Title Fight Hyperview
"Fisher Price's My First Shoegaze Album" may be apt enough, but it's a fitting sound for a band that hasn't really made an impression yet after three albums. I at least see myself returning to this in the future.
Enter Shikari The Mindsweep
Went into "The Mindsweep" with no to low expectations. I loved ES's first EPs and their first two albums but lost interest after that point. Pleasantly surprised by the mishmash of genres, influences, and amount of maturity present here. Shades of Gorillaz, Serj Tankian, Boards of Canada, Radiohead, and a heaping of refined Shikari style adds up to a great, and pretty surprising start to 2015.
Lakota De Kai Big Dad Wolf
LDK finally hits full force with an album that features production that does their sound justice and has been
lacking from their releases until now. The spoken word stuff gets old but luckily only appears towards the tail end
of the album. Aside from that, Big Dad Wolf is brimming with dynamic riffs and vocals that are chaotic but
refined. They still sound like La Dispute with bigger balls.
Scale the Summit Carving Desert Canyons
An amazingly fluid and beautiful album that embraces technicality when it needs to and doesnt overdo it to the point of Dream Theater overkill, a truly unique album that needs to be listened to from beginning to end. The Great Plains is song of the year material.
Cloudkicker Little Histories
Frank Turner The Third Three Years
Best comp album yet. The covers are hit and miss, the b sides are entertaining, and the meat of the album are the reinterpretations of the newer songs.
Thomas Giles Modern Noise
An awesome, accessible rock album with some BTBAM vibes. The opening track is gorgeous, Siphon the Bad Blood is infectiously catchy and features some new screaming techniques from Rogers. Other highlights include I Appear Disappear, Wander Drug, and the t/t.
Cloudkicker Live with Intronaut
This is so god damn good that if it wasn't a live album it would be a shoe in for my AOTY list.