On any given day you’ll find me downloading and listening to music from nearly all genres. I can’t believe how much amazing music came out of 2015. I’ve chosen a few of my favorites that I hope you’ll enjoy. -Allisen
Favorite Album of 2015: Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School
One of my all-time-favorite albums is Neon Indian’s Psychic Chasms (2009), a complete dream pop chill fantasy of tracks that still amazes me to this day. Upon my first listen of VEGA INTL. Night School I didn’t feel those same almost drug-induced emotions that Psychic Chasms gave me, but instead felt like getting up and dancing, wishing I was a student at VEGA INTL. Night School. Perhaps listening to the album does make me a student, I’m not sure, but I do know that nothing has made me smile more than listening to such tracks as “Annie” and “61 Cygni Ave.”
Favorite Song of 2015: “The Less I Know The Better” – Tame Impala
I’ve had quite a fondness for Australia’s Tame Impala ever since Innerspeaker was released in 2010. I absolutely adored their newest album Currents and fell in love with “The Less I Know The Better” on my first listen. The sweet bass line with Tame Impala’s signature psychedelic sound and Kevin Parker’s vocals makes this one track I’ll be listening to for years to come.
Favorite Male Artist of 2015: Roosevelt
Ever since 2012 when I stumbled upon a random German producer named Roosevelt, I’ve been listening to the few tracks he’s released on repeat. His music seems to be inspired by electronic Canadian artist Caribou mixed with French musician Sébastien Tellier and a plethora of 70s and 80s synthpop discotheque sweetness. Roosevelt released the singles “Hold On” and “Night Moves” and two music videos in 2015, went on a mini U.S. tour, toured parts of Europe, and played before Neon Indian at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. I’m hoping for a Roosevelt/Neon Indian tour in 2016.
Favorite Female Artist of 2015: Mykki Blanco
For those who are familiar with Mykki Blanco, you might be wondering why I listed him as my favorite female artist, but it’s my understanding that he identifies in such a way that when he performs as Mykki sometimes it is as a female version, other times male. I could be wrong, so Mykki if you’re reading this I apologize for my confusion. I first heard Mykki’s single “Wavvy” in 2012 and had no idea about the mind behind the song until about a year later. In 2015 Mykki released C-ORE, a hip hop compilation album from his new record label Dogfood Music Group, and features artists Psychoegyptian, Yves Tumor and Violence along with Mykki’s own tracks. He also debuted the trippy music video “Coke White, Starlight” in September. Mykki is very active on social media, many times responding to fan questions and comments on Facebook. This type of real artist-fan connection is rare and one of the many reasons Mykki is a favorite.
Favorite Band or Duo of 2015: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
This was an extremely tough category for me, but in the end England’s Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats came out on top. I’m a huge fan of many subgenres of metal, especially stoner metal. Uncle Acid’s 2015 album The Night Creeper takes me to that dark place full of doom, plenty of stoner metal, and a lot of killer creepy melodies. They toured North America, Europe, and Australia in 2015, but sadly I did not get the opportunity to check them out. According to their Facebook page, they list their genre as “Psycho,” so let’s hope I get to hear them play their psycho music on tour in 2016. Cheers.
Favorite Music Video of 2015: “Stonefist” – Health
Health had been off my radar for quite a number of years unless one of their songs randomly popped up on my playlist, but 2015 gave us their first release in nearly six years with the album Death Magic. This noise rock, electro band from Los Angeles brightens lives with their music video for “Stonefist,” giving us viewers a beautiful, enthralling video that pays homage to those truly awesome music videos of the 1980s mixed with the glow of modern cinematography.
If you have yet to see the video, then feast your eyes below at the masterpiece that is “Stonefist.”
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