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5. Bully ‘Trying’
4. Courtney Barnett ‘An Illustration Of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York)’
3. Flowertruck ‘Nail Gun’
2. Tame Impala ‘The Less I Know The Better’
1. Houndmouth ‘Sedona’
There wasn’t a sing/shout-a-long song like this all year. Seeing it live was the icing on the cake. Builds and climaxes whilst keeping enough composure to hit you right in the feels.
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5. Totally Mild ‘Nights’
4. Courtney Barnett ‘Pedestrian At Best’
3. Sleater-Kinney ‘Surface Envy’
2. Kendrick Lamar ‘King Kunta’
1. Tame Impala ‘Let It Happen’
Every single note; every instrument; every riff, drum fill and bass lick; every subtlety in the mix; every soothing synth and twist and turn in the composition; every click and every clap; and of course the mesmerising vocoder-washed outro… ‘Let It Happen’ is 7 minutes and 48 seconds of psychedelic musical euphoria.
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5. The Weeknd ‘Can’t Feel My Face’
4. Foals ‘Mountain At My Gates’
3. Refused ‘Elektra’
2. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes ‘Juggernaut’
1. Endless Heights ‘Haunt Me’
Endless Heights have been around for almost a decade now consistently releasing albums and EP’s that display how their sound has evolved. This new installment in particular shows have much they have grown as musicians and people. For fans of Hot Water Music and such. This is Post-Hardcore at its finest.
5. Beck ‘Dreams’
4. Grimes ‘Flesh Without Blood’
3. Alabama Shakes ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’
2. Tame Impala ‘Let It Happen’
1. Foals ‘What Went Down’
There’s no better way to describe Foals’ ‘What Went Down’ than huge. Initially referred to as the poster boys of math and art rock, Foals’ two latest albums have seen them pursuing a heavier, rawer sound. Nothing demonstrates this new direction better than this six minute opening track which finds lead singer Yannis Philippakis nearly shouting over a loud and aggressive guitar riff, backed by heavy hitting drums. Turn your volume to 11 for this one.
5. Orches ‘Denial’
4. The 1975 ‘Love Me’
3. Eves The Behavior ‘Electrical’
2. Florence + The Machine ‘Delilah’
1. Owen Rabbit ‘Denny’s’
Perhaps it’s the fact that I can personally connect so much to the lyrical content, but Owen Rabbit wins out my top track of 2015 with the explosive ‘Denny’s’. Whilst the vocals waver over the guitar riffs and breathy sampling of the verses, these moments seem almost severe as the chaotic sheer blunt force of the chorus crashes in.
5. Halestorm ‘Amen’
4. Halestorm ‘Mayhem’
3. Papa Roach ‘Devil’
2. Nothing More ‘Jenny’
1. Disturbed ‘The Sound of Silence’ (Simon & Garfunkel cover)
‘The Sound of Silence’ tops the list: It’s so raw, adds a new dimension to the Immortalized album and really exposes how powerful David’s voice is, especially stripped back. A standout track!
5. Deerhunter ‘Breaker’
4. Dick Diver ‘Year in Pictures’
3. Natalie Prass ‘Bird of Prey’
2. Totally Mild ‘Christa’
1. Tame Impala ‘Let It Happen’
Combining filter sweeps, disco rhythms and glitch with a towering 70s rock grandiosity, ‘Let It Happen’ was a bombastic opener to 2015 and advance notice of the psych juggernaut that is Currents.
5. Kendrick Lamar ‘The Blacker The Berry’
4. Frank Turner ‘The Next Storm’
3. Courtney Barnett ‘Depreston’
2. Jess Kent ‘Get Down’
1. The Hard Aches ‘St. Helens’
The Hard Aches are the band to watch in 2016. They toured Australia like madmen after releasing their fantastic debut album Pheromones. ‘St. Helens’ has been a live favourite for ages, and they nailed it on the album. It’s a heartbreaking fist-in-the-air sing-a-long.
5. Grimes ‘Flesh Without Blood’
4. Gang of Youths ‘Magnolia’
3. Chet Faker ‘The Trouble With Us’
2. Violent Soho ‘Like Soda’
1. Tame Impala ‘The Less I Know The Better’
My top song, as common as it may be, is Tame’s ‘The Less I Know The Better’. I was a huge fan of Currents when it was released, and this was by far my favourite off of the album. Groovy beat, hypnotic melodies, and a catchy chorus…. Hard not to love.
5. AkIhiro Honda ‘Sins of the Father’
4. Muse ‘Mercy’
3. Sleater-Kinney ‘No Cities To Love’
2. Wilco ‘Random Name Generator’
1. Bloc Party ‘The Love Within’
Despite a significant line up change and a big deviation from their early indie rock sound, ‘The Love Within’ feels like a natural progression for the band. Kele’s distinctive vocals are complemented by the infectious dancing beat, and the keyboards actually add to the band’s manic energy rather than hinder it.
5. U.S Girls ‘Damn That Valley’
4. Georgia Ann Muldrow ‘Tungsten Babalawo’
3. Girlpool ‘Before The World Was Big’
2. The Drones ‘Taman Shud’
1. Courtney Barnett ‘Pedestrian At Best’
For me, ‘Pedestrian At Best’ perfectly epitomises the unique talent of Courtney Barnett – to make a song that feels like she’s conversing with you rather than producing a song for you to simply consume. Her raw and comical depiction of the universally familiar feelings of inadequacy in ‘Pedestrian at Best’ are a testament to the fact that Courtney Barnett is one hundred percent the coolest, most relatable chick on the planet. I want her to be my friend.
(it also made our list for best vids of 2015!)
5. Grimes ‘Kill V. Maim’
4. Thundercat ‘Them Changes’
3. Tame Impala ‘The Moment’
2. David Bowie ‘Blackstar’
1. Kamasi Washington ‘Change Of The Guard’
This song is so good it gives me heart palpitations. Even calling it a ‘song’ seems unjust. This is a work of art that was vastly overlooked in 2015. It’s true, most listeners will struggle to make it through these 12 minutes of raw emotion and power but if you do, you’re my new best friend.
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Courtney Melba Barnett (born 3 November 1987) is an Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne. Known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style, she attracted attention with the release of her debut EP, I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris. International interest from the UK and North American music press came with the
Foals are an indie rock band from Oxford, England. Formed in 2005, they are comprised of Yannis Philippakis (lead vocals and guitar), Jack Bevan (drums), Jimmy Smith (guitar), Walter Gervers (bass) and Edwin Congreave (keyboard). Their fourth album What Went Down was released in August 2015 and featured hit singles 'What Went Down' and 'Mountain
“I woke up this morning thinking I sure hope I meet some nice Aussies who want to rock and roll with me tonight” – singer Brittany Howard Brittany, we’d rock and roll with you anytime. Alabama Shakes’ debut record ‘Boys & Girls’ arrived like a lightning bolt last year, seducing us with its bluesy rock
The 1975 are an English alternative/indie rock band based in Manchester. The group consists of Matthew Healy (vocals, guitar), Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums), and Ross MacDonald (bass). They have released four EPs: Facedown, Sex, Music for Cars and IV. Their self-titled debut album was released on 2 September 2013 through Dirty Hit/Polydor.
Deerhunter is an American four-piece group originating from Atlanta, Georgia. The band, composed of Bradford Cox, Moses Archuleta, Josh Fauver, and Lockett Pundt, have described themselves as “ambient punk,” though they incorporate a wide range of genres, including noise rock, art rock, ambient, shoegaze, and post-punk.
The Brisbane grunge heroes have revamped the garage fuzz to an audience longing for some sing-a-long garage rock.
Chet Faker (born Nicholas James Murphy) is an Australian electronica musician. In 2012 he signed to Downtown Records in the United States and issued an extended play, Thinking in Textures. In October that year he won 'Breakthrough Artist of the Year' and Thinking in Textures won 'Best Independent Single/EP' at the Australian Independent Records Awards.
Bloc Party are a British indie rock band, composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Russell Lissack (lead guitar), Gordon Moakes (bass guitar, synths, backing vocals, glockenspiel), and Matt Tong (drums, backing vocals). Their brand of music is said to have been drawn from such bands as The Cure,Mogwai,Siouxsie and the Banshees and in
The Drones are an Australian rock group influenced by an eclectic bunch of bands and soloists including Neil Young, The Velvet Underground, Bad Brains, Suicide, Green on Red, The Birthday Party, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Nina Simone, but have forged a unique sound of their own that is at once excoriating and exhilarating.