It's that time of the year. Every music blog, big and small start rolling out their favorite albums, favorite songs, and artists to watch for the upcoming year. I'm getting a late start to the festivities, but have been able to compile my lists easily. Without diving in too deep about the late start, it's been a weird year for Aimless Skylarking. I had to take some time off from blogging to discover the great outdoors again, to breathe, and remember all that was great about life. I missed most of the summer, but I didn't stop listening to music. In fact, I was able to listen to more, even obsess over some tracks and albums I would not have been able to had I been writing every day. Without any delay, here are my favorite albums of 2015, 16-20.
Mad Scientist Kelan Bonislawski aka WOOF. captures millenial melancholy and mischief with what seems like relative ease in his sonic masterpieces. He mystifies by mixing art rock, alt rock guitar growl, psych synths, and whatever fuzz and buzz he concocts in his recording studio, also known as the living room. Yes, his living room. But it's his most focused work, 'Wake', a love song, that positively stuns.
Key tracks: Wake, Baba, A Time Less Crowded
17. Novella - Land
While on vacation in the UK last May, I caught a Novella performance at the Great Escape in Brighton and became a bigger fan. I'd penciled them in as a must see, but almost missed their show when I had trouble finding the venue, only to be rescued by Leigh from Just Music I Like. I'm glad I didn't miss it. The London psych rockers debut LP was the perfect companion to many late night summer road trips to nowhere.
Key tracks: Land Gone, Sentences, Follow, Blue Swallow
Brighton 3 piece's debut LP mixes punk and textbook Seattle grunge growl. When I heard 'Good Enough' for the first time, I thought I was back in 1991.
Key tracks: Good Enough, Thursday, Ghost World, Coma Hospital
My introduction to the Welsh indie pop 5-piece was by way of one of the loveliest bittersweet heartbreakers I've heard in years, 'A Love'. There's a vulnerable tenderness, the exposed heart, in 'A Love' that conjures up memories of our own failures in love. But don't sleep on the band, 'Deep Breath' begs us to all bounce around and forget all the pain we feel.
Key tracks: Go Easy, A Love, Deep Breath
On my UK vacation last year, I saw PINS perform at the Green Door Store during the Great Escape in Brighton. Their performance was one of the highlights of my 15 day visit in the country. The steamy venue was rammed, not an inch was spared, and the band didn't disappoint with a bounce around electric performance. Lead single, 'Young Girls', is an instant earworm.
Key tracks: Young Girls, Got it Bad, Oh Lord