Oh Wonder – Oh Wonder
Oh Wonder how you teased for so much of 2015. The musical pairing of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West released a song per month – each as enchanting as the last – before finally releasing their debut album in September this year. It’s Indie pop at its best.
Favourite track: Technicolour Beat
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
If Indie folk is your religion, then Carrie & Lowell should be your bible. The album is named after Stevens’ mother and stepfather and chronicles the difficult relationship he shared with Carrie – who was bi-polar, schizophrenic and was both an alcohol and drug abuser – before succumbing to stomach cancer in 2012.
Despite how bare the tracks are, the record’s harrowing lyrics are far from easy listening.
Favourite track: Should Have Known Better
Jamie xx – In Colour
If you’re looking for an album to listen to while extremely intoxicated and dancing in melodic fashion with your eyes closed, then look no further. Don’t expect this album to bare much resemblance to the work of Jamie’s group The xx though; one listen to ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’ ought to dispel any such notion pretty quickly.
Favourite track: Loud Places
Belle & Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
Nine albums and nearly 20 years later, Belle & Sebastian are still turning out crackers. After being released in January, it was an easy front runner for one of my favourite albums of the year, however as 2015 went on it never got knocked off the top in my estimations.
Favourite track: Nobody’s Empire
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
If I could only pick one single album from the past year to keep forever on my Cast Away island, let it be this beauty by Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty. The auto-biographical nature of this record is in parts so real you’ll find yourself nodding along to the lyrics, while simultaneously wanting to Google what kind of messed up relationship Josh Tillman has with his wife.
Such was the loop that I listened to this album on between the months of February and June, it’s likely it will forever more take me back to that time. Get it on vinyl for the cool album art.
Favourite track: Holy Shit