2K15 has been an incredible year for music from both international and Australian artists. Here are my ten favourite songs of the year so far.
10. San Cisco - RUN
After seeing San Cisco live three times this year, RUN has proved to be one of their best tracks so far both live and as a studio recording. The punchy and dominant bass line elevates the track. It's fair to compare the sound to Vampire Weekend.
9. Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian At Best
Album: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Melbourne artist Courtney Barnett is doing Australia proud by gaining the attention of music fans and publications in both the UK and US. Pedestrian At Best is just one of her many unique and honest Indie-Rock tracks.
8. Gengahr - She's A Witch
Album: A Dream Outside
British band Gengahr are new to the Indie/Alt music scene and have gained an Australian fan base predominantly through airplay on Triple J. I struggled to find a witty fact about the band as they don't have a Wikipedia page yet. She's A Witch is a track with an organic and honest feel filled with dreamy falsetto vocals. The band brought a great live set to Splendour In The Grass this year.
7. Blur - Ong Ong
Album: The Magic Whip
Blur hadn't produced an album since 2003, and their 2015 release The Magic Whip was a huge surprise to all. Ong Ong could have been written in the 90's during the Britpop era, and manages to capture classic elements of Blur's unique sound, including Graham Coxon's crunchy and obscure guitar riffs.
6. Jamie xx - Loud Places
Album: In Colour
Loud Places is an easy-listening predominantly electronic track from British producer Jamie xx. The choral chorus conjures a warm and uplifting feeling. The producer is rumoured to be working with Noel Gallagher- an interesting collaboration that I'm keen to hear.
5. Modest Mouse - Lampshades On Fire
Album: Strangers To Ourselves
I still can't work out what Modest Mouse are on about in this track, but it's great. The reggae-like beat and aggressive energetic vocals are unique and manic. The repetitious hook of 'da da da's' struggled to leave my head for a number of weeks.
4. Everything Everything - Distant Past
Album: Get To Heaven
When I first heard this track I was unsure what genre I was listening to. Everything Everything are able to forge electronic, rock and hip-hop into one song. The track's lyrics feel somewhat alien and add to its chaotic feel. I saw the band at Splendour In The Grass this year and the song proved to be an epic conclusion to their set.
3. The Rubens - Hoops
Aussie rock/pop band The Rubens made a massive dent in the ARIA charts with their 2012 debut album coming in at #3, and with crisp production and big sounding instrumentation it was hard to imagine how they could top it with a follow up. Hoops is not only the title of the new album, but also the second single from the 2015 release. The track is highly reflective of the band's latest sound which features electronic beats and more stripped back instrumentation which allows for clarity in Sam Margin's lead vocals.
2. Mini Mansions ft. Alex Turner - Vertigo
Album: The Great Pretenders
Vertigo is one of the ultimate alt-pop tracks with eerie lead vocals and a guest appearance from Arctic Monkeys front man Alex Turner. The track runs for almost five minutes and is full of dynamic multi-layered vocal sections. I’m keen to see Mini Mansions live this year in November when they play the support slot for Tame Impala.
1. Tame Impala - Let It Happen
The man behind Tame Impala, Kevin Parker, self-produced the bands full 2015 album, Currents in his home studio. Let It Happen is an eight minute masterpiece that merges dance beats, hypnotic trance synths, and catchy guitar riffs during the climax. For me, the message of this song is literally the title. The lyrics toy with the idea of an overworked person who can't relax and live in the present. This is also clear from the song's recent music video. The feel of urgency is also heard in the composition which has a unique 12/4 time signature.