2015 has been a great year for music. So many good albums, songs and new bands.
Here are the releases I loved from DECEMBER‘s releases. The ones I loved the most are marked with a red ||.
December is the time of the year where very few release anything, and if they do, it’s usually Christmas songs. A couple on this list are christmas releases, but they are so good that they could have been released at any time of the year. Anyway, – the list is shorter than the others, and both you and me are probably thankful for that… 🙂
Now, I take Christmas vacation from the blog, and wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!
A Spotify playlist with songs from this list can be found below.
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ALBUMS I LOVED THIS MONTH
Addie Pray – Screentime || The solo project of Sports’ Carmen Perry, out on Father/Daughter Records.
Camera Shy – Camera Shy || This wonderful indiepop album came out in July, but I was a bit late to the party and found it in December. Love it.
The Thyme Machine – Going steady with The Thyme Machine || Lancaster’s best “Lo-Fi Surf Indiepop Glam band”! The lyrics are wonderful, and I often smile when I listen to this. Great songs too.
The Silent Love – Whisper || Very nice debut album from this one-man indiepop band from Jakarta, Indonesia. Bright, bittersweet, melodic songs, inspired by the Sarah Records-sound. (buy on Bandcamp)
SINGLES I LOVED THIS MONTH
Bedbugs – You think you know me || An indie rock single that creeps into your ear and stays there.
The Chills – when the poor can reach the moon || Originally part of an 8 minute track on their new album, but now the really catchy 3 last minutes have been released as a single. This may be a new “Heavenly Pop Hit”.
Deerful – City Bells || A stunningly beautiful debut single from Deerful. The Bandcamp version also includes her version of a German Christmas classic, sung wonderfully by Deerful. (buy on Bandcamp)
Diiv – Under the sun || I’m not a big fan of Diiv, but I love this one. Driving rhythms and chiming guitars.
Gold Celeste – The wonder of love || A lovely single from this Norwegian dream-psych-pop band. This is not on their wonderful debut album that were released earlier this year. Highly recommended.
The Goon Sax – Boyfriend || One of my favourite songs and bands this year. Australian indiepop.
Hvitmalt Gjerde – Dine lepper smaker jul || A 60s inspired Christmas song from Bergen, Norway. Sung in Norwegian, but you’ll love it even if you don’t know the language, I am sure. The title means “Your lips taste of Christmas”.
Klaus Johann Grobe – Baby lass uns sein/Ich bien nicht der Grund || A German surprise for me this year. Love this single! Krauty pop.
The Luxembourg Signal/ Soft Science – Dying star/Breaking || A split single, where the A side is a really cool psychedelic version of TLS’ “Dying Star” and the B-side is a pure pop gem from Sacramento’s Soft Science.
Dawn Landes/Piers Faccini – Heaven’s Gate || This is so beautiful! Folky duet.
Still Corners – Horses at night || Dreamy, synthy track from SC.
Street Chant – Never || Noisy guitars and pounding drums.
EPs I LOVED THIS MONTH
City Steps – Change your mind || Very nice indiepop ep. Especially love the last song, where they step out of what I expected after listening to the first two pop-songs, and get a bit more noisy, while still keeping all the super melodic elements.
Francis Lung – Vol. 1 || Lovely songs. Have a listen.
The Arctic Flow – The Luminous Veil || Very good new EP from TAF. Dreamy indiepop. (buy on Bandcamp)
Featherfin – Wintersongs || My own music, and since it means a lot to me, it deserves to be on the list. It’s not best of the year or anything, but it would be nice if you would listen.
Listen to most of the songs from this list on Spotify: