My Top 10 Albums Of 2015


Oh boy, it's finally end of year list time! It seems like only a couple of weeks ago I was putting together my favourite albums of 2014, and now I'm back here again, trawling through Spotify and identifying my favourites.

I've put together a playlist of my favourite tunes from 2015 over on Spotify - click here to check it out! I've done my best to order the songs in a way that is pleasing to hear - slower, mellow tunes introduce you and slowly lead you into a more upbeat ending.

What were your favourite albums of the year? Let me know in the comments what you think I've missed!

10. Yuck / Alpine


I'm hating what I'm feeling but I'm / So foolishly attracted to you

Alpine are an indie pop band from Melbourne (no bias here, I promise) and their album 'Yuck' is a shimmery, sugary fun time. This is pure indie club kid pop music and I love it.

Listen to: Damn Baby, Foolish

9. No Cities To Love / Sleater-Kinney



I've grown afraid of everything that I love

2015 is the year Sleater-Kinney made their glorious return to music and "No Cities To Love" was a true return to form for the band (although with less songs likely to make you cry). I must admit, after reading Carrie Brownstein's "Hunger Makes Me A Moder Girl" I have a new found appreciation for the band and am so excited to see them perform here in Melbourne in 2016!

Listen to: Price Tag, No Cities To Love, A New Wave

8. Depression Cherry / Beach House


There's a place I want to take you / When the unknown will surround you

Beach House know what they do well, and they've done it again on "Depression Cherry." Melancholic lyrics, lush tones, seemingly made exclusively to listen to while daydreaming on a summer afternoon. There are elements of their previous records here, but it is just new and different enough to keep you interested and wanting more.

Listen to: Space Song, Levitation, PPP

7. In Colour / Jamie xx



(I feel music in your eyes / I have never reached such heights)

Jamie xx’s full-length solo debut "In Colour" is quite different from his work with The XX,  which is somewhat welcome. I adored The XX's first record, but their second was definitely lacking in what made the first so fantastic. "In Colour" sees Jamie collaborate with XX band members but ultimately the sound is all his own, and the effect is fantastic.

Listen to: Loud Places, SeeSaw, Girl

6. Ego Death / The Internet



If they don't know your worth / Tell 'em you're my girl / And anything you want is yours

"Ego Death is both spare and quietly musical, its crisp low end anchored in hip-hop as the rest of the band coolly branches out into jazz, funk, and rock. " I borrowed that line from Pitchfork as it perfectly articulates the vibe of "Ego Death," a gorgeous record filled with some pretty spectacular collaborations.

Listen to: Girl, Go With It, Special Affair

5. Currents / Tame Impala




All this running around / I can't fight it much longer / Something's trying to get out / And it's never been closer

Although this isn't my number one album of the year, Tame Impala's song "Let It Happen" is my number one track of 2015. Give it a listen with a decent pair of headphones and turn it up, it's SO GOOD. The entire album is fantastic, but this track, in particular, is phenomenal. Another fantastic album from the Australian band.

Listen to: Let It Happen, 'Cause I'm A Man, The Less I Know The Better

4. Carrie & Lowell / Sufjan Stevens


The evil it spread like a fever ahead / It was night when you died, my firefly

Sufjan Stevens is a brilliant, brilliant musician. His previous albums "Seven Swans" and "Illinois" are amongst my all-time favourite albums and I think "Carrie & Lowell" is just as good, if not better than both of them. Named after his mother and stepfather, this is a deeply personal album with some of the most exquisite lyrics ever written.

Listen to: Fourth of July, Death With Dignity, Should Have Known Better

3. Art Angels / Grimes



Baby, believe me / If you had every chance / You'd destroy everything you love / If you don't need me / Just let me go

Grimes' new album is quite a departure from her previous album "Visions", which happens to be one of my all-time favourite albums. "Art Angels" is pure pop and I actually really love it! She's copped a bit of hate from armchair critics for "selling out", but I think that this was a natural progression for her and does so brilliantly. Kill V. Maim is one of my favourite tracks of the year and is a certified banger, I cannot wait to see her perform it live when she's here next year for St. Jerome's Laneway Festival.

Listen to: Flesh Without Blood, Kill V. Maim, Artangels, Venus Fly

2. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit / Courtney Barnett


Put me on a pedestal and I'll only disappoint you / Tell me I'm exceptional and I promise to exploit you

Courtney Barnett is a Melbourne girl through and through, and part of the reason I love this album so much is that there are so many references to the minutiae of Australian life: the Aqua Profonda sign at the Fitzroy pool, driving down the Hume highway, and "fair evading down the 96 tram line." Her lyrics are incredibly poetic and I'm so glad she's currently enjoying international success off the back of this album.

Listen to: Depreston, Pedestrian At Best, Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party, Dead Fox

1. To Pimp A Butterfly / Kendrick Lamar




Black as brown, hazelnut, cinnamon, black tea / And it’s all beautiful to me / Call your brothers magnificent, call all the sisters queens / We all on the same team, blues and pirus, no colors ain’t a thing

After Kendrick's amazing record "good kid, m.A.A.d city" he had enormous expectations on his follow-up album, and it's safe to say they were met with "To Pimp A Butterfly." Kendrick's lyrics are immensely powerful and would eventually become the soundtrack to the Black Lives Matter movement. When protesting police brutality, what more timely, relevant chant could there be other than the lyrics to "Alright"? This is an album about finding the best moments in life in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. "To Pimp a Butterfly" is a celebration of the audacity to wake up each morning to try to be better, knowing it could all end in a second, for no reason at all.

Listen to: King Kunta, Wesley's Theory, Alright, Complexion (A Zulu Love)

Those that didn't quite make the list: M3LLI55X by FKA twigs, Every Open Eye by CHVCHES, California Nights by Best Coast


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