Beautiful, slow piano ballads from an old British songwriter. Not a type of thing I expected to enjoy but it felt unique to me.
Best of 2015: 80-71
-80: Bill Fay- Who Is The Sender?
-79: El Vy- Return To The Moon
National/Meonomena side project that has some bright shining moments and some so-so ones, but if you like both (or either) of those groups worth a listen.
-78: Chris Walla- Tape Loops
Apt album title from former Death Cab guitarist- repetitive looping passages ala William Basinski that I can listen to all day.
-77: Bully- Feels Like
Raucous rock that could still be kind of sweet at times.
-76: The Weather Station- Loyalty
Often somber, always simple folk songs that don't really come to a head but don't always need to.
-75: Wilco- Star Wars
Falls somewhere in the middle of their (impressive) discography for me- tighter and more focused than Tweedy's solo stuff last year and as always a great listen, but a little angular for me.
-74: Drenge- Undertow
Along with Protomartyr and Ought, part of a new class of post-punk that doesn't sacrifice the feeling for the sneer.
-73: Amason- Sky City
Swedish pop, and guess what, it feels like Abba sometimes. Doesn't mean it isn't great. Lively and breezy at the same time, like Pure Bathing Culture.
-72: Dan Deacon- Gliss Riffer
Doesn't reach the cinematic swelling highs of "America", but also is a less intense listen overall while still mantaining its frenetic drive and nervous energy.
-71: Inventions- Maze of Woods
More experimental but kind of cold instrumental electronica from the EITS / Elluvium side project. Good for headphones during work.