2015 has been a solid year in music so far as we examined last week with our list of best albums up to this point. This week, we take a look at some of the best tracks 2015 has had to offer. I think we have a very nice diverse list, although many of the songs have some sort of electronic element, but that’s just been the trend in the music industry the past few years. Enjoy the list, and please let us know your favorite tracks from 2015.
10. Viet Cong – “Silhouettes”
We all like post-punk with some teeth, and Viet Cong is currently hearkening back to some of our favorite artists of the early 80’s. “Silhouettes” is a great example of what Viet Cong has burst onto the scene with, not just settling into the genre, but expanding on it.
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Carrie & Lowell
Constantly making the left-turn, Sufjan Stevens stands in a small pool of artists that is always making unexpected but decidedly brilliant turns in his career. To some, it’s clearly disappointing when an artist like Sufjan is doing something that works so well and stops (two brilliant albums on Michigan and Illinois in his 50 states project and then completely dropped it) or delivers a lot of something you don’t necessarily want (over 100 of the songs in his 250 song catalog being Christmas songs), but you certainly get more than you bargained for when Sufjan does release music. Carrie & Lowell is Sufjan’s first non-Christmas album in five years since the electro-pop fantasy of Age of Adz, and it’s being billed as his return to folk. What it really is though, is his return to intimacy, as it’s a grieving album over the death his mother Carrie a few years back, who was an enigmatic figure in Sufjan’s life, struggling with schizophrenia, depression, and alcoholism.
The Lowell in Carrie & Lowell is 63 year-old Lowell Brams, Sufjan’s ex-stepfather who was married to mother for five years in the 80’s, and remains closely tied to Sufjan by helping him run his label, Asthmatic Kitty. This family focus brings out Sufjan’s most intimate album since Seven Swans, a beautifully vulnerable trip down memory lane, filled with regret, brokenness, and hope.
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So with yesterday being the Fourth of July, you may be a little America’d out – or maybe you are the type of person that never gets sick of the old red, white, and blue. Either way, we opted for a list that isn’t straight up American patriotic songs (that list will come another time), but still captures the American spirit. We opted to do the best songs about freedom and independence, which is what is really at the core of the Fourth of July – going way beyond any mushy nationalism. We figured this works for everyone, including our international readers as well. Plus, Todd hates America, so staying away from a straight up American list was in the blog’s best interest to keep him from quitting. So here are the ten songs we thought best instill the spirit and message of freedom.
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