Our Favourite Tracks of 2015
The Best Music of 2015, through the ears of Innovation Director, Ben
It's that time of year where I love to share my favourite tracks of the year gone by. Music is absolute soul food, it helps us find rest, energy, peace and perspective. Different tracks power our days, recharge us and enable us to have focus. Here's my list. Enjoy and share your favourite songs with us!
Happy New Year! Ben
1 - Ryan Adams - Style
Ryan Adams take on Taylor Swift's 'Style' is like a Sonic Youth meeting the Smiths on St Kilda beach for a sunset drive to Portsea, freaking epic. Those tines, that vocal. The entire LP is incredible and a must buy.
2- The Weekend - Can't Feel My Face
Pop anthem of the year? Most probably. Wonderful melody, awesome bass. Bish, bash, bosh thank you very much.
3 - Citizens & Saints - You Brought Me Back to Life
Faith for many is important aspect of life. This song energises me and enables me to be so thankful for the blessings we have, whilst getting a serious alt-pop groove on. What a tune!
4 - Sleater Kinney - Survace Envy
The return of Sleater Kinney did not disappoint. Two punking guitars dancing over one another, huge drums and the biting vocal. Great song from a great album.
5 - Courtney Barnett - Pedestrain at Best
One of my big regrets is turning down an opportunity to see Courtney play when I was in Melbourne a few years ago. Pedestrian at Best is probably the stand out track for her debut LP. Her whit and the tones she pulls out from her telecaster bring about sheer joy.
6 - Pale Waves - The Tide
Chilled, smooth, electro pop, love this track.
7 - Jose Gonzalez - Leaf Off / The Cave
Jose has an ability to evoke such a variety of emotions through the same tone of voice. From his breakthrough album Veneer to the Walter Mitty soundtrack he can do no wrong on my eyes. I adore this track, spine tingling brilliance.
8 - Laura Marling - False Hope
Every album she has ever produced has been a masterclass in songcraft and her output in 2015 was no different. Laura went electric, which added a new dynamic and False Hope pretty much capped the album off.
9 - Florence & The Machine - St Jude
Probably one of the greatest and most unique vocals around, Florence Welch's latest album was sublime. St Jude became the perfect chill out track for 2015.
10 - Wolf Alice - Your Love's Whore
The stand out track from their debut LP, perfect melody, amazing beat, what's not to love? We saw these guys play at the Plug earlier in the year - make sure you see them if you get the chance.
11 - The Tallest Man on Earth- Darkness of the Dream
After bumping into frontman Kritsian on multiple occasions, I was delighted to finally see him play live, and it was well and truly worth the wait. I saw him play at the Albert Hall in Manchester, surely one of the UK's most majestic venues. This is one of the strongest songs off one of my favourite albums of 2015, Dark Bird is Home. Incredible.
12 - Drenge - Running Wild
Their debut was stunning, their follow up was a grunge masterpiece. This track, Running Wild is perfect soundtrack for a dusk drive through a forest in the peaks.
13 - Phil Cook - Great Tide
Phil is quite possibly the nicest man in music that I've ever met, such a gentle spirit. As one of the trio, The Shouting Matches (with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver) his blues tone and smooth keys enabled their tracks to climb. His solo LP is full of absolute joy and evokes his personality and craft with such ease.
14 - Coldplay - Up & Up
Coldplay have always provided the soundtrack to significant periods of life. Their new LP, a Head Full of Dreams is a fix of sheer pop perfection. Yes, Coldplay have shifted their approach, but growth and development is something that we salute. Probably the stand out track, this track, Up & Up closes the LP and will be the terrace anthem of 2016.
15 - Muse - Pycho
Riff of the year? Maybe! Muse came back raw and charged in 2015, and this track set teh president for a wonderful rock record.
16 - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds- You know we can't go back
Noel Gallagher's second solo album was, in my opinion, the best thing since WTSMG. He clearly had a skip in his step as his songwriting was on point, as was the craft of the track delivery. The optimism and joy in this song set the bench mark for a superb rock and roll album. What an absolute stunner. Audio love!