This year was absolutely incredible in terms of new music by fresh-faced introducing bands (many of who TGA have had the pleasure of covering this year), alongside more established, well-known names. So in the done-to-death annual tradition, here’s my list of the best new albums of 2015. It spans all genres from doom-folk, pop, hip-hop, roots, grunge, black metal and indie.
As the New Music Editor at TGA, a top 20 was practically impossible – so it’s only right that there’s an honerable mentions section. In this you’ll find additionally amazing artists who have released albums and EP’s this year. So, wrap your ears around my 2015 playlist and enjoy it!
1) Badbadnotgood – Soul Sour
2) Caspian – The Dust and Disquiet
3) Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
4) The Sovereign Self – Trembling Bells
5) Ringo Deathstar – Pure Mood
6) No Joy – No Joy
7) Lanterns on the Lake – Being
8) Pins – Wild Nights
9) Deaheaven – New Bermuda
10) Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last
11) City of Ships – Ultraluminal
12) Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
13) Macbeth Soundtrack – Jed Curzel
14) Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie
15) Vessels – Dilate
16) Slaves – Are You Satisfied?
17) Mew – +-
18) Roots Manuva – Bleeds
19) Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
20) The Twilight Sad – Oran Mor
*Honourable mentions: Sheer, HAWK, Alpine, Wet Dog, Skating Polly, Icky Blossoms, Prom, Shannon and the Clams, Wide Skies, Estrons, Tuff Love, Saint Sister, Du Blonde, Torres, Braids, REL, Sophie Hunger, The Caulfield Beats, Vukovi, Lilith Ai, Sun Kil Moon, Young Fathers, Waxahatchee, Speedy Ortiz, Death Grips, Built to Spill, Torche, Veruca Salt, Pelican, Tame Impala, Foals, The Mountain Goats, Punch Brothers, Arcturus, Enslaved, Periphery, Ufomammut, Katatonia, Orange Goblin, Steve Von Til, Wolf Alice, Citizen, Tess Parks, The Macabees, SEXWITCH, Richard Hawley, Town Portal, Title Fight, The Julianna Hatfield Three, Liturgy, Yo La Tengo, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Youth Man, Battles, Beach House, Spector, Rolo Tomassi, Vennart, Seastick Steve, Sufjan Stevens, John Grant, Bell Witch, Kurt Vile, Mondo Drag, Kagoule, Broken Hands, Strange Wilds, Queen Kwong, Jemima Surrender, Pale Honey, Abjects, Wild Ones, Julia Holter, Wand, Blank Realm, The Japanese House, Beirut, DRINKS, Summer Twins, Frank Turner, Dolores Haze, Freja, Fable, Charlotte Carpenter, The Hickey Underworld, Photomartyr, Nothing But Thieves, Black Peaks, Ryan Adams, Deerhunter, The Prodigy, Loma Prieta, Low, Envy, Tamaryn, Only Shallow, Dave Gahan & Soulsavers, Muncie Girls, Crippled Black Phoenix, Superheaven, Masakichi, The Staves, Milk Teeth and many, many more…
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