Are you hooked on the latest music? Do you have a hankering for the music of your youth? Whether you’re a dedicated museo or a stubborn stick-in-the-mud when it comes to “new music” (our watchwinder specialists straddle both camps!), 2015 has been a bumper year for great new sounds and fresh names, bringing a smorgasbord of interesting noises to our ears and new musicians to our attention.
If you’ve missed some of the best bits, we’ve rounded up five of the absolute best albums of 2015 which deserve to be played at volume in your man cave.
5. What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World – The Decemberists
It’s been four years since the world heard a peep from folk hipsters The Decemberists. Their seventh album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World is just as packed with innuendo-rich, swooning, tingly sounds with a freshly “folk orchestral” feel.
4. Two Gallants – We Are Undone
This noisy San Franciscan duo have mashed together a riot of melody and gritty guitar noise in their fifth album which tackles the spiralling consumerism and commercialisation of their home city in the midst of the tech revolution.
3. Uptown Special – Mark Ronson
A significant funkathon well worth turning right up and getting on down with. Ronson’s latest offering features vocals from Bruno Mars, Kevin Parker (of Tame Impala) and Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow).
2. Currents – Tame Impala
Poppier, funkier and with more intelligible lyrics than ever before, Tame Impala are back with a vengeance in their latest album which marks a significant departure from their psych-rock roots.
1. To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
Every element of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly is more or less a masterstroke, from lyrics and melodies to samples and a move towards live instrumentation – this is a rich record which keeps on giving. Dive in.
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