The next order of business as I relive some of my favorite music from the past year is to give credit to the odds and ends that I really enjoyed, but considered categorically ineligible for my “Top Albums” list, either because they aren’t full-length albums, they were re-releases of older material, or they were released in 2014 and I just didn’t catch up to them in time to put them on last year’s list.
The first order of business as 2015 comes to a close is to sift through all of my favorite songs that I first heard this year (or perhaps late last year, and it just took me a little longer to appreciate them) and attempt to put them in order, which as usual starts to get a bit silly below the top 30 or so. Music videos and some live performances are embedded for that first chunk of the list. As I’ve done in previous years, I’ve also got a Spotify playlist that covers a lot of these, limited to a song per artist and more in chronological order of when I discovered them.
Album: Archis EP
In Brief: Dia Frampton has proven herself to be adaptable to several different genres during her tenure with Meg & Dia and her brief solo career. Now she’s trying her hand at classical-influenced “soundtrack pop” with composer Joseph Trapanese, and the results are incredibly promising.Continue reading
Here are my first impressions of the latest releases from The Decemberists, The Last Bison, Kevin Max, Modest Mouse, Neulore, and Sufjan Stevens.
Here are my first impressions of the latest releases from Circa Survive, Björk, The Good Mad, and Archis.