07. Wand - Golem
by Richard Perez
Cosmic debris. Dungeon riffs.
7. Panda Bear - Meets the Grim Reaper
by Damien Correll
More of a "headphone record" than a "listen-out-loud record" but it's pretty intoxicating.
7. Jamie XX - In Colour
by Jen DeRosa
Good for: Finishing a deadline or taking macro pictures of your cat.
7. Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues
by Tara McCullough
Sharp and progressive! The Punch Brothers never disappoint. These guys make up their own rules and it pays off every time.
7. Tame Impala - Currents
by Nate Utesch
Gorgeously quirky pop songs. Previously disguised as psychedelic rock 'n' roll. Currently marinating in nostalgic electronics. Check please.
7. Amason - Sky City
by Anna Hurley
Amason finally released a full album this year! I've been listening to them for a few years, but only singles here and there, so this was much anticipated for me. Overall, it's dramatic, moody, haunting, and atmospheric, party due to Amanda Bergman's lovely voice. My favorite track is NFB, where the beat picks up rather significantly for a very fun listen.
7. Chris Schlarb - Dropsy
by Jez Burrows
Simply the best soundtrack to a video game about a clown who hugs everything that you'll hear all year. Jazz, dub, surf-rock, Mark Motherbaughian instrumentals and more. Speaking purely quantitatively, I racked up more listens to Dropsy than any other record this year..
7. Thundercat - The Beyond / Where Giants Roam
by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch
Get lost in the city with this.
7. Metz - II
by Sasha Barr
FULL DISCLAIMER: METZ are a Sub Pop band and I worked with them on this album. All biases aside, I don’t think you could find a better “hard rock” album from 2015. “Hard rock” is a funny term. These goofy Canadians are the best.
7. Ratatat - Magnifique
by Eric R. Mortensen
I have been awaiting the return of Ratatat. Magnifique did not disappoint. I'm pretty sure that the hundreds of repeat plays of Abrasive at full volume wrecked my speakers in the truck.