A very personal top 140...

OK so I’ve decided I can’t wait any longer to let this go; here are my 140 favourite albums of 2015, more or less ranked.

As ever, a few caveats. The ranking is predictably pretty arbitrary beyond the top 20 or so; Natural Snow Buildings, say, should certainly not feel aggrieved to be at Number 140, given they could have ended up somewhere inside the top 50 on another day. I know admissions of imprecision like this don’t do much to foster an impression of empirical truth and authority, but I figure it’s best to be honest about how ad hoc the construction of a personal chart can be.

Nevertheless, there’s obviously a lot of sport and pleasure in ranking so many albums. I imagine plenty of you will be rather sceptical about there being 140 albums good enough to bother with from 2015, and while it’d be disingenuous of me to claim that every one here is to my mind an unimprovable classic, I’ve enjoyed them all and believe they all, without exception, deserve at the very least a few listens.

I probably say this around this time at 12 month intervals, but I remain convinced that every year is a good one for music, if you have the time, energy and enthusiasm to dig deep. That’s why I always think it’s useful to compile lists of such excessive length rather than tight little top 20s, or whatever: I’d like a lot more people to listen to, for instance, Byron Westbrook’s “Precipice” on the Root Strata label, so if I can give a bunch of these things a platform, and contextualise them with a few more familiar albums, that seems like a good plan to me.

I should say that for a much more democratic summary of the year’s music, we have a very fine Top 75 in the current issue of Uncut, compiled from the votes of 40-odd writers and staffers. If you’re concerned that Father John Misty and Jason Isbell’s albums are absent from my list, you’ll certainly find them there.

I’m sure, though, that a few things have slipped my memory, and that you’ll be able to turn me on to some other records I may have missed, so please post your own favourites/charts/recommendations etc at the bottom of the page. Many thanks, in advance – and thanks for your indulgence in reading this…

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140 Natural Snow Buildings – Terror’s Horns (Ba Da Bing)

139 !!! – As If (Warp)

138 Saun & Starr – Look Closer (Daptone)

137 Patrick Higgins – Bachanalia (Telegraph Harp)

136 Alif – Aynama-Rtama (Nawa Recordings)

135 Cat’s Eyes – The Duke Of Burgundy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Caroline)

134 The Unthanks – Mount The Air (Rabble Rouser)

133 Beirut – No No No (4AD)

132 Samba Toure – Gandadiko (Glitterbeat)

131 Pops Staples – Don’t Lose This (Anti-)

130 The Dead Weather – Dodge And Burn (Third Man)

129 Cannibal Ox – Blade Of The Ronin (iHiphop)

128 Lubomyr Melnyk – Rivers and Streams (Erased Tapes)

127 Blond-ish – Welcome To The Present (Kompakt)

126 Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma – FRKWYS Vol. 12: We Know Each Other Somehow (RVNG INTL)

125 Peacers – Peacers (Drag City)

124 Panda Bear – Panda Bear Vs The Grim Reaper (Domino)

123 Wand – 1000 Days (Drag City)

122 Marry Waterson And David A. Jaycock – Two Wolves (One Little Indian)

121 M Dwinell – Golden Ratio (Amish)

120 Follakzoid – III (Sacred Bones)

119 Duke Garwood – Heavy Love (Heavenly)

118 Dungen – Allas Sak (Smalltown Supersound)

117 Aye Aye – Aye Aye (Richie/Testoster Tunes)

116 Tom Carter – Long Time Underground (Three Lobed Recordings)

115 Chris Connolly – Alameda (Caldo Verde)

114 Wand – Golem (In The Red)

113 Master Musicians Of Bukkake – Further West Quad Cult (Important)

112 Robert Glasper – Covered (Blue Note)

111 Trembling Bells – The Sovereign Self (Tin Angel)

110 Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Loin Des Hommes: Original Motion Picture (Goliath Entertainment)

109 Elephant Micah – Where In Our Woods (Western Vinyl)

108 Matt Valentine – Midden Mound (Child Of Microtones)

107 Leon Bridges – Coming Home (Columbia)

106 Fraser A Gorman – Slow Gum (Milk!/Marathon Artists)

105 Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood And The Rajasthan Express – Junun (Nonesuch)

