Thought about whether to pull this list together as I have always loved sharing my musical discoveries. Over the last year something changed. My enjoyment of music became more personal which lead to me finding myself with a couple of choices. I could be music person A or music person B.
Music person A consistently nudges people in the direction of good music that is out there.
Music person B is judgemental and supercilious.
I try to be Music person A but my ego keeps rearing its head and music person B pops up.
Regardless, I remain a sucker for a good list so here goes. As I type this out, an outstanding old LP from years gone past, the KLF’s “Chill Out” breathes life into my speakers. These are the records I loved this year.
1) Julia Kent “Asperities”. Violin. Strings.
2) Celer “How could you believe me when I said I loved you when you know I’ve been a liar all my life”. The title alone should earn it a place. I can hear the emotional turbulence of Tokyo every time the first hook hits here.
3) Levon Vincent “Levon Vincent”. Sublime melting pot of deep house and techno.
4) Moon Duo “Moon Duo”. Rumbling mellow bass lines. Atmospheric. Crescendos of ambience.
5) Helios “Yume”. Keith Kenniff Part one. Spine tingling synths with edge esque guitars.
6) Anthony Naples “Body Pill”. Blistered out four to the floor. “Refugio” was my electro jam of the year.
7) Alessandro Cortini “Forse 3”. He squeezes so much out his synthesizer. “Risveglio” was also great too.
8) Deer Hunter “Fading Frontier”. My jangly pop LP of 2015.
9) Slow Meadow “Slow Meadow”. Trumpets, strings, the lot.
10) Goldmund “Sometimes”. Keith Kenniff Part two. Shimmering pianos, Nils esque beauty.
11) Leila Abdul Rauf “Insomnia”. Shiny triangles. Darkness. Haunting vocals. Grand piano. Shades of dead can dance.
12) Frahm / Arnalds “Loom”. Two titans combine to make some stripped down loveliness.
13) Eivind Aarset “IE” -> “Return to her home”.
14) Michael Price. “Entanglement” Glistening refrains…sounds to watch the stars with.
15) Godspeed You Black Emperor “Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress”. Nice comeback.
16) Bjork “Vulnicera Strings”. Joyous hour of Bjork drenched in beautifully orchestrated string arrangements.
17) Rafael Anton Irisarri “A Fragile Geography”.
18) Tobias Jesso Junior “Goon”. Vocal amazingness.
19) Beach House “Thank your Lucky Stars”. Consistency without hitting the heights.
20) Jerusalem In My Heart “If he dies, if if if if if if”.
21) Deepchord “Ultraviolet Music”. Submarine techno.
22) Bill Ryder Jones “West Kirby county primary”. Down to earth indie pop quality.
23) Moritz Von Oswald “Sounding Drums”. Gurgly synthesized with a live feeling.
24) Lubomyr Melnyk “Rivers & streams”. The human piano hits another home run.
25) Max Richter “From sleep”.
26) Peder Mannerfelt “III”. Futuristic, experimental. Pitch perfect production with tracks such as “Acid Drop”. Manipulating sound like “DB at holger”. Cool.
27) Other lives “Rituals”. Following the template of “Other animals” only not as remarkable.
28) Floating points “Elaenia”.
29) William Basinski “Cascade”. Forty minutes of pure majesty from the King.
30) Moon Duo “Shadow of the Sun” Rock. “Night beat” was one of the guitar wigs this year.
***31) Tarantel “Mort aux Vaches”. Really important band for me. This was not technically released in 2015, it is a re-release. Powerful.