I appreciate that this is a little late compared to most people, but I feel like, with child in tow these days, I need a little longer to cogitate on what albums I actually really like, which ones feel like they’ll stay with me, rather than the passing fads that I’ll have soon forgotten and not be playing in one, or five, or ten years’ time.
And so now I present my favourite albums of the year. And that year is 2015.
1. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (took a while, but what a love story; such detail, such humour, such honesty)
2. Grimes – Art Angels (pop as art as experiment; for kids and their adults too)
3. Susanne Sundfor – Ten Love Songs (grand emotion written in giant sweeps)
4. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (fearsome, delicate, angry, why didn’t we listen more?)
5. Sons of Kemet – Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do (jazz as cultural and historical exploration, with tunes, and so many drums)
6. Destroyer – Poison Season (almost as good as Kaputt, but less tied together by a zeitgeisty aesthetic)
7. Polar Bear – Same As You (low key groove explorations of love)
8. D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah (see Kendrick)
9. Four Tet – Morning / Evening (utility should never be underrated)
10. Floating Points – Elaenia (inconsistent, but the peaks are so good)