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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Why Make Sense?
Few bands churn out the dance hits like Hot Chip. In case you are unfamiliar, Hot Chip is five somewhat nerdy white Brits that know disco, house, and pop music like the back of their hand, releasing six infectious albums in the last ten years. The band has always been half-humor and half-heart, but especially with their last album, In Our Heads, they have really kicked up the heart. Why Make Sense?, their latest, continues the tender-hearted streak, turning to gospel and house music as inspirations for their danceable love tunes, their most consistent set of songs since 2006’s The Warning.
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Django Django by Django Django: talk about the department of redundancy department. To make it even more amusing, they sound like the musical equivalent of Rango, the Johnny Depp-starred animated Western. Fortunately for the listener, the London indie rockers’ songs are full of everything beside Mumford and Sons-ish repetition. Their self-titled debut is 13 assorted and amusing psych pop songs that make for one of the major surprise albums and bands of 2012.
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It is a little over halfway through 2012 and a large breadth of music has been released in this time. This of course means that it is time to list what, in our opinion, are the best albums so far this year. We do this not to proselytize our readers into congratulating us on our superb music tastes, but instead to evaluate the current musical landscape. Today’s list will also provide some loose guidelines for when we do make our end of the year list – although it is merely a predictor and not definitive on how we will feel at the end of the year.
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Summer is just around the corner, and the heat has even peaked its head a little early (at least here in the Midwest). Summer is a great time for music, from all the big music festivals, outdoor concerts, to just driving with windows down and the music blasted, summer is pretty hard to beat. So here is another installment in our This NOT That series – offering healthier options for some of the more harmful songs from the Billboard charts.
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In the Grace of Your Love
Spiritually uplifting indie dance music? Weird…
That was my reaction as well on first listen of In the Grace of Your Love, NYC dance-punk outfit The Rapture’s fourth album and first following a five year hiatus, but The Rapture actually make the mix fit like a glove. Following 2006’s commercially viable Pieces of the People We Love, front man Luke Jenner had an eventful half-decade; becoming a father, losing bassist Matt Safer from his band, and far worse, losing his mother to suicide. From these experiences, Jenner converted to Catholicism, and the lyrics on In the Grace of Your Love reflect this conversion and his experiences, reaching out to God to make sense of things, showcasing candid frustration but also devoted praise.
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