104 Darts & Arrows – Altamira (Ears & Eyes)

103 The Arcs – Yours, Dreamily (Nonesuch)

102 Alasdair Roberts – Alastair Roberts (Drag City)

101 Moon Duo – Shadow Of The Sun (Sacred Bones)

100 Howlin Rain – Mansion Songs (Easy Sound Recording Co)

99 Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi – Cold Moon (Believe Recordings)

98 Mbongwana Star – Kinshasa (World Circuit)

97 The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party (Bronzerat)

96 Omar Souleyman – Bahdeni Nami (Monkeytown)

95 Promised Land Sound – For Use And Delight (Paradise Of Bachelors)

94 Thunderbitch – Thunderbitch (Blackfootwhitefoot)

93 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Paper Mâché Dream Balloon (Heavenly)

92 Gospelbeach – Pacific Surf Line! (Alive Naturalsound)

91 Simon Scott – Insomni (Ash International)

90 King Midas Sound/Fennesz – Editions 1 (Ninja Tune)

89 Michael Chapman – Fish (Tompkins Square)

88 Deradoorian – The Expanding Flower Planet (Anticon)

87 Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There (Matador)

86 Cath & Phil Tyler – The Song-Crowned King (Ferric Mordant)

85 Arthur’s Landing – Second Thoughts (Buddhist Army)

84 Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba – Ba Power (Glitterbeat)

83 Rachel Grimes – The Clearing (Temporary Residence)

82 Sonny Vincent And Rocket From The Crypt – Vintage Piss (Swami)

81 Chilly Gonzales – Chambers (Gentle Threat)

80 Crying Lion – The Golden Boat (Honest Jon’s)

79 Todd Rundgren/ Emil Nikolaisen/Hans-Peter Lindstrøm – Runddans (Smalltown Supersound)

78 Laurie Anderson – Heart Of A Dog (Nonesuch)

77 Laura Marling – Short Movie (Virgin)

76 The Cairo Gang – Goes Missing (God?)

75 Hot Chip – Why Make Sense? (Domino)

74 Colleen – Captain Of None (Thrill Jockey)

73 Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Just Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit (Anxiety/Marathon)

72 Byron Westbrook – Precipice (Root Strata)

71 Circles Around The Sun – Interludes For The Dead (Rhino)

70 Laura Cannell – Beneath Swooping Talons (Front And Follow)

69 Blanck Mass- Dumb Flesh (Sacred Bones)

68 United Bible Studies – The Ale’s What Cures Ye (MIE Music)

67 Goran Kajfeš Subtropic Arkestra – The Reason Why Vol 2 (Headspin)

66 Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch)

65 Liam Hayes – Slurrup (Fat Possum)

64 Steve Hauschildt – Where All Is Fled (Kranky)

63 Lou Barlow – Brace The Wave (Domino)

62 Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp – The Island (Trouble In Mind)

61 William Basinski – Cascade (2062/Temporary Residence)

60 Martin Courtney – Many Moons (Domino)

59 Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal – Musique De Nuit (No Format)

58 James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg – Ambsace (Paradise Of Bachelors)

57 Richard Thompson – Still (Proper)

56 Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love (Sub Pop)

55 Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker – Land Of Plenty (Whistler)

54 Áine O’Dwyer – Music For Church Cleaners Vol. I & II (MIE)

53 Wolfgang Voigt – Rückverzauberung 10 (Kompakt)

52 Daniel Bachman – River (Three-Lobed)

51 Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down (Matador)

50 Sun Kil Moon – Universal Themes (Rough Trade)

49 Dave Heumann – Here In The Deep (Thrill Jockey)

48 Peaches – Rub (I U She Music)

47 Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)

46 Eleventh Dream Day – Works For Tomorrow (Thrill Jockey)

45 Bop English – Constant Bop (Blood And Biscuits)

44 Joan Shelley – Over And Even (No Quarter)

43 Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)

42 Low – Ones And Sixes (Sub Pop)

41 Kamasi Washington – The Epic (Brainfeeder)

40 Rob St John – Surface Tension (Surface Tension)

39 Necks – Vertigo (RER Megacorps/Northern Spy)

38 Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again (Drag City)

37 Neil Young & The Promise Of The Real – The Monsanto Years (Reprise)

36 Meg Baird – Don’t Weigh Down The Light (Wichita/Drag City)

35 Dean McPhee – Fatima’s Hand (Hood Faire)

34 Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last (Castle Face)

33 Houndstooth – No News From Home (No Quarter)

32 Holly Herndon – Platform (4AD)

31 Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul (Lex)

