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|An Atomic 15 For '15|
As late as I am to the party on a top of the pops for 2015, I've finally made it. Last year I let my ambition get the better of me, started a big ol' blog entry (a la Sowing's End of the Year Awards, though far less good humored and well-intended), and still have it sitting as a draft in the Sput blog pool, attracting digital ants and growing digital fungus.
Though this list, in the stead of a more ambitious blog, may lack photos of musicians and celebrities paired with obnoxious internet slang commentary (I Can Haz Cheezburger?), I assure you that the generic "list is shit lol buttz" comment will release just a little less dopamine than it would on the blog post. That said, I encourage you to comment and ask about any of the entries here, and, given the time to formulate a response, we can have a little bit of a published dialog in lieu of an esoteric "know-all-be-all" description. However, I will not publish "list is shit lol buttz."
It's been a busy as hell 2015 (I got engaged, bought a house, and got a new job - woohoo!) so let's bid it farewell and look onto the next one with promises of new Orbs, new Tool, and maybe even a Metalica album worse than Lulu?
The Malkuth Grimoire
Beacons of Somewhere Sometime
|10||The World Is a Beautiful Place...|
@apokolypz - I'm a sucker for great groove and solid melody, and Strawberry Girls basically pack in the same punch they brewed up in their last outing (which was outstanding). There's this little dab of funk and swing that they maintain (probably out of their lineage sprouting off from DGD), and I really like that. This felt like it had a little more filler than French Ghetto for some reason, but it's a similar blend of chaos and air with bright 'n' shiny leads, which is just a recipe for my drool.
|7||The Pneumatic Transit|
Concerto For Double Moon
Thanks to Calc for the rec.
|6||Dance Gavin Dance|
Probably the best, freshest jazz rock/prog album this year. Listen: https://nakedallyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/monobody (No, seriously, listen to it!)
Carrie and Lowell
There's not much to say for this album that I haven't already said in other places, but its raw honesty, sensory projections, and ability to paint a picture and allow the listener to come to their own conclusions without heavy-handed narration makes Carrie and Lowell another installation of perfection from Sufjan.
|3||David Maxim Micic|
David's latest installment (just after EGO) tackles a little more of his EDM influences. Close in scope to the dance/party metal of Devin Townsend's Addicted, though I probably favor ECO in a head-to-head comparison.
To Pimp a Butterfly
So all-encompassing, expressive, intuitive, and catchy, it could easily also be my number 1 album. "To Pimp a Butterfly" is an album full of a history continuing to be written. It's a part of its own zeitgeist and an amazingly fluid amalgam of black culture and music.
|1||The Dear Hunter|
Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise
Simply my most enjoyed album of the year. I still listen to it frequently, and yes, I still jam "King of Swords" like it's nobody's business.
|i wonder if ill ever understand people's love for DGD|
nice list, 15, 10, and 4 rule. 2 is pretty good
|Your thoughts on 9?|
|List is shit, lol buttz lol|
|Definitely going to check 5 out. Good list all around.|
|5 is so good, Sowing. Probably slipped under a lot of peoples' radars.|
|@apokolypz - I'm a sucker for great groove and solid melody, and Strawberry Girls basically pack in the same punch they brewed up in their last outing (which was outstanding). There's this little dab of funk and swing that they maintain (probably out of their lineage sprouting off from DGD), and I really like that. This felt like it had a little more filler than French Ghetto for some reason, but it's a similar blend of chaos and air with bright 'n' shiny leads, which is just a recipe for my drool.|
|@Sowing - Check iiiiiiit. Best under the radar album of 2015. (I must concede Dino turned me on to that one as well, way earlier in the year, and I still groove to it)|
@Gameofmetal - What don't you like about DGD? I know the lyrics are awful, but if you can turn those off, the music is pretty quality imo, though it's kinda spastic.
@Doofus - Kinda? I guess?
|isn't buying a house just grand?? i say that semi sarcastically as I just bought mine in october. good list though atomic I'll check the ones I haven't heard yet. new submotion is.....available....too but I dunno how you'd feel aboot it.|
|Haha yeah, we bought ours in October too, interestingly enough. I've been avoiding giving Submotion Orchestra a listen, but I'll have to give it a listen and see what I am or am not missing.|
|oh if you've never before, listen to finest hour first |
|I keep forgetting Strawberry Girls released something in 2015, I really need to check that out at some point. anyway, good list, I've been thinking I should also check out Viet Cong, since they've been on so many year end lists.|
|"@Gameofmetal - What don't you like about DGD? I know the lyrics are awful, but if you can turn those off, the music is pretty quality imo, though it's kinda spastic."|
like none of the aspects they deal in appeal to me for whatever reason. their spasticness for one is just so over the top i cant handle it
|CHON and Native Construct had such good albums. Nice choices. |