I never know what will catch my interest musically in a given year, and 2015 was no exception. The Purity Ring record hit me at just the right time. It soundtracked my wife and I’s move to Williamsburg and was the soundtrack to my commute for at least 2 months – I was also heavily into Run The Jewels 2 around this time, which I snoozed on last year.
The release of the Phosphorescent live record was a pleasant surprise, as I was at the shows it is culled from. Jason Isbell continues to hit it out of the park. His new record contains some of his best material yet. I still need to study Chris Stapleton’s Wikipedia page, but man oh man, what. a. record.
Kurt Vile had one of the most solid records of the year, which I enjoyed more than Wakin on a Pretty Daze, his previous. Courtney Barnett was possibly the buzziest artist in NYC, and deservedly so. The tunes sound so effortless. Same with BØRNS, who seemingly came out of nowhere and released the new MGMT record we’ve all been waiting for.
Two of the consensus best records of the year were Kendrick and Jamie XX. I didn’t spin either one of them a ton of times, but I enjoyed them. I have a soft spot for Panda Bear, and tend to listen to his records while I work.
The Weeknd released a decent record, nowhere near as good as anything previous, but with some brilliant moments. I feel kinda the same way about Sufjan’s latest. Was really good, but didn’t make me lose my mind – although “Eugene” is a perfect song.
The Carly Rae Jepsen record is weirdly awesome. Seriously, give it a listen. The 1st of Beach House’s 2 records from 2015 is ethereal.
Purity Ring – another eternity
Key Tracks: “heartsigh” (below), “push pull”, “stranger than earth”, “flood on the floor”
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometime I Just Sit
Key Tracks: “Elevator Operator”, “Small Poppies”, “Depreston”
Beach House – Depression Cherry
Key Tracks: “Levitation”, “Space Song”, “PPP”
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Key Tracks: “Tennessee Whiskey”, “Whiskey and You”
BØRNS – Dopamine
Key Tracks: “10,000 Emerald Pools”, “Electric Love”, “Holy Ghost”
Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
Key Tracks: “Speed Trap Town”, “Children of Children”
Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
Key Tracks: “Gimmie Love”, “All That”, “Boy Problems”
Phosphorescent – Live at the Music Hall
Key Tracks: “Nothing Was Stolen”, “Down To Go”, “A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise”, “Wolves”
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
Key Tracks: “Eugene”
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
Key Tracks: “Tell Your Friends”, “Often”, “The Hills”
Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Key Tracks: “Boys Latin”
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Key Tracks: “How Much a Dollar Cost”, “Mortal Man”
Kurt Vile – believe I’m going down
Key Tracks: “Pretty Pimpin'”