Well friends, it's the last day. The final hours, minutes, seconds of 2015. What a year! Last we spoke, we rambled on and on about how great we were this year. We wanted to take a quick hot minute to talk a bit about some other things we liked this year. An objective look at all the things we enjoyed this year. Join us, for what we're calling "Albums we liked this year" (pretty catchy title, right?)
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Firstly, we look to our pal and yours Michael Feuerstack. MF put out another beauty of an album this year, as he is want to do. We were lucky to spend some time with him at various festivals throughout Canada, and we were equally lucky to hear these songs in a variety of forms. Solo. Full Band