10. Fever Dream - Serotonin Hit
London post-punk shoegazing trio's infectious lead single from their debut LP was a first spin favorite, solidifying itself as a favorite when I discovered it was a love song. It's actually altogether touching. Their lunchtime performance at the Great Escape was a highlight of my trip to the UK.
9. Cut Ribbons - Sink Ships
Welsh power pop quartet's debut album was packed full of hits. However, it was a deep cut about love dying that captured my heart. One would hope new music is forthcoming in the new year.
8. The Big Moon - Eureka Moment
Ready ready ready? Yes we are. Since the release of their 1st single, the band has been called the next big thing by countless blogs and many of the big music websites. I agree, and hold out hope for a 2016 LP and another visit to the States.
7. Chorusgirl - No Moon
If this were the 80's, Silvi Wersing's 'No Moon' would be in constant rotation on MTV. I'm captivated, and feel like I'm listening in on a late night episode of MTV's 120 Minutes all over again. When I ordered the single, it was mistakingly sent to Malaysia. That's just a few miles from Alabama.
6. Shunkan - Blue
I worried the lo-fi bedroom pop magic would be lost when Marina Sakimoto enlisted a full band and took to the studio. I was so so wrong. 'Blue' is epic. Simple riff, soaring vocals, and what a tale. I've listened at least 100 times in the past week.
5. Seaker - Romeo
North London artist shocked me with her fragile ethereal stunner 'Animal', but new offering 'Romeo' showed off her breathtakingly gorgeous voice. Big and striking, it's quite magnificent. Toss in some deeply personal lyrics and luscious orchestration (listen to the drums as the track closes) to make her 3rd offering desired. Definitely an artist to watch in the new year.
4. Julien Baker - Something
Tennessee artist Julien Baker crafted my favorite album of the year, Sprained Ankle. 'Something' was the centerpiece on the devastating album, reminding of lost loves and deep scars.
3. Jake Rollins - Fool Around
Buzzsaw guitars make for lots of head bobbing and foot stomping on Jake Rollins' debut LP. He closes out the effort with the spectacular string bending wonder that is 'Fool Around'. According to Jake, new music is coming in the new year, and I'm pushing him for live dates.
2. Lazy Day - Portrait
Lazy Day's Tilly gave us just one song last year, but what she gave us was pure brilliance. On a few occasions, I've said Tilly's strongest songwriting quality is her firm grasp on mature melancholy. On 'Portrait', she takes on the weighty last gasps of a failed relationship with absolute clarity, and the result is stunning. The band has been gigging around the UK, and are recording two new songs this month. More, Tilly!
1. WOOF. - Wake
There's not a single song in the top 10 I haven't obsessed over, but WOOF.'s 'Wake' takes the cake. Dreamy and slow burning, it sounds like nothing else he's done before. However, it's the depth in the lyrics, touching on subjects such as our short time here on earth and deeply loving those who love and cherish us, that makes this his finest effort to date. He's right, life is too short.