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Bob Coyne - Albums of the Year 2015

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Music is shit nowadays. Or so I’m constantly told by people who make no effort to find new music. Of course, there’s plenty of us that know this to be untrue as 2015 has given us a wealth of future classics. What’s great about this year, and this decade in fact, is that it seems that anything goes. There are no scenes dictating what a band should sound like.

Being the person that handles promos for Soundblab I listen to way too much music. Sometimes a great album can initially pass me by but here’s the ones that I had on repeat.

In no particular order…

Hey Colossus – Radio Static High

It’s fair to say that this band took a giant leap forward with this album. Their second album of the year and the difference between the two is massive.  A truly great alt rock record that should be huge.

Eternal Tapestry – Wild Strawberries

When we look back at the psych rock scene of the past few years, I really hope this is held aloft as a true great. This album perfectly captures the feeling of spending a day in a field chomping on magic mushrooms, an absolute psychedelic masterpiece.

Herbcraft – Wot Oz

I could write exactly the same things about this album as Wild Strawberries. The two are companion pieces for me.

Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People

This is my quirky pop gem of the year. Every now and then a musical oddball comes along and Furman is the latest . Musically it’s all over the place but steeped in classic rock. ‘Hour of Deepest Need’ is Dylan, ‘Lousy Connection’ would not sound out of place on Bowie’s Hunky Dory or Aladdin Sane, while ‘Pot Holes’ is a Barbershop Benny Hill theme – bonkers but brilliant.

Hooton Tennis Club – Highest Point in Cliff Town

Finally a great British indie rock band to get excited about again.  While Parquet Courts go all experimental on us, this more than made up for it. One of the strongest debuts in years.

DRINKS – Hermits on Holiday

Am I the only person that liked this? Tim Presley and Cate Le Bon dabble in Post Punk and Velvets improvisation. The sound of two great musicians not giving a shit.

Toupee – Leg Toucher

23 minutes that blends Siouxsie & The Banshees, Babes In Toyland and Minor Threat. The noisiest album of the year, like being repeatedly kicked in the balls and enjoying it. (I don’t think it has been released outside the US yet)

Viet Cong – Viet Cong

With the band about to change their name due to protests, I’d go out and buy this now before it gets re-packaged. This is the best post punk album in years, sometimes dark and gloomy yet still uplifting.

Wand – Golem

You get the feeling that Ty Segall’s Fuzz project should sound like this but doesn’t quite cut it. There’s equal parts San Fran garage, Black Sabbath and Tame Impala.

And for my 10th choice…

I can’t quite decide on this so here’s my way of making it a top 15 ;)

Lonelady – Hinterland

Even better than her previous album. It transports you to the early 80s, like some forgotten gem from ZE Records.

Kamasi Washington – The Epic

A triple album and 3 hours of space jazz. Like Bitches Brew on acid.

Younghusband – Dissolver

This is so laid back. They get lumped in with Shoegaze or Dreampop but for me there's an early 70s feel to it as well.

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit & Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Had it been released yesterday it would have been top of my list. Having played it a little too much it’s now down here.

Kendrick Lamaar – To Pimp A Butterfly

I’ve not spent enough time with this but it’s true what everyone is saying. It feels like a classic hip hop record.

Torres – Sprinter

It’s been a great year for female musicians, try Chelsea Wolfe and Julia Holter as well (that makes it 17)

Compilation of the year

I really should choose the Liverpool Psych Fest Volume 1 as it’s my favourite weekend of any year and it features new music. However, I’m cheating and having two albums, Cherrystones – Critical Mass. I didn’t think it was possible to unearth any more lost tracks from the post punk era but this is some serious crate digging here.

Another fantastic year.


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Great list, Bob. (I struggled to leave off Courtney and Younghusband...all good though)

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Good list Mr Coyne. Fine work indeed. That Cherrystones comp is brilliant

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Great list Bob !

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DRINKS though was a disappointment for me to be honest. Too much arsing around.

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Younghusband were a major disappointment for me at first as 'Dissolver' was an incredible record but the new songs are great live, so silver lining & all that!

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