Our planet has take another spin around its star. Happy New Year! That means we’re also at the tail end of Year End Music mode. It’s that time to take stock and remember, “Oh year, The Decemberists record came out in January 2015! Wow!” This will matter soon enough.
For me, 2015 was a year of both expansion and isolation. Addressing the expansion: I was introduced to many new and fascinating sounds. I’m not sure Holly Herndon should count as music, but then what would you call it? I heard more electronic, rap, and country music than I had in the past.
On the flip side, I reacted to some of the world by pulling inward. I kept coming back to comfortable indie rock. Spoon was never far away, and Japandroids kept me thinking positive. 2015 was the year that opened me to Belle and Sebastian, and If You’re Feeling Sinister in particular. It’s 19 years old at this point, and maybe the best thing I heard for the first time in 2015.
Today, I choose to start remembering the sorta-best music of 2015. But instead of outright saying “best,” I’ve decided to go with “my favorite.” I can’t take ownership of the entire culture, and Lord knows I haven’t heard everything out there. This year, it’s the music I loved most. These lists were always that way, only now the distinction is formalized.
There’s a Spotify Playlist at the end if you’d rather listen that way. Your choice!
(Some arbitrary, self-imposed rules: only one song per artist, and if songs are part of a proper album, the release date must be in 2015. That means we can use Sleater-Kinney now! Hooray!)