Top 10 Albums of 2015 / by Julia Walck

2015. This is farewell, isn't it? I feel like I just wrote my roundup of 2014 yesterday. 

This past year I saw 106 bands. Granted there’s a few festivals in there, but still. That’s A LOT of music. Let's see if I can top that in 2016! 

Out of all that music, here's my top 10:

  1. Why Make Sense? // Hot Chip
  2. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit // Courtney Barnett  
  3. Currents // Tame Impala  
  4. b’lieve I’m goin down… // Kurt Vile 
  5. Return to the Moon // El Vy  
  6. Yours, Dreamily, // The Arcs 
  7. Multi-Love // Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  8. The Waterfall // My Morning Jacket 
  9. I Love You, Honeybear // Father John Misty 
  10. The Magic Whip // Blur

I've made a playlist of my top songs of 2015 including some of my favorite songs off these albums. Have a listen below.

One of my fondest memories of 2015 was at Sasquatch! Music Festival when Joe Goddard of Hot Chip danced the entirety of Why Make Sense doing a shuffle sort of thing while still fully playing his keyboard perfectly. Of course, they're my number 1. Always will be! 

Courtney Barnett was also at Sasquatch! this year, and she blew my mind. Ever since Avant Gardner, I've been paying very close attention to this Aussie chick. Seeing her play the main stage in front of The Gorge was just breathtaking. Tame Impala and Father John Misty also played that festival. What a great lineup... can't wait to go back! 

My Morning Jacket was a staple show of this year as well. I won tickets from KCRW along with a signed album of The Waterfall, and on top of that they played with Dr Dog and Fruit Bats at The Shrine. It was amazing.

El Vy sort of came out of the woodwork this year. I've always been a fan of The National, and when I heard that Matt Berninger was taking on a side project I got so excited. Happy to say that they did not disappoint. This album is constantly on repeat. 

The Arcs remind me of old school Black Keys, a.k.a. when they were REALLY good in my opinion. Dan Auerbach is just magic when he slows it down. You should check out his solo stuff, too. Mm SO GOOD.

Pretty Pimpin on Kurt Vile's b’lieve I’m goin down… might be one of my most played songs of the year. To me it's about figuring out who you are as a person, and learning to know yourself as you change. I've been doing a lot of that lately. 

Multi-Love from Unknown Mortal Orchestra is just a feel good album. The kind that gets you swaying a little bit in your seat when you listen. 

There's a little bit of electro sprinkled into Blur's latest album. They still have that mellow feel about them but it's sort of refreshing having something different with it. Speaking of sprinkles... that album cover?! A neon sign AND ice cream is almost enough for me to sell the album even without listening to it. ALMOST.