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New Music : Favourite EP / Albums of 2015

Discussion in 'Music' started by taffy2207, Dec 10, 2015.
  1. taffy2207
    OK, so 2015 is nearly over, so what are your favourite *NEW  EP / Albums released in 2015?
    * No Compilations or remasters of old classics, please
    Here's mine (in Order) :-
    Pillars In The Sky - What Became Of The Kingdom
    Take One Car - Everyone You Know Is Here Right Now
    Kauan - Sorni Nai
    Sun Preachers - Walking Towards The Tower
    August Burns Red - Found In Far Away Places
    Earthside - A Dream In Static
    Elementals - I'm Not Here, I'm Not Real
    Retinwaav - Ephemeris
    misty9 - Unite (EP)
    Shining - International Blackjazz Society
    Clutch - Psychic Warfare
    Scale The Summit - V
    Echo tail - King Defeatism
    Your Army - Sicker Than Us
    Toundra - IV
    Midas Fall - The Menagerie Inside
    The Unravelling - Tear A Hole In The Collective Eye
    Vola - Inmazes
    Bird & Fish - Islands
    Vintage Trouble - 1 Hopeful Rd.
    Low - Ones And Sixes
    Dead poet Society - AXIOM
    Our Lost Infantry - Interregum
    North Of Here - Make Hay While The Sun Shines
    Their Dogs Were Astronauts - Earthkeeper
    Butch Walker - Afraid Of Ghosts
    Captains of Sea and War - Captains of Sea and War
    CONTRΔSTS - Recluse
    Dead Fretts - The First Report
    Rukas - Futurescape
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  2. WraithApe
    Top 10 roughly, pretty much all electronic:
    Squarepusher - Damogen Furies
    Rival Consoles - Howl
    Kangding Ray - Cory Arcane
    Vril - Portal
    Special Request - Modern Warfare
    Clark - Flame Rave
    FKA Twigs - M3LL155X
    The Fear Ratio - Refuge of a Twisted Soul
    Artefakt - The Fifth Planet
    Kuedo - Assertion of a Surrounding Presence
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  3. TRapz
    Chvrches - Every Open Eye
    Imagine Dragons - Smoke + Mirrors
    Twenty One Pilots - Blurryface
    Foo Fighters - Saint Cecilia
    My favorite of the year would have to be Every Open Eye. Chvrches kept the same sound, but really improved upon their music, far beyond what I expected. Imagine Dragons had a great album as well, leaning more towards synthpop than their previous album. Blurryface was somewhat disappointing after Vessel, but still a great album; just a bit different. I felt that Saint Cecilia was good, and is one of my favorites of the year, but was not as good as previous albums; it kept more of the Sonic Highways sound, which was just okay in my opinion.
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  4. TexasBuck
    These are the albums I would recommend from 2015:
    1)  Wolf Alice / My Love is Cool - Hands down my favorite album of the year.  So diverse but so good.  Can't wait to hear what they do next
    2)  Iron Maiden / The Book Of Souls - Couldn't ask for anything better at this stage in their great career.  Classic Maiden but still evolving.
    3)  Foals / What Went Down - I was never a big fan but I really like this one.  They have a bit more of an edge on this album
    4)  Drenge / Undertow - Interesting band.  Music reminds me of grunge but the vocals sound more like Kaiser Chiefs at times
    5)  Sleater-Kenney / No Cities To Love - They've been around for years but this is my first album by them.  Good stuff.
    6)  Courtney Barnett / Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit - Lyrically, this is fantastic.  Music is just OK.
    7)  Silversun Pickups / Better Nature - Not as good as the last couple but still very solid.
    8)  Veruca Salt / Ghost Notes - Very surprising and strong comeback album.  I think it's more solid, top to bottom, than their 90's albums.
    9)  Viet Cong / Vietcong - Can be abrasive at times but an interesting listen.
    10) Muse / Drones - I've been very disappointed with their direction on the last couple albums but this one has some signs of life.  Lyrics are too political for my tastes but the music rocks.
    11) Traams / Modern Dancing - Post punk revival type stuff with some catchy hooks. 
    12) Chvrches - Every Open Eye - I like the debut album much better but not a bad follow up
    13) Foo Fighters - Saint Cecila (EP) - I thought Sonic Highways was very average and this is a step in the right direction.
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  5. TRapz
    As much as I love Muse, I was very disappointed with Drones. The lyrics were incredibly poorly done in my opinion. The music, as you've said, was a great step in the right direction, but the lyrics really brought it down.
  6. WraithApe
    Listening to this Foals album right now; it's really good actually... very solid album - cheers for the heads up! I've heard of them before but not a band I ever really thought of checking out. This album puts me in mind of Grand National and even Interpol at times.
    Gonna give the new Maiden album a spin too off the back of your recommendation. I'm a long-time fan (went to see them live last year) but Seventh Son is really the last great album as far as I'm concerned. Be interesting to see how this new one stacks up.
    It's good to read these rock recommendations from everyone. I must admit I've largely given up trying to find new guitar-based music these days as I just find so much of it mediocre (at best), especially when I compare them with favourites from years gone by.
  7. TexasBuck
    Glad I was able to help with Foals.  It really surprised me with how good it was.  Funny you should mention them sounding a bit like Interpol at times:  Interpol is my favorite post 2000 band.
    Seventh Son is my favorite Maiden album.  "Book of Souls" isn't as good but I'm amazed they can put out something this good after 35 years as a band.  I also liked "A Matter Of Life and Death" quite a bit.
    I agree with you that quality guitar based rock is hard to find these days.  I've had to adapt my tastes towards the "Indie" genre to stay somewhat current.  Deftones and Queens of the Stone Age are the only heavier bands that I really look forward to hearing new stuff from.  Occasionally, older bands like Maiden or Rush will surprise me. 
  8. WraithApe
    With you on Deftones - though preferred Diamond Eyes to Koi No Yokan. I also thought Pixies' latest was a decent effort - not up to the standards of peak-time Pixies obviously, but some really great songs like 'Silver Snail' on that album. My interest in Rush ends with Power Windows to be honest with you. Signals is my favourite album and I can't imagine them getting anywhere close to that again!
  9. TexasBuck
    I have the Pixies last album but it's buried in my extensive backlog of albums I haven't heard yet.  I'll have to bump up it's priority.  I wasn't expecting much after such a long hiatus.  
    Signals and Grace Under Pressure are 1A and 1B for me on Rush.  Rush lost me after Power Windows too but I'm a big fan of Snakes and Arrows (2007) and Clockwork Angels (2012).
  10. TJ Elite
    There are so many… And it's hard to remember what came out this year. But here are some that come to mind.
    2814 - 新しい日の誕生
    The Electric Witch - NEScapism II: NEScaper!
    EmpathP - A Wicked Girl and a Tin Boy
    HKE - Sleeping Angel
    Kauan - Sorni Nai
    Kenneth Kirschner - Compressions & Rarefactions
    Kimonono - Kimonono I
    Lee Anthony Norris & Porya Hatami - The Longing Daylight
    LukHash - THE OTHER SIDE
    Max Richter - Sleep

    Miyuki - EP9
    MY - Fog of War
    My cousin's new album!
    The Necks - Vertigo
    nostraightanswer (Kenji-B) - RE: idle thoughts
    Renjā - Kokoro
    Rocococo - ep élégant
    Shima33 - Museum
    Siavash Amini - Subsiding
    Siavash Amini & Heinali - When No Wind Whirled
    Steinbrüchel - Parallel Landscapes
    Symbion Project - Semiotic
    t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者 - 信仰
    Yayati - 000
    Yuya Ota - Zion
    憂鬱 - 魂のための歌
    憂鬱 - 睡眠
    桜の下で - 悲しみモニュメント
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  11. moriez
    As always just a few standouts:
    israel nash - silver season
    nadia reid - listen to formation, look for the signs
    the paper kites - twelvefour
    discoverer - in collection
    lake people - purposely uncertain field +remixes
    ole biege - kokolotte
    porn sword tobacco - magnifik botanik
    Honourable mentions:
    a pleasure - jream house
    body-san - corporate interiors
    conforce - travelogue
    martin nonstatic - granite
    operation midnight climax - operation midnight climax
    tullia benedicta - anteros 
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  12. brianvrk
    No mention of To Pimp A Butterfly yet? Kendrick absolutely killed it with this album. The depth of his lyrics and style was just incredible. That CD has even earned him 11 Grammy nominations and critical acclaim. Its my top pick for album of the year.
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  13. metalsonata
    I've got a top 50, and it looks like this:
    50. Hop Along: Painted Shut
    49. Riverside: Love, Fear and the Time Machine
    48. Blazon Stone: No Sign of Glory
    47. Freedom Hawk: Into Your Mind
    46. Paradise Lost: The Plague Within
    45. Junkie XL: Mad Max: Fury Road
    44. 2814: 新しい日の誕生
    43. Arcane: Known - Learned
    42. Toby Fox: Undertale
    41. Tame Impala: Currents
    40. Kamasi Washington: The Epic
    39. Shape of Despair: Monotony Fields
    38. Susanne Sundfør: Ten Love Songs
    37. Kauan: Sorni Nai
    36. Vince Staples: Summertime '06
    35. Grimes: Art Angels
    34. Jamie xx: In Colour
    33. Agusa: Två
    32. Deafheaven: New Bermuda
    31. The Dear Hunter: Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise
    30. Baroness: Purple
    29. Leprous: The Congregation
    28. Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
    27. William Parker: For Those Who Are, Still
    26. Sacri Monti: Sacri Monti
    25. Misþyrming: Söngvar elds og óreiðu
    24. Magic Pie: King for a Day
    23. Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love
    22. A Forest of Stars: Beware the Sword You Cannot See
    21. Björk: Vulnicura
    20. Caligula's Horse: Bloom
    19. Joanna Newsom: Divers
    18. Tom Russell: The Rose of Roscrae
    17. Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase. 
    16. FKA twigs: M3LL155X
    15. Father John Misty: I Love You, Honeybear
    14. Akhlys: The Dreaming I
    13. Julia Holter: Have You in My Wilderness
    12. Batushka: Litourgiya
    11. Weedpecker: II
    10. Melechesh: Enki
    9. +HIRS+: The Second 100 Songs
    8. Satan: Atom by Atom
    7. Macabre Omen: Gods of War - At War
    6. Blown Out: Matter Transmission
    5. The Grand Astoria: Soft Focus
    4. The Grand Astoria: The Mighty Few
    3. Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell
    2. The Thing: Shake!
    1. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly
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  14. taffy2207
    Kauan: Sorni Nai is popping up in a few lists [​IMG]. Updated mine, only 3 days left [​IMG]  I think it's been a really good year, particularly on bandcamp.
  15. randy98mtu
    1. Kendrick - To Pimp a Butterfly
    2. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
    3. Nathaniel Ratliff & the Night Sweats
    4. Chris Stapleton - Traveller
    5. Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood
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