Ordering the top 5 albums of 2015 was a unenviable task. Such tasks always are because each of the albums in the top 5 is a favorite. Each offering rarely if ever moved out of the rotation here at Aimless Skylarking, they were revisited and enjoyed often. Many of the tracks shared below were obsessed over, ending up on many mix CDs. So, without trying to explain how and why they were ranked, let's just dive right in and listen to some great music. They're all #1.
Tennessee native Julien Baker writes as if she's lived 100 lifetimes of heartache and pain. Her debut LP is spare yet entirely devastating, the real star here is found in her lyrics, it's her anguish on display. And I find it hard to turn away.
Key tracks: Something, Sprained Ankle, Rejoice
Supercharged guitar driven rock and roll makes even the most reserved person want to get up and move. Or drive fast, or break stuff, or play air guitar. It's an entirely visceral experience. Newcomer Jake Rollins' debut LP is all of that, and more. It's as cool and confident as they come. Turn it up and forget all your worries.
Key tracks: LSD, Fool Around, Breathing All Your Air
The Des Moines, Iowa based band has entirely enchanted me with their incredibly accomplished and affecting first effort. Each time I hear Anna Gebhardt's impossibly gorgeous vocals and devastating delivery, I'm stopped in my tracks.
Key tracks: Blooms, Black Cat White Cat, Mountain
London post-punk quartet Sauna Youth managed to make discontent sound so appealing with a collection of infectious sing along tracks.
Key tracks: Transmitters, Creeping, The Bridge
5. Fever Dream - Moyamoya
By mixing the universal appeal of pop and the melodic chops of alt-rock with shoegaze's wall of sound, the London trio offered up a remarkable debut LP. During my UK vacation this past May, I caught the band in a crowded tiny bar in Brighton during The Great Escape and haven't quite gotten that performance out of my head.
Key tracks: Serotonin Hit, Nightcrawling, They Live