30 Dave Rawlings Machine – Nashville Obsolete (Acony)

29 Kelley Stoltz – In Triangle Time (Castle Face)

28 Bitchin Bajas – Transporteur (Hands In The Dark)

27 Bjork – Vulnicura (One Little Indian)

26 Sir Richard Bishop – Tangier Sessions (Drag City)

25 Bilal – Another Life (BBE)

24 Nadia Reid – Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs (Scissor Tail/Spunk)

23 Soldiers Of Fortune – Early Risers (Mexican Summer)

22 Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers – Seasonal Hire (Thrill Jockey)

21 Sam Lee & Friends – The Fade In Time (Nest Collective)

20 Matthew E White – Fresh Blood (Spacebomb/Domino)

19 Jamie xx – In Colour (Young Turks)

18 Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress (Constellation)

17 Floating Points – Elaenia (Pluto)

16 Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs (Drag City)

15 Wilco – Star Wars (dBpm)

14 Israel Nash – Israel Nash’s Silver Season (Loose/Thirty Tigers)

13 Robert Forster – Songs To Play (Tapete)

12 Julia Holter – Have You in My Wilderness (Domino)

11 Four Tet – Morning/Evening (Text)

10 Alabama Shakes – Sound &; Color (Rough Trade)

9 Ryley Walker – Primrose Green (Dead Oceans)

8 Duane Pitre – Bayou Electric (Important)

7 Phil Cook – Southland Mission (Thirty Tigers)

6 The Deslondes – The Deslondes (New West)

5 Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass (Spacebomb)

4 Natural Information Society & Bitchin Bajas – Autoimaginary (Drag City)

3 The Weather Station – Loyalty (Paradise Of Bachelors)

2 Joanna Newsom – Divers (Drag City)

1 Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (Top Dawg)

 

 

 

  • blackylawless

    I’m definitely not a hip hop/rap fan, though I concur with Kendrick’s latest placed at #1.

  • rubber_samuel

    No Destroyer? Easily one of the best live gigs I’ve seen in many a year a few months back…

  • Jammie Horrigan

    Bah humbug to year-end lists. As long as you’ve added gems to your collection – it doesn’t matter does it? A few surprising omissions/inclusions (to my ears and my ears are all I can speak for) but I may not be cool enough for this schoool.

  • joady

    1. Sleaford Mods 2. The Membranes 3. Sunn O))) 4. Chelsea Wolfe 5. Alabama Shakes

  • Ian James Reynolds

    This is the best list I’ve seen for this year. Ryley Walker’s Primrose Green and Weather Station’s Loyalty are folk psych masterpieces. Jim O’Rourke’s Simple Songs is a guitar/ baroque pop work of genius. I pretty much concur throughout.

  • Gavin Hellyer

    Hello John and everyone else. Well, another great year for music, and I’ve pretty much included every album I heard that I thought should be ranked. I agree that big lists are good so people have more stuff they might like to check out. It’s true that beyond the top 30 or 40 the ranking is not that definitive, but numbering the records is a lot of fun. Here’s my Best Of 2015 and I hope you all enjoy reading it.

    1 Julia Holter-Have You In My Wilderness 2 Sleaford Mods-Key Markets 3 Courtney Barnett-Sometimes I Sit And Think,And Sometimes I Just Sit 4 The Pop Group-Citizen Zombie 5 Wire-Wire 6 GNOD-Infinity Machines 7 The Fall – Sub-Lingual Tablet 8 Shit & Shine – 54 Synth-Brass 38 Metal Guitar 65 Cathedral 9 Jim O’Rourke-Simple Songs 10 Heroin In Tahiti-Sun And Violence 11 Nightingales-Mind Over Matter 12 Joanna Newsom-Divers 13 James Ferraro-Skid Row 14 Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love 15 Sunn O)))-Kannon 16 Bob Dylan-Shadows In The Night 17 Oneohtrix Point Never-Garden Of Delete 18 Godspeed You!Black Emperor-Asunder,Sweet And Other Distress 19 Wilco-Star Wars 20 Flies On You-Etcetera 21 Le Cercle Des Mallissimalistes – Belibaste De Cocagne-Le Moire 22 The Manhattan Love Suicides-More Heat!More Panic! 23 Kendrick Lamar-To Pimp A Butterfly 24 Wolf Eyes-I Am A Problem:Mind In Pieces 25 Chastity Belt-Time To Go Home 26 Mercury Rev-The Light In You 27 Laura Cannell-Beneath Swooping Talons 28 Blur-The Magic Whip 29 Bill Fay-Who Is The Sender? 30 Bjork-Vulnicura 31 Darren Hayman-Chants For Socialists 32 Le Butcherettes-A Raw Youth 33 Churn Milk Joan-Dethroned Hog 34 The Lovely Eggs-This Is Our Nowhere 35 Sun Kil Moon-Universal Themes 36 Panda Bear-Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper 37 Benjamin Shaw-Guppy 38 Low-Ones And Sixes 39 Gaz Coombes-Matador 40 Lightning Bolt-Fantasy Empire 41 Sufjan Stevens-Carrie & Lowell 42 Hey Colossus-In Black And Gold 43 Holly Herndon-Platform 44 JD Meatyard-Taking The Asylum 45 The Ethical Debating Society-New Sense 46 Frog-Kind Of Blah 47 A$AP Rocky-At.Long.Last.A$AP 48 John Grant-Grey Tickles,Black Pressure 49 Kurt Vile-B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down… 50 Hag Face-R.I.P. 51 Robert Forster-Songs To Play 52 Django Django-Born Under Saturn 53 Cloud-Zen Summer 54 Laura Marling-Short Movie 55 Twice Dead-I’ll Love You Till You’re Dead Again 56 Tame Impala-Currents 57 My Morning Jacket-The Waterfall 58 Prurient-Frozen Niagara Falls 59 I,Ludicrous-Dull Is The New Interesting 60 Dr Dre – Compton-A Soundtrack 61 Alternative TV-Opposing Forces 62 New Order-Music Complete 63 Girl Band-Holding Hands With Jamie 64 Blank Realm-Illegals In Heaven 65 Public Image Ltd-What The World Needs Now… 66 Annabel (lee) – If Music Presents-By The Sea…And Other Solitary Places 67 Neil Young+Promise Of The Real-The Monsanto Years 68 White Fang-Chunks 69 Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love-Last 70 Steve Gunn & Black Twig Pickers-Seasonal Hire 71 The Prodigy-The Day Is My Enemy 72 Richard Hawley-Hollow Meadows 73 Deerhunter-Fading Frontier 74 Destruction Unit-Negative Feedback Resistor 75 American Culture-Pure American Gum 76 Scarface-Deeply Rooted 77 Paul Weller-Saturns Pattern 78 Sauna Youth-Distractions 79 Cannibal Ox-Blade Of The Ronin 80 White Manna-Pan 81 Liberez-All Tense Now Lax 82 Public Enemy-Man Plans God Laughs 83 Jamie XX-In Colour 84 The Chills-Silver Bullets 85 Helena Hauff-Discreet Desires 86 The Libertines-Anthems For Doomed Youth 87 Jay Stansfield-Birth & Death 88 Blanck Mass-Dumb Flesh 89 The Dead Weather-Dodge And Burn 90 Matana Roberts-Coin Coin Chapter Three:River Run Thee 91 Warmduscher-Khaki Tears 92 Disclosure-Caracal 93 Joanna Gruesome-Peanut Butter 94 Belle & Sebastian-Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance 95 Helm-Olympic Mess 96 THEESatisfaction-EarthEE 97 Downtown Boys-Full Communism 98 The Catenary Wires-Red Red Skies 99 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds-Chasing Yesterday 100 Ceh-Youth Is Impossible 101 Algiers-Algiers 102 The Weeknd-Beauty Behind The Madness 103 Dungen-Allas Sak 104 Mbongwana Star-From Kinshasa 105 Ryley Walker-Primrose Green 106 Seven Davis Jr-Universes 107 Grimes-Art Angels 108 Young Fathers-White Men Are Black Men Too 109 Hooton Tennis Club-Highest Point In Cliff Town 110 Songhoy Blues-Music In Exile 111 Chook Race-About Time 112 Ibeyi-Ibeyi 113 Bill Ryder-Jones – West Kirby County Primary 114 Obnox-Know America 115 East India Youth-Culture Of Volume 116 The Necks-Vertigo 117 Keith Richards-Crosseyed Heart 118 Heart Beach-Heart Beach LP 119 Father John Misty-I Love You,Honeybear 120 Jenny Hval-Apocalypse,Girl 121 Matthew E White-Fresh Blood 122 Richard Thompson-Still 123 Ezra Furman-Perpetual Motion People 124 Earl Sweatshirt-I Don’t Like Shit,I Don’t Go Outside 125 Kamasi Washington-The Epic 126 Jlin-Dark Energy 127 Ian William Craig-Cradle For The Wanting 128 The Weather Station-Loyalty 129 Lou Barlow-Brace The Wave 130 Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love 131 Dick Diver-Melbourne,Florida 132 RP Boo-Fingers,Bank Pads And Shoe Prints 133 Flying Saucer Attack-Instrumentals 2015 134 FFS(Franz Ferdinand & Sparks)-FFS 135 U.S. Girls-Half Free 136 Kagoule-Urth 137 LoneLady-Hinterland 138 Natalie Prass-Natalie Prass 139 Gwenno-Y Dydd Olaf 140 Tyler,The Creator-Cherry Bomb 141 Villagers-Darling Arithmetic 142 Leon Bridges-Coming Home 143 Foals-What Went Down 144 Promised Land Sound-For Use And Delight 145 Alabama Shakes-Sound & Color 146 Lana Del Rey-Honeymoon 147 Tobias Jesso Jr-Goon 148 Mark Ronson-Uptown Special 149 David Gilmour-Rattle That Lock 150 Protomartyr-The Agent Intellect 151 Waxahatchee-Ivy Tripp 152 Lasso-Into The Lasso 153 Yo La Tengo-Stuff Like That There 154 Jason Isbell-Something More Than Free 155 Deafheaven-New Bermuda 156 BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah-Sour Soul 157 Beach House-Depression Cherry 158 Four Tet-Morning/Evening 159 Dave Rawlings Machine-Nashville Obsolete 160 Container-LP 161 Oddisee-The Good Fight 162 Ghostpoet-Shedding Skin 163 Hot Chip-Why Make Sense? 164 Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba-Ba Power 165 The Chemical Brothers-Born In The Echoes 166 Alasdair Roberts-Alasdair Roberts 167 Carter Tutti Void- f (x) 168 Peaches-Rub 169 Rustie EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE 170 Dawn Richard-Blackheart 171 Hiatus Kaiyote-Choose Your Weapon 172 Girlpool-Before The World Was Big 173 Jessica Pratt-On Your Own Love Again 174 Miguel-Wildheart 175 Nadia Reid-Listen To Formation,Look For The Signs 176 Membranes-Dark Matter/Dark Energy 177 Visionist-Safe 178 Hieroglyphic Being & J.I.T.U Ahn-Sahm-Buhl – We Are Not The First 179 Future-Dirty Sprite 2 180 Joshua Abrams-Magnetoception 181 Vince Staples-Summertime ’06 182 You Am I-Porridge & Hotsauce 183 Heather Leigh-I Abused Animal 184 Young Thug-Barter 6 185 Graham Lambkin & Michael Pisaro-Schwarze Riesenfalter 186 Trupa Trupa-Headache

