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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Favorite albums 2015

Favorite albums 2015
It was as usual hard to put together this annually list of my favorite albums of the year. I wanted to include 30 bands, because there has been a lot of good music this year.

1. Wand – Golem
These Americans really blew my mind away when I saw them perform at the Incubate Festival in Netherlands this year. I like the way their sound shifts from quiet, slow tempo psychedelic drone music to explosive noise and heavy, fast riffs – and backwards. “Golem” is a excellent album, it is easy to choose this as my favorite album this year.
Favorite track: “Self Hypnosis in 3 Days”.

2. La Luz – Weirdo Shrine
There are so many cool songs on this album. I love the mixture of psychedelic, garage and western rock. Consisting of four pretty girls (I saw them on the festival in Netherlands as well), La Luz is one of my favorite girls band right now.
Favorite track: “You Disappear”

3. Ceremony – The L - Shaped Man 
Ceremony is an American punk rock band, and has been playing in 10 years and produced 5 studio albums in that time. I had not heard about them till this year. “The L – Shaped Man” is a helluva decent album. It is easy to understand that they are influenced by Joy Division.
Favorite track: “The Bridge” 

4. Chastity Belt - Time to Go Home
Chastity Belt became my second favorite girl band after La Luz this year, and is not so far away from that sound. I also think about Electrelane when I listen to this. “Time to Go Home” is a great album, and almost every song is enjoyable.
Favorite track: “Lydia”.

5. Pale Honey – S/T
So we have a Swedish band on the 5th place. Pale Honey reminds me of Cardigan's “Gran Turismo” and The White Stripes. I like this very much.
Favorite track: “Youth”.

6. Tess Parks, Anton Newcombe – I Declare Nothing
Since The Brian Jonestown Massacre is one of my favorite psychedelic rock bands, (or favorite bands in that matter), Anton Newcombe's cooperation with Tess Parks could not be shit. Tess Parks has a lovely whiskey-rusty suitable voice that mix in perfectly with the psychedelic, beautiful sounds that I am familiar with BJM. I was lucky to say hi to Tess Parks during the Incubate Festival, and she seemed very down to earth and friendly.
Favorite track: “Voyage de L'âme”

7. Landshapes – Heyoon
UK psychedelic alternative rock band. Great album!
Favorite track: “Francois”.

8. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
It sounds a bit like Parquet Courts and maybe (early) Pavement, and that could not be bad.
Favorite track: “Why Does It Shake?

9. Fufanu – Few More Days to Go
Icelandic electronic, psychedelic, alternative rock. Great sound!
Favorite track: “Wire Skulls”

10. Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
Chelsea Wolf is probably the only artist I listen to in the doom rock genre. It reminds me of a darker PJ Harvey. Abyss contains a lot of great heavy songs.
My favorite: “Iron Moon”. 

11. Gwenno – Y Dydd Olaf
Welsh psychedelic pop with a album title meaning something like “the last day”. Gwenno took me by a surprise one day, making me think “wow, this music is really cool”.
Favorite track: “Calon Peiriant”.

12. The Districts – A Flourish and a Spoil 
Favorite track: “Peaches”.

13. Land Lines – The Natural World
Favorite track: “Limb From Limb”. It is a bit bad quality of sound on this movie. You should check them out on Spotify.

14. Dirty Dishes – Guilty
Favorite track: “Androgynous Love Song”.

15. Ekkolodd – Javel, Ravel
So my favorite Norwegian album this year. I think these guys will have a good future for making great music.
Favorite track: “Nok æn tier inn”

16. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Mini Album Thingy Wingy
Anton Newcombe will never bore me with new music every year. This does not stand out much from previous work, but I really enjoy the psychedelic tunes that are served here.
Favorite track: “Pish”.

17. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
The reason I did not rank this higher up is because of the lack of more good songs on the album.
Favorite track: “An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York)".

18. Royal Headache – High
Favorite track: “Garbage”.

19. Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness
Favorite track: “Sea Calls Me Home”.

20. Jacco Gardner – Hypnophobia
Favorite track: “Find Yourself”.

From 21-30 I have Django Django, Hooton Tennis Club, And And And, Dig Deeper, Built To Spill, Fuzz, Creepoid, Deerhunter, The Smoking Trees and Kurt Vile.

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