Here is what I dig most from 2015 – this is not my year-end list, mostly a nudge for people to suggest their favorites to me. There were a lot of individual songs I liked this year (no, I want to look good for YOU, Selena Gomez), but I tend to gravitate towards records I can listen to repeatedly and wear out.
Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
Key Tracks: “Elevator Operator”, “Small Poppies”, “Depreston”
Beach House, Depression Cherry
Key Tracks: “Levitation”, “Space Song”, “PPP”
Beach House manage to leave everyone in the dust the years they decide to release a new record. Thank Your Lucky Stars sounds like an addendum to me, but Depression Cherry has been murdering me since my first listen.
Purity Ring, another eternity
Key Tracks: “heartsigh” (below), “push pull”, “stranger than earth”, “flood on the floor”
This album is amazing in its entirety, basically the only thing I listened to for an entire month earlier this year. Has the electro vibe that makes feel like you are floating on air.
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
Key Tracks: “Tell Your Friends”, “Often”, “The Hills”
This album is WAY too long, and the 2nd half can basically go in the trash, but the back-to-back “Tell Your Friends” > “Often” > “The Hills” is as good as anything he has done.
Kurt Vile, b’lieve i’m goin down
This is easily one of my favorite tracks of the year.
Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free
Key Tracks: “Speed Trap Town” (below), “Children of Children”
I actually enjoy this album more than Southeastern. He is outperforming and outselling the Drive-By Truckers these days – deservedly so.
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
This album is new to me, but wow.
Key Tracks: “10,000 Emerald Pools”, “Electric Love”, “Holy Ghost”
Phosphorescent, Live at the Music Hall
Key Tracks: “Nothing Was Stolen”, “Down To Go”, “A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise”, “Wolves”
Key Tracks: “New Skin” (below), “Cowboy Guilt”
Those are the albums I am digging.
PLEASE TELL ME YOUR FAVORITES.
(I know I left off Kendrick – loved it, but didn’t feel the need to listen to it more than 3 times).
Here’s a Spotify playlist of all of artists above plus some others: