A very personal 73 from the first six months of 2015…

Someone pointed out to me on Twitter that this was due, so here are my favourites of the year so far (not, I should point out, a collective Uncut list), with some music to check out alongside nearly all of them. As you’ll hopefully spot, I’ve listed them in alphabetical order: it seems a bit premature to start ranking them. I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few things, too, so please feel free to post your own lists and suggestions at the bottom…

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1 Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (Rough Trade)

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

3 Daniel Bachman – River (Three-Lobed)

4 Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul (Lex)

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

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

7 William Basinski – Cascade (2062/Temporary Residence)

8 Sir Richard Bishop – Tangier Sessions (Drag City)

9 Bitchin Bajas – Transporteur (Hands In The Dark)

10 Bjork – Vulnicura (One Little Indian)

11 Blanck Mass- Dumb Flesh (Sacred Bones)

12 Bop English – Constant Bop (Blood And Biscuits)

13 Leon Bridges – Coming Home (Columbia)

14 The Cairo Gang – Goes Missing (God?)

15 Cannibal Ox – Blade Of The Ronin (iHiphop)

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  • Pretty much covers it, as usual, John—and not much to add. Listening to the new Valet album on Kranky at the mo, and that might be somewhat to your liking.

  • evenko

    Thanks for an inspiring list!
    I would nominate Gunnar Halle-Istanbul Sky
    (sadly, not the Gunnar that used to be an unknown right back at Oldham Athletic..)

  • John

    A great list; it’s been a fine year so far. I’d add Bill Fay and Patrick Watson…

  • Gazelle

    Where is ‘I Love You Honey Bear’ by Father John Misty?