it’s actually genuinely sweet and touching underneath all the the nihilism. Favourite tracks; I Love You, Honeybear, Holy Shit, Cheateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins), The Ideal Husband
Susanne Sundfor’s new album Ten Love Songs may be her best effort yet, dramatic electronic chamber pop that doesn’t hold back. Favoruite tracks; Kamikaze, Accelerate, Delirious
Viet Cong’s self-titled debut is a nice chunk of gritty Joy Division-esque post punk. Sounds really rough around the edges and has the momentum of a freight train. Delivers some lovely walls of guitar feedback. Favourite tracks; Newspaper Spoons, Death, Pointless Existence
Carly Rae Jepson’s Emotion is gaining a lot of comparisons to Taylor Swift’s 1989, which I don’t really feel is fair, that just puts it into the shade of one of what is probably the crowning glory of mankind’s musical endeavors thus far. Emotion is much more straightforward, just seems to solely concern itself with earworms and choruses, and it does its job well. If you’re in the market for some feelgood 80s electropop pastiches, look no further. Favourite tracks; I Really Really Like You, Run Away With Me, Gimme Love, Boy Problems
It’s impossible to talk about Siskiyou’s album Nervous without referencing Arcade Fire. Not that Siskiyou aren’t their own band, but listening to high quality Canadian orchestral indie rock will inevitably put you in mind of the masters. If you love Funeral, you’ll love this really. Favourite songs; Imbecile Thoughts, Violent Motion Pictures, Wasted Genius
Sleater-Kinney proved that nearly a decade-long hiatus wont break their winning streak of perfect albums. No Cities To Love easily falls in line with its predecessors as a fully-formed chunk of unstoppable punk rock brilliance. Sleater-Kinney always sound so bloody important, every album matters, this one is no exception. Really visceral and passionate, this is how you do a reunion. Favourite tracks; Price Tag, No Cities To Love, Bury Our Friends, Gimme Love
The Phantom Band have gone back to their gloomy roots on Fears Trending. Aside from finding the album title really crap, I’m really enjoying them moving back into the murky and weird territory they lived in for their first two albums. Favourite tracks, Denise Hopper, Kingfisher
Belle & Sebastian sound really rejuvenated on Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance (another crap title). For as long as I’ve been listening to them, I haven’t been interested in the new stuff they’ve been putting out, just their classic work from the 90s. But this one adds some upbeat synths to their sound and really seems to have put new life into them. It’s still recognisably Belle & Sebastian, you’ll still get the usual tweeness, but they seem to have cast off their tropes that were getting worn out and tired (not another bloody song about the only indie girl in school that nobody appreciates, Stuart, please). I hope they keep this phase up, it really does suit them. Favourite songs; Nobody’s Empire, The Everlasting Muse, Play For Today.
Other than those I also recommend Bad Love by Summer Camp, The Race For Space by Public Service Broadcasting, Fast Food by Nadine Shah, Strangers To Ourselves by Modest Mouse, Peanut Butter by Joanna Newsom, Lease Of Life by Errors, and Citizen Zombie by The Pop Group.
Some albums I’ve recently acquired and am currently enjoying wrapping my ears around include some thunderingly good emo in the form of The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die’s new album Harmlessness, East India Youth’s second lovely slice of indie rock mashed up with synthpop blended with ambient electronic Culture Of Volume, and Speedy Ortiz’s Foil Deer delivers another agreeable chunk of buzzing guitars and howled choruses.
Of other albums mentioned in the thread, I really love Sufjan Stevens’ and Kendrick Lamar’s new albums. Kendrick, in particular, has possibly made the great American album. How something that long, intelligent and experimental can also so be some much bloody fun is beyond me but I’m having a great time with it. How has he crammed so much brilliance in there?
New albums by Purity Ring, Marina And The Diamonds, Chvrches, Sleaford Mods, Godspeed You Black Emperor, and Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld are out there, I’m a fan of those artists so I’ll need to find time to listen to them all soon. I’ve caught Songhoy Blues, Slug, and Landshapes playing live this year and loved them so I’ll need to listen to their stuff too.
Arca has another album of those amazingly weird sounds on the way soon, don’t know if it’s even music he’s making but it’s great. Lanterns On The Lake have an upcoming album of more electronic-tinged soaring English indie folk loveliness around the corner. I can wait for my pre-order of Joanna Newsom’s Divers to get here at the end of the month and blow everybody else out the water. Kanye, where’s the new album? You can’t just drop a few brilliant tracks and then leave us with blue balls for months, it’s inhumane.
2015 has been an amazing year for music, my wallet has taken a battering, my ears say it’s worth it.