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2015 has been a great year for music. So many good albums, songs and new bands. Here are the things I loved from JULY and AUGUST‘s releases, – the first part of two posts from these months. I kind of lost track of the release dates during the summer, so I have chosen to put the summer-months together.
The ones I loved the most are marked with a red ||.
A Spotify playlist with songs from this list can be found below.
Did you miss the other posts in this series? Click the link to view them.
ALBUMS I LOVED THIS MONTH
Aero Flynn – Aero Flynn || An album I have listened a lot to this year. Warm and wonderful music with a folky flavour
The Airplanes – West coast state of mind || Perfect summery indiepop, lovely melodies, jangly guitars and that happy POP feeling.
Beach Moon/Peach Moon – Kite without a string || This is an album I LOVE, deeply. So beautiful, and so well made in all its lo-finess.
Bully – Feels Like || Rough and raw. I like it.
Bunnygrunt – Vol 4 || This came as a surprise, but a nice one. Very strong album on Happy Happy Birthday to Me records.
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. Duncan – Architect || One of my big favourites this year. Stunningly beautiful album. So good!
Cheerleader – The sunshine of your youth || Dreamy, sunshiny pop.
Cloud – Zen Summer || Very interesting psych-pop band and album on one of my new favourite labels, Paper Trail Records.
Day Ravies – Liminal Zones || Oh, this is good! This is SO good! Shoegazy, dreampop’y indiepop with stereolabish kraut-beats.
EZTV – Calling Out || Very nice album on Captured tracks
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The Fireworks – Switch me on || Rough and jangly indiepop on Shelflife. I like the quiet songs best, however, and “in the morning” is one of the finest songs of the year.
Grimm Grimm – Hazy Eyes Maybe || Another favourite among my favourites. It’s a weird and wonderful album from this Japanese one man band, and it may demand a little attention from the listener, but is well worth it
Wolf Alice – My Love is Cool || This was very much played during the summer months in my home. I like it a lot.
Yowler – The offer || This is a beauty, a dark beauty. Reminds me of Stina Nordenstam. Very emotional and beautiful album. Highly recommended.
Yucatan – Uwch Gopa’r Mynydd || I have a weak spot for well made Welsh music. This is one of my absolute favourite albums this year (yes, another absolute favourite one….). Amazingly beautiful melodies and great atmosphere.
Zomes – Unison || This is ALMOST too dark and weird and psychedelic for me, but there are some really wonderful moments on the album that makes me love this one. Swedish band, I think
gobbinjr – manalang || Very nice lo fi bedroom pop album. Consistency is not its strongest point, but there are plenty of great songs on it.
The Tamborines – Sea of Murmur|| Wow, this is good, – and kind of a surprise too. I thought the band were no more, and here they return stronger than ever with such a lovely album. Shoegaze/indiepop/dreampop. (https://thetamborines.bandcamp.com/album/sea-of-murmur)
SINGLES I LOVED THIS MONTH
The Swapsies – Piglet and Pooh / The Trouble With Lee || Liverpool’s The Swapsies never disappoint, and this single is brilliant. The lyrics are always a joy to listen to, and the melodies go straight from the ears to the heart. https://theswapsies.bandcamp.com
Alice Glass – Stillbirth || Not usually “my kind of music”, but I love this one and the raw aggression she manages to get out of the synths and the beauty she adds to it.
Bic Runga – I dreamed a dream || Lovely folky pop. Classic songwriting.
The Color Waves – Chirology || Two beautiful songs by two wonderful singers, musicians and songwriters. Everything is done right on this single, out on Cloudberry Records. Among my favourite favourite releases this year
. Can’t wait for an album from these two. Two songs is NOT enough!
Drinks – Laying down rock || Weird psychedelic POP. Incredibly catchy despite its weirdness and playfulness.
Featherfin ft Alison Eales – If you were coming in the fall (Daylight version) || My own music. Not best of the year, but it means a lot to me, and that’s why I include it on this list + for you to get a chance to hear it!
Funeral Advantage – Garden song || Very nice indiepop single.
Gulp ft Miaoux Miaoux – Tour de France || Brilliant cover of this Kraftwerk classic.
Younghusband – Better times || One of many great releases from them this year. Very pleasing for the ears.
The Golden Eaves – No Other/Treptow || Brilliant melodic indiepop from members of The Fairways/Clay Hips and The Pines (https://thegoldeneaves.bandcamp.com). These two have strong songwriting skills!
EPs I LOVED THIS MONTH
The Death of Pop – Bubblebath || Warm, jangly dreampop.
Franklin’s Kite – Hurdles and rewards || Beautiful songs from Marc Elston, who delivered a couple of good releases this year.
Cattle – Somehow Hear Songs EP || the debut release from a young, new shoegaze/dreampop band from Tokyo, out on Jigsaw. Really nice songs throughout the whole 6 track EP.
Painted Zeros – S V A L B A R D || They call their music Flowercore and Dreampunk, but I will just say that this is a very, very beautiful EP of great songs. (https://paintedzeros.bandcamp.com/album/s-v-a-l-b-a-r-d-2)
Listen to most of the songs from this list on Spotify: