1. Health - Death Magic

by Nate Utesch

Drenched in darkness. Seeping beauty. Stomping out the light with such thunder while singing to you with tears in its eyes. There are tracks on Death Magic that just annihilate me. And yet tracks like "Life" or "L.A. Looks" that peel off like unabashed pop singles. That marvelous moment in life when you come across something that feels like it was made just for you. Death Magic was this for me in 2015.

1. D'Angelo - Black Messiah

by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch

One of the most powerful albums of the year.


1. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

by Tara McCullough

This album is complete perfection. From beginning to end, it warms my insides. Sufjan is magic. Carrie and Lowell is magic.

1. Beirut - No No No

by Anna Hurley

I love that this record starts with bongos and handclaps in Gibraltar, which is just the most upbeat and fun opening track. It certainly seems like they have used every possible instrument there ever was or has been, including a selection of synths and electric organ. Combining all that with Zach Condon's folksy voice and complex arrangements makes this my favorite record of the year.

1. Foals - What Went Down

by Sasha Barr

The first time I heard/saw Foals they played a free show in Seattle at a small club on what might of been their first US tour. They’d just signed to Sub Pop as their US label and were beginning to make a name for themselves. That was in 2008 and since then they’ve become quite the powerhouse of a group. They’re one of those bands I’m always anxiously awaiting new music from, and they’ve yet to disappoint.


1. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

by Eric R. Mortensen

How lucky are we to have this album? Such a vulnerable portrayal of suffering. This album was a gift to me this year, and helped carve out a sanctuary space for some of my own suffering.

1. Jamie XX - In Colour

by Damien Correll

The trickling of singles and eps the past couple of years built up this release for some time. It totally delivered and the only outlier on the album, I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times), became one of the "songs of the summer".

1. Beach House - Depression Cherry

by Richard Perez

Hazy wave. Crashing down. 

1. Hot Chip - Why Make Sense?

by Jen DeRosa

Good for: Shower dancing and letting go 


1. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

by Jez Burrows

Intimate and completely devastating.