Top Ten Albums of 2015, by David Bax
10. So Hideous – Laurestine
9. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
8. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
7. Tame Impala – Currents
6. Vattnet Viskar – Settler
5. Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
4. Minsk – The Crash and the Draw
3. Jamie xx – In Colour
2. Deafheaven – New Bermuda
1. Mutoid Man – Bleeder
Honorable mentions include albums by Bong, Obsequiae, Exhumation, Julia Holter and Periphery. Best EP goes to Spectral Lore for “Gnosis” (I’m really into atmospheric/post-black metal this year, apparently). And I haven’t spent enough time with the new Baroness album to know if it should be on this list.
I love that Battleship Pretension is making a play for Pitchfork’s corner. I thought about posting my favorite albums of 2015 on Twitter, but this seems just as good a place as any. Here they are…
1. To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
2. New Bermuda, Deafheaven
3. Eat Pray Thug, Heems
4. Strangers to Ourselves, Modest Mouse
5. Meliora, Ghost B.C.
6. Summertime ’06, Vince Staples
That’s really all I have that’s new.
Already kicking myself for leaving off that Ghost album.
I don’t have a comprehensive ranking, but I was a big fan of that new Grimes album. And to me, what made Sunbather so great, which was the mish mash of gorgeous post-rock ambience and the metal vocals, was conspicuously absent from New Bermuda. Not faulting the band for going in a new direction, just didn’t think the new direction was as strong.
New Bermuda rules, Sunbather drools
(jk, I like Sunbather too)
Lol thnx bb