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Top 10 Albums of 2015 – Andrew Darley


Andrew Darley – 10 Albums of 2015

10. Steve Hauschildt – Where All Is Fled

On Steve Hauschildt’s newest album, he carves out graceful and melancholic soundscapes. With moods and textures which are expansive and ambient, Where All Is Fled is a record to get lost in.


9. Nils Frahm – Music For The Motion Picture Victoria

On his first film score, Nils Frahm continues on his path of discovering new spaces music can inhabit. Based solely on intuitive improvisations between himself and fellow musicians in reaction to watching the film for the first time, he translates the ominous air and electricity of the film’s story and visuals.



8. All We Are – All We Are

A wonderful debut record that captures the trio’s dynamic and chemistry as a band. At a time when disco and funk has made a comeback in a big way, this record shines through with its inventive melodies and warm production.



7. Rival Consoles Odyssey/Sonne

This release combines some of Ryan Lee’s most accomplished and skilled work to date. Songs like ‘Recovery’ and ‘3 Chords’ embodies those rare moments in music when songs move in a way which feels transcendent.



6. Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys

Hairless Toys is the brainchild of the Irish performer with her previous Moloko touring musical director Eddie Stevens. After the disco romp of 2007’s Overpowered, this record contrastingly unfurls itself in a slow reveal of sleepy house music, funk and country. Murphy is a mistress in giving listeners something they never knew they needed.



5. Susanne Sundfør – Ten Love Songs

For her fifth album, Susanne Sundfør pledged to push herself to write, arrange and self-produce an entire record. Ten Love Songs expands on her dramatic pop as she drives between full-bodied electronics, widescreen synthpop and organ ballads, taking on the overpowering and destructive potential of desire.



4. Torres – Sprinter

The gratification of Torres’ second album, Sprinter, is rooted in experiencing an artist poetically encapsulating the very fears and emotions which haunt her. It defiantly explores her relationships, family and self-esteem with songs which wield ferocious energy and those which could break into a whisper.



3. Björk – Vulnicura

Björk’s ninth record documents the demise of a life-defining relationship. Writing in an admittedly direct way about her emotions, she makes no attempt to dress up her pain.

Vulnicura is a challenging record both sonically and lyrically. She describes the darkest streams of human thought over lost love, yet ultimately, affirms the strength and knowledge that can only be found in our vulnerability.



2. Say Lou Lou – Lucid Dreaming

Say Lou Lou’s debut album delivers on their promise of sophisticated pop set by their early run of singles. The twin-sister duo, featuring Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson, pack Lucid Dreaming with hooks, sultry harmonies and tales of young love. ‘Beloved’ is a particular standout with its unforgettable chorus that’ll guarantee you “twist, shake”.



1. Vessels – Dilate

Vessels’ third record is an accomplished evolution into electronic music. Its nine songs rouse an unmistakable energy as they build and ascend in their hybrid of rich electronics and live instrumentation. Dilate is a joy to listen to on headphones to hear its tiniest nuances and played aloud to thump out its relentless beat.




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