AQUILOGY’S favourite albums of 2015.5

We expected the worst but something pleasant happened. 2015 turned out to be a good year musically. After the great drought of 2011-2014, the illuminati stopped putting something in these musicians’ milk and they delivered. Here are my (mostly American/Western because even the internet {where we get our music these days} has an imperialist bias) 12 favourite albums from the first half of 2015:

12. Oddisee – “The Good Fight”

Simple man raps over near flawless beats.

11. Kendrick Lamar – “To Pimp A Butterfly”

An ambitious album in a era where most major label acts prefer conformity.

10. Tobias Jesso JR – “Goon”

Soulful white boy from LA singing about what soulful boys from LA sing about.

9. Jamie XX – “In Colour”

UK Blip Blops, sequenced just about right.

8. Panda Bear – “Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper”

A brilliant album about things that go through our head when we realise that we can’t be young forever.

7. Earl Sweatshirt – ” I Don’t Like Shit, I don’t Go Outside: An album by Earl Sweatshirt”

Well written sad raps that make you feel and hope at the same damn time.

6. Bjork – “Vulnicura”

An album about the interesting things that happens when the love we thought was forever dies.

5. Father John Misty – “I Love You, Honeybear”

Well written cynical stories about the act if being in love in post-recession ‘mericah and other things.

4. Dr Yen. Lo – “Days With Dr Yen. Lo”

How can we exorcise these demons when these demons are us?

3. Hiatus Kaiyote – “Choose Your Weapon”

Man, these white Australians made an album your fave neo soul artist’s been tryna make for the last ten years

Two number ones…

1. Kamasi Washington – “The Epic”

An ambitious three disc, three hour long modern Jazz classic from the guy previously known as one of the dudes that did the jazz shit in kendrick’s album.

1. Sufjan Stevens – “Carrie & Lowell”

This ugly world does not deserve this beautiful album by Sufjan Stevens about a mother who abandoned him when he was five and died right when he was tryna reconnect.

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