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50-31 | 30-11 | EPs | 10-1 10. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Let’s just forget for a moment that the Collector’s Edition of DAMN. ever happened. OK, is it out of your minds? Good. Now let’s also for a moment ignore the nearly invisible thread of a thematic composition, as it’s really the drops of blood that fall […]

50-31 | 30-11 | EPs | 10-1 15. The Wonder Years – Burst and Decay [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] While not necessarily offering much in new material, The Wonder Years manage to affirm their intentions with this emotionally wrought collection of beautifully arranged acoustic renditions of previous material. Dan Campbell’s vocals ring as self-assured and vibrant as ever, […]

50-31 | 30-11 | EPs | 10-1 30. Artificial Brain – Infrared Horizon [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] I’ve always accused death metal for feeling very artificial and forced as a genre, what with all its highly intricate guitar-wankery and lofty themes. So it’s quite funny that my favourite death metal outfit is a tech-death sci-fi influenced group who play some […]

50-31 | 30-11 | EPs | 10-1 50. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] It feels weird to be kicking off our best of the year list with async. After all, the opener “Andata” is the sort of song associated with endings; it’s a funeral dirge, a reflection of where Sakamoto’s mind was no doubt wandering […]

Many of you guys know the deal here. I’ve done the best album ranks for each year of sputnik’s existence starting here. Briefly, when users were complaining about the lack of charts, I made a post with the current year end rankings. For those who are too lazy to click links, these are the top […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 10. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] “I’ve got no right to be depressed,” whines Will Toledo on Teens of Denial‘s cerebral and prescient opener, “Fill in the Blank”. In it, he complains about nothing in particular, lamenting nothing whilst refusing to form an intelligent or […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 10. Brand New – 3 Demos, Reworked [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] There are some questions as to why 3 Demos, Reworked even exists. Was it a hastily-recorded fixer to smooth over the grumblings when LP5 was delayed once again? Or was it planned out in advance, part of a bigger […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 30. Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Jimmy Eat World perhaps saw the biggest return to form of any artist this year. After three albums passed and faced mixed reception from fans and critics alike, Jim Adkins took a step back and dove into more […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 50. SUMAC – What One Becomes [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] With names such as Aaron Turner, Brian Cook, and Nick Yacyshyn at the helm, there’s no doubt SUMAC were born to create thunderous music. Few bands can make such a massive sound with only three members. What One Becomes sees their […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. The Dear Hunter – Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] What started as an ambitious project became a jaw-dropping odyssey that got bigger and better with each act. Undoubtedly, The Color Spectrum – and even Migrant to a certain extent – have helped expand […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Someday, when books are written about Kanye West’s career and all his artistic decisions are carved open, The Life of Pablo will come to be seen as an enduring pseudo-autobiotragedy – a modern day Station to Station or Astral […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. Alcest – Kodama [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] The atmosphere of Japanese folklore comes alive through Alcest’s vision in the euphoric odyssey of Kodama. While predecessor Shelter was an enjoyable diversion from what was expected, this sees Alcest once again emphasizing sweeping post-rock atmospheres colliding with intense metal soundscapes. “Je Suis D’ailleurs”, “Untouched”, […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Intronaut – The Direction Of Last Things [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Love it or hate it, progressive metal is a tough genre to tackle because it takes true skill to balance technicality and emotion. At the same time, it’s another skill to make it sound completely engaging even when it’s nothing […]

Oh, you thought this was going to be the Top Ten LPs of 2015 feature? It’s okay. You can come back tomorrow (maybe) for the 10-1 LPs. –Jom 10 (tie). Foreign Fields – What I Kept in Hiding [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] 10 (tie). Plini – The End of Everything [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] It took me a long time to come around to Choose Your Weapon. Even as an avid fan of their debut, the follow-up is incomparably perplexing. Every time you start to wrap your head around the groove, tracks […]

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