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2015 has been a great year for music. So many good albums, songs and new bands.
Here are the releases I loved from SEPTEMBER‘s releases. The ones I loved the most are marked with a red||.
LOTS of good releases this month, and several of my absolute favourites of the year came in September. I may have overdone it this time, but it was soooo hard to remove any of these. I DID remove a lot, I promise.
A Spotify playlist with songs from this list can be found below.
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ALBUMS I LOVED THIS MONTH
All Dogs – Kicking Every Day || Rough, jangly indie from Columbus, Ohio. Very strong album.
Beach House – Depression Cherry || Dreamy pop. Good as always.
Briana Marela – All around us || This is so good, and one of my big favourites of the year.
Chantal Acda – The sparkle in our flaws || A beautiful, beautiful folky album.
Deradoorian – The expanding flower planet || Spacey, dreamy, beautiful album from former bassist, keyboardist and vocalist for Dirty Projectors.
Dianas – Dianas || One new-found love of mine this year. Really enjoyed this album. Australian indiepop with touches of surf and psych.
Drinks – Hermits on Holiday || Collaboration between Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley. Fun, weird, new wavy.
Dungen – Allas sak || Sweden’s psych-pop masters never fail to deliver. A beautiful album, again!
Emily Hall – Folie à Deux || A stunningly beautiful album from this London-based composer. This is a collaboration with Icelandic writer and long-time Björk collaborator Sjón and was co-conceived as both concept album and an opera. Neo-classical/experimental.
Farao – Till it’s all forgotten || Very strong debut from this Norwegian artist.
Fountainsun – Music today || A brilliant folky album that I have listened a lot to since it came out.
Funeral Advantage – Body is dead || Warm and melodic indiepop. You will probably like this if you like bands like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Gold Celeste – Glow || Wow, how I love this one! Norwegian psych/dream pop. Very good debut album from these guys.
Gwilym Gold – A paradise || Very calm electronic pop, with beautiful male vocals, strings, piano.
Julia Holter – Have you in my wilderness || An interesting artist that got quite a big part of my listening time in September. She delivers a beautiful and very her own version of pop. Not always easy, but always interesting.
Laure Briard – Révélation|| Definitely one of my favourites of favourites. French pop. Love everything about this album. Perfect!
Lost Film – Imago || Jangly indiepop/dreampop.
Noonday Underground – Body parts for modern art || This is lovely. Electronic pop with a lot of SOUL. Often features 60s soul samples that forms the base groove.
Robert Forster – Songs to play || Like I’ve said before, my least favourite Go-Between has with this album made me reconsider his status. So good!
Rose McDowall – Cut with the cake knife || Formerly half of Strawberry Switchblade. This is a re-release of her 2004 album, out now on Sacred Bones. Very nice album also in 2015. The songs on it were originally written for Strawberry Switchblad, so if you liked them, you’ll probably enjoy this one too.
Say Hi – Bleeders digest || This band has been around for many, many years (formerly called Say Hi to Your Mum), and I think this is their 9th album. I have liked much of what they have done before, but I find this one especially good.
The School – Wasting away and wondering || My ears always enjoy the sound of The School. I think I liked this one better than any of their other releases, and I especially loved that they went in other directions than usual on some of the songs.
Sleuth – Out of the blue period || A very nice jangly indiepop album from Sleuth.
Soda shop – Soda shop || I love this album! Strong songs from start to finish. Indiepop, female vocals, melodic.
Static Daydream – Static Daydream || Shoegaze/fuzzpop with reverbed, buried vocals and very nice melodies.
Stolen Jars – Kept || Not sure how to describe this. It’s partly folky and acoustic, partly electronic, and quite calm, but still very rhythm focused. Very interesting album. One of the albums I have listened the most to in 2015.
Sweet Baboo – The Boombox Ballads || Love the lyrics and stories on this one. Very melodic pop.
Teen Daze – Morning World || This one wasn’t immediate for me, but I had it in a mixed shuffled playlist with other albums, and every time a song from it came on, I had to look and see who was playing. I started listening to it in full, and have continued since. Calm atmosphere, sooo beautiful vocals and vocal harmonies, a pleasure to listen to.
Totally Mild – Down time || A beautiful album from this Australian band. Lovely, warm female vocals, sometimes a 60s vibe, twangy, chiming – often quite clean – guitars, and harmonies that makes me float away. So many great songs!
Yo La Tengo – Stuff like that there || Any YLT album-release is a great thing for me. I liked the new one a lot.
Knife Pleats – Hat Bark Beach || New band from Rose Melberg (Tiger Trap, Softies, Brave Irene, etc) and it sounds brilliant! (buy on Bandcamp)
SINGLES I LOVED THIS MONTH
April – Ten miles high || Madchester and Britpop all over again? It is very welcome when it sounds like this.
Desperate Journalist – Perfect health || I really like this single, and the vocal melody is so lovely. The EP that came in October was a smal disappointment for me after this perfect song.
The Drinks – Roller || This is addictive and so beautiful. Lovely vocal-harmonies.
Hidden Charms – Dreaming of another girl || This London band sound like they could be sent forward in time from the 60s. Biting Jagger-esque vocals in one second, and the next almost crooning and soft.
Jemima Surrender – Sylvia || This is a lovely song! The Bristol-band’s bio says “Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Millie can’t decide whether she wants to be Serge Gainsbourg or the Breeders- Jemima Surrender is what happens when she tries to be both.” I think they nailed the sound there.
Joan Shelley – Stay on my shore || Two folky, dreamy and beautiful songs
Lionlimb – Turnstile || Nice two track single, where both tracks hold high quality.
Martin Courtney – Vestiges || Real Estate’s frontman. Soft, melodic pop.
Meilyr Jones – Don Juan || Former frontman of Race Horses (brilliant band) continues making great songs on his own. Debut album will be out in February, and I am very much looking forward to it.
Oberhofer – Sun Halo || Very, very good, catchy slightly psychedelic pop song. Stunning BIG chorus. Love it!
Pinkshinyultrablast – Kiddy pool dreams || Dreampop of the catchy kind.
Red Sleeping Beauty – Always || Good to have these Swedes back! Melodic synth-pop’y indiepop.
Samling – Du || This is so catchy! Sung in Swedish, but I guess everybody can join in on the chorus anyway.
Surf Rock is dead – Anymore || Jangly indiepop/dreampop. One of several good ones from them this year.
The Vryll Society – Air || Psychedelic pop with catchy guitar hooks and an overall airy, good feeling.
The Wrong Society – She destroyed me ||This German band is another one that could have been timemachined from the 60s to 2015. Rough, authentic garage pop.
Alanna McArdle – Bedroom/Balloons || Two very good atmospheric lofi folky songs. (buy on Bandcamp)
EPs I LOVED THIS MONTH
Boys – Kind of Hurt EP || 4 really good lofi jangly indiepop songs. I love “believe anything” and “ever before” so much!
Ghost Culture – Lucky EP || The lead song is good enough to justify that the rest of the tracks are remixes. Electronic pop
The Primitives/Modular – The Primitives reworked by Modular || Very interesting reworkings that fit the songs well.
Terry – Talk about Terry || This single hit me hard! Love it so much!
Listen to the songs from this list on Spotify: