Best Music of 2015 So Far

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.

BØRNS, Dopamine

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”

TORRES, Sprinter

Key Tracks: “New Skin” (below), “Cowboy Guilt”

Those are the albums I am digging.


(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:

All the Feels: Beach House’s Intangible Truth


Consider this approach Beach House’s overall philosophy—and perhaps why their music taps into the subconscious so well. Over the course of several interviews, Scally repeatedly talks about how he believes musicians serve as mediums; Legrand poses questions like, “Are artists fearless hunter-gatherers of the energy that people need?” But for all the vibe talk, they definitely don’t take themselves too seriously. Minutes after emphasizing words like “clairvoyance” and “fate” when discussing their bond, they’ll start arguing over the validity of Burning Man’s lore of Jiffy Lube sex tents.

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