Is it really 2016 already? As we transition into a time of new years resolutions (that may or may not be kept), fresh beginnings, and most importantly new music, it is time to reflect on what has turned out to be an incredible year in albums. Between a multitude of promising debuts, surprise discoveries, and bands that have kept me patiently waiting…and waiting… but turned out amazing albums more than worth the delay, there is a lot to be thankful for in 2015. I personally have faced the challenge of shortening a list of over 30 new albums that I have enjoyed to give you what I believe to be the best 10 albums of 2015. Without further ado here they are:
Even though Awolnation’s sophomore album Run certainly gave fans enough unique music to obsess over for a lifetime the band has decided to bless us with Wichita Panama, a B-Side that didn’t make the album. Wichita Panama is pretty typical Awolnation- which is to say, it’s not typical at all. With prominent beats, trumpet, and instantly likable catch lines sung or melodically shouted in Aaron Bruno’s distinctive voice, Wichita Panama stays accessible but also unpredictable.
Wichita Panama is the first song released as a part of Redbull’s 20 before 16 exclusive where they will be sharing 20 new songs over 20 days to bring in the new year. You can listen to Wichita Panama on their website here!
Check out my review of Awolnation’s sophomore album Run here
Find out if Awolnation will be playing live near you here
Do you want to come home sore after a night of dancing and screaming along to a collection of incredible songs? Do you want a mind blowing light show and energy so high you don’t think a single room can contain it? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you want an Awolnation concert. If you answered no, you don’t know it yet, but you want an Awolnation concert. Two days after Awolnation rocked the Sound Academy in Toronto, my feet still hurt, my arms are bruised from fist pumping into the barrier at the front, and post concert depression (which is a real thing) is at an all time high. Here’s what went down:
Family of the Year may have just released the song of the year- Make you Mine. This group, best known for their song Hero which was on the soundtrack of the movie Boyhood, have just set high standards for their third album out later this summer.
A chill and infectious summer jam, this song took everything that makes Family of the Year sound like Family of the Year and somehow made it better. If you don’t know their sound, think indie folk rock with a lot of fun and a sprinkle of that indefinable magic that lets you know you’ve stumbled upon something special. Make You Mine has a chorus that will not let you escape its joyful clutches. You have been warned- you will be singing “Summertime I’m going to make you mine” long after the track as stopped playing.
If you want to hear some of these new tunes live you can catch Family of the Year on tour with Awolnation – see all the dates here!
It’s been a while, but AWOLNATION’s follow up to their 2011 success, Megalithic Symphony, might in fact be bigger and better than the Awolnation debut. Impressively written, produced, and performed solely by Awolnation’s mastermind Aaron Bruno, Run is a 14 track masterpiece that gets better every time you listen to it. It’s solid all the way through – without being repetitive or scattered the listener is not about to get bored.