|Parallels' 2015 in Review|
I've seen a billion of these lists, everyone has their own take, and I'm pretty sure I don't listen to near as much (or anything too obscure) as the rest of Sputnikmusic. Just some unreleased soundoffs on most of what I listened to in 2015
In it's own cheerfully detached world
More laidback and nowhere near as direct as Shrines, I still couldn't help but listen to it a lot because I'm a sucker for witch house knockoff synthpop
I agree with people that think she is taking the name into a different direction, but for being a poppier version of Grimes I think she handled it pretty well. I don't know why people wouldn't like Scream.
I mostly use this as filler in my extended chillwave and synthpop playlists, but it is top shelf filler regardless.
|5|| ||Crystal Castles|
I actually enjoyed the new singles a lot, and I think the new singer is a perfect fit without changing the direction too abruptly. I really can't wait for IV, and I wish Alice Glass the best with her 2002 resident evil soundtrack goth rendition of t.a.t.u tbqh
Every Open Eye
I don't know how anyone could possibly love more than half the album. Clearest Blue, Bury It, Leave a Trace and Never Ending Circles have been on my playlists all year regardless
|7||Marina and The Diamonds|
I personally don't feel that she will ever top The Family Jewels. However, as a softer, more acoustic and lounge-like approach, it's damn close.
Honorable mention, I felt Greenwood's s/t was really unimpressive compared to the singles released before it. The latter side is a bit off sounding but the first few tracks are undeniably some of the best of the year.
|9||Father John Misty|
I Love You, Honeybear
Hands down surprise classic of the year imo, and I never even liked Fleet Foxes.
Felt this was the first album since their debut that was worth listening to, it's not bad.
I'm pretty sure she's getting better on every album
"Steve Polyester" is like if the soundtrack to Katamari Damacy was spoken word art rock. "Company" is like Deerhoof if they were actually relaxing to listen to. The rest of this is so over the place that Infinite House does not deserve to be compared to anything. This band has no peer.
Le Voyageur Imprudent
Italian post-hardcore/screamo, they uniquely switch between english, italian, french and japanese, and there's a bit of Touche Amore influence in them. And a song called "Sputnik! Nostalgia," so yeah, there's that.
|14||Stellar OM Source|
I couldn't really care for Nite-Glo enough to even get into it. Sounds like something stereotypical and inartistic that I wouldn't care to find out more about. If your taste is stripped down, overused and distilled rave beats to talk over however, go for it.
No Cities to Love
Really glad they're back. Fangless is one of my favorites
The Pale Emperor
I always had a difficult time getting into Marilyn Manson, but that Deep Six/Third Day/Los Angeles combo is pretty catchy
best destroyer album ever? mayb
|18||Toro Y Moi|
It's a compilation, but as an introduction to the band (as it was for myself), it's pretty nice.
a e s t h e t i c returns
Strangers to Ourselves
always happy to get another MM album
The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel
After hearing their EP and being astonished at how well they had their sound down, they didn't really evolve much, and there really isn't anything special in the vocals that isn't shown in the first couple songs.
don't really kill yr idols
they just want a friend
Vega Intl. Night School
If vaporwave was real, this would be a classic
Vestiges and Claws
Like his previous albums, Vestiges & Claws is another soundtrack for life, but this one is to the tune of acoustic clamours in a warm log cabin, complete with light male folky vocals
I'm still unsure if I like it, especially with a missing piece after Public Strain
Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz
Obviously it's nothing groundbreaking, but for Miley Cyrus? It's at least somewhat respectable. I wish a lot of other over-the-top pop singers would try a more grounded and artistic approach behind their record label's back.
The current state of affairs for ska influenced pop punk circa 2015?? I'm okay with this.
The average song on Vulnicura clocks in at 6 to 8 minutes, Bjork is the queen of avant-pop