Friday, 1 January 2016

Top 25 Songs of 2015

Happy New Year! I'm not going to make the mistake of publishing my New Year Resolutions this year but having run down my favourite songs of the year in as a Musical Advent I thought I'd compile them into one list to start things off instead.

This also lets me rearrange a few that, after listening to them quite a bit over the last month, I've decided needed to be higher up the list. Specifically the jaw droppingly beautiful The Bird by Kathryn Joseph and the lyrically smart Several Shades of Green by Wreckless Eric.

25. Moon Duo - Slow Down Low -
24. Nadine Shah - Fool -
23. This Is The Kit - Bashed Out -
22. Trembling Bells - Killing Time in London Fields -
21. Charli XCX & Rita Ora - Doing It -
20. Girl Band - Pears For Lunch -
19. Primitive Parts - Miracle Skin -
18. Speedy Ortiz - Raising The Skate -
17. Thee Oh Sees - Web -
16. Low - What Part of Me -
15. Samantha Crain - Kathleen -
14. Sleaford Mods - No One's Bothered -
13. Monotony - Monotony -
12. Courtney Barnett - Depreston -
11. Ultimate Painting - Break The Chain -
10. Kathryn Joseph - The Bird -
9. Ezra Furman - Ordinary Life -
8. Joanna Newsom - Sapokanikan -
7. Wreckless Eric - Several Shades of Green -
6. Sleater Kinney - No Cities To Love -

5. Wave Pictures - Pea Green Coat - The Wave Pictures have been on fine form of late and this was one of the first tracks I heard from their collaboration with Wild Billy Childish. A song I can't help singing along to at the top of my voice whenever it comes on.

4. Leisure Society - Tall Black Cabins - The tall black cabins mentioned are the net drying huts used by local fisherman on The Stade in Hastings, an area I know quite well. It's a beautiful song but the link with a place I know made it resonate all the more.

3. LoneLady - Hinterland - The title track from my Album of the year and the tune that really won me over to LoneLady's sound. It's sparse and spiky and magnificent.

2. Sauna Youth - Transmitters - The DNA of Sauna Youth runs through a few of these entries but I think they found they're best moments in their original form.

1. Meilyr Jones - Refugees - My song of the year. It was the first of three tunes release by Meilyr Jones and really blew my socks off. Meilyr was formerly singer in a band called Race Horses (previously known as Radio Luxembourg) who were pretty great but he's taken things to a whole new level if this song is anything to go by. One of my tips for the top in 2016.


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