TOP 3 ALBUMS OF 2015
My three favorite albums from 2015 each had a totally badass lady at the helm. Grimes, Susanne Sundfør, and Callie Crofts of My Fair Fiend all write their own songs, self-produce their records (!!), and basically run their whole operation. Grimes and Callie Crofts even designed their own album artwork. These women are forces of nature and are a huge inspiration for me, as shrewd businesswomen and uncompromising artists.
Susanne SunDFØr - Ten Love Songs
Sounds Like: Symphonic Baroque meets aggressive electronic music.
Favorites tracks: Memorial, Fade Away, Darlings, Slowly, Delirious
Why I Love This Album: Every once in a great while, an artist comes along who makes music I love so much that I feel it was made just for me. Sundfør's ethereal otherworldly soprano soars with gut-wrenching vulnerability over epic orchestration and hook-laden pop beats. It is clear that Sundfør delved deep into her emotional well for Ten Love Songs. My favorite lyric from "Memorial," my favorite song of 2015: "I know you are heartless, 'cause you took off my dress and you never put it on again."
Hear more: http://susannesundfor.com/
Grimes - Art Angels
Sounds Like: Candy-flipping at a dance party on the threshold between Heaven and Hell.
Favorites tracks: laughing and not being normal, Flesh Without Blood, Realiti, Pin
Why I Love This Album: When asked about the title of her latest album Claire Boucher (AKA Grimes) recently posted on Facebook "I refer to the demons in my head as Art Angels." Her new album is unapologetic electronic dance-pop, filtered through the dark creative vision of a true oddball. Dance-pop is normally not my thing, but I couldn't help but get completely addicted to this album. Grimes is operating at the height of her artistry, as a songwriter, a producer and a visionary.
Hear more: http://www.grimesmusic.com/
My Fair Fiend - Making Monsters
Sounds Like: The illegitimate love-child of Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle) and Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs).
Favorites tracks: Trapped Like A Ghost, Tourniquet, Making Monsters, Symbiotic Stare, Midnight Sun, Very Long Shadow
Why I Love This Album: I'm very proud to say that I was a Kickstarter backer on this album, because I knew it was going to be extraordinary, and Making Monsters didn't disappoint. Callie's vocals range from pristinely angelic to tortured banshee, singing hyper-intelligent poetry over aggressive riffs and haunting guitar hooks. Every track on this album showcases masterful songwriting and world-class musicianship.
Hear more: http://myfairfiend.com/
Here are my other favorite albums of 2015, in no particular order:
Adele - 25
The Lone Bellow - Then Came The Morning
Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color
Josh Ritter - Sermon on the Rocks
Florence + the Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
James Bay - Chaos and the Calm
Torres - Sprinter
FKA twigs - M3LL155X
Aurora - Running With The Wolves
Favorite Songs of 2015
I'm on a list-making roll! So here's a Spotify playlist of my favorite songs of 2015...