20. Bruising - Think About Death
I caught the Leeds quartet's exciting performance in London this past May for the Art is Hard Family Portrait release. Naomi Baguley's dream pop vocal stylings swept my heart away. More please.
19.Rebecca Clements - Pure Wasted
While in London on vacation, I saw Rebecca Clements' impressive gig at the Old Blue Last in early May. I could not quite get over how gorgeous her voice was while singing about a relationship that fell apart. Hoping for a full LP in the new year.
18. Fazerdaze - Little Uneasy
New Zealander Amelia Murray offers up another dreamy slice of bedroom pop. Her debut album is slated for a 2016 release. If it is as good as the first track, it will figure into many top LP lists next year.
17. Gabriella Cohen - I Don't Feel So Alive
Australian artist Gabriella Cohen stunned me with her vintage sounding pop tune earlier this year, and hasn't been able to shake me since. Full LP coming in the new year.
16. Avers - Vampire
Richmond, Virginia 6-piece continually makes me kick myself for missing their show in Birmingham earlier this year every time I hear this stunning sing along slice of fun.
15.Diet Cig - Harvard
New Paltz, NY bedroom pop duo Diet Cig turned up the heat on a former love in a bout of catty defiance, shouting "Fuck Your Ivy League sweater." But it feels light, like it will all be forgotten by the weekend, as it should. Crossing fingers for a full length in 2016.
14.Young Romance - Wasting Time
I almost missed the London 2-piece band's set at the Great Escape in May when I couldn't find the venue. I got there as the band started their performance, and was blown away by vocalist/drummer Claire's big voice and guitarist Paolo's shoegazing swirl of guitar noise. 'Wasting Time' begs for multiple listens.
13.Annalibera - Black Cat White Cat
One of the most devastating songs I've heard in years. And I can't get it out of my head. I'm eager to hear what's next from the Des Moines, Iowa based band.
12.Sauna Youth - Creeping
I probably listened to "Transmitters' more times, but this track gets the nod because it's the final track on the LP. I love it when an album doesn't run out of steam at the end. A gem of sing along surf punk.
11.Lilla Vargen - This is Love
Dubliner Lilla Vargen stunned me with a piano driven heart rending song about love and wondering if it is real. It's well trod territory, but never gets old when the artist has a voice capable of melting the hardest of hearts. And that's where Lilla suceeds. More, Lilla!!!