  • Tanel

    Bingo, I have the same top 2 albums as you, I think that Joanna Newsoms album will be alltime classic as it deserves a lot of work and listening, it is probably her best, Kendrick Lamars music has a little bit too intensive message for my taste, so Joanna Newsom is my album and artist of the year, especially after seeing her genius at concert. And Im also very happy for Julia Holters recognition among critics, but I must say that her album is a bit easy listening compared to Joanna Newsom, although the number one track from Holters album is my favorite song of the year, its fantastic!

  • Tommes Waldhof

    Hi, here is my 100 and something list. Only vinyl and in alphabetical order.

    Marc Almond – The Velvet Trail
    The Amazing – Picture You
    Annabel (lee) – By the Sea and Other Solitary Places
    The Apartments – No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal
    Meg Baird – Don’t Weigh Down the Light
    Carl Barât and The Jackals – Let it Reign
    Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars
    Beautify Junkyards – The Beast Shouted Love
    Nat Birchall – Invocations
    Blur – The Magic Whip
    Björk – Vulnicura
    Laure Briard – Révélation
    Jon Brooks – Walberswick
    The Cairo Gang – Goes Missing
    Cat’s Eyes – The Duke Of Burgundy OST
    Martin Courtney – Many Moons
    Sarah Cracknell – Red Kite
    Death and Vanilla – To Where the Wild Things Are
    The Declining Winter – Home for Lost Souls
    Mac DeMarco – Another One
    Deradoorian – The Expanding Flower Planet
    Destroyer – Poison Season
    Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi – Cold Moon
    C Duncan – Architect
    Dungen – Allas sak
    Emanative – The Light Years Of The Darkness
    Jad Fair & Norman Blake – Yes
    The Fall – Sub-Lingual Tablet
    Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
    Bill Fay – Who Is the Sender?
    Floating Points – Elaenia
    Robert Forster – Songs to Play
    Jacco Gardner – Hypnophobia
    Girls Names – Arms Around a Vision
    Rachel Grimes – The Clearing
    Haleiwa – Wall of Blue Sky
    Darren Hayman – Chants for Socialists
    Steve Hauschildt – Where All Is Fled
    H.Hawkline – In the Pink of Condition
    Julia Holter – Have You in My Wilderness
    Hooton Tennis Club – Highest Point in Cliff Town
    Horsebeach – II
    Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl
    Rickie Lee Jones – The Other Side of Desire
    Stone Jack Jones – Love & Torture
    Kayo – A Thousand Months
    Daniel Knox – Daniel Knox
    Sharron Kraus – Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers
    Kruangbinh – The Universe Smiles Upon You
    The Lancashire Hustlers – What Made Him Run
    Sam Lee & Friends – The Fade in Time
    The Left Outsides – The Shape of Things to Come
    The Libertines – Anthems for Doomed Youth
    Shelby Lynne – I Can’t Imagine
    The Magnetic Mind – Is Thinking About It
    Laura Marling – Short Movie
    Makaya McCraven – In the Moment
    Me and My Kites – Is It Real or Is It Made
    Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys
    Tami Neilson – Don´t Be Afraid
    Joanna Newsom – Divers
    Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs
    Odessey & Oracle – Odessey & Oracle and the Casiotone Orchestra
    Paul Orwell – Blowing Your Mind Away
    Remi Parson – Precipitations
    Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
    Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
    Promised Land Sound – For Use and Delight
    Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
    Pugwash – Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends)
    Nadia Reid – Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs
    Red River Dialect – Tender Gold & Gentle Blue
    The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus – Beauty Will Save the World
    Max Richter – The Leftovers: Music From the HBO® Series – Season One
    Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee
    Joanne Robertson – Black Moon Days
    Bill Ryder-Jones – West Kirby County Primary
    Salad Boys – Metalmania
    The School – Wasting Away and Wondering
    Sela – Anniversary
    The Seventh Ring of Saturn – Ormythology
    Joan Shelley – Over and Even
    The Shifting Sands – Cosmic Radio Station
    The Smoking Trees – TST
    St Germain – St Germain
    Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – Never Were the Way She Was
    Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    Stick in the Wheel – From Here
    Terakaft – Alone (Ténéré)
    This Is the Kit – Bashed Out
    Trappist Afterland – Afterlander
    Trembling Bells – The Sovereign Self
    Triptides – Azur
    The Unthanks – Mount the Air
    Us & Them – Summer Green and Autumn Brown
    Matt Valentine – Midden Mound
    Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down…
    Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
    Kamasi Washington – The Epic
    Marry Waterson & David A. Jaycock – Two Wolves
    The Weather Station – Loyalty
    The Wellgreen – Summer Rain
    Kathryn Williams – Hypoxia
    Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators – Happiness in Every Style
    Younghusband – Dissolver

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  • Ligue Legat

    Screaming Females with a new album? Good, gonna check right now! Is it good?

  • Ligue Legat

    Hell John Mulvey, how are you? I totally agreed in your list about some albums of this years, but I think you really forgot one, one of the best of this year, Tame Impala! Dont you agreed? Haha, that’s it! Cya 🙂

  • mike smith

    Good year for music. Ones I liked not on here: Titus Andronicus, Vince Staples, Waxahatchee, Tobias Jesso, Screaming Females, Colleen Green, Protomartyr, Metric, Grimes, and El VY.

  • Tyler Watson

    I’m officially an old man. This list does nothing for me.

  • James Dalrymple

    Lots I like in this list, lots to check out. For brevity, I’ll just share my number one (which truly bested the rest for me): Julia Holter, Have You in My Wilderness.

  • https://tincanland.wordpress.com/ @tincanman2010

    Otis Taylor, PiL, Josh Ritter, Sean Rowe, Beth Hart, Mountain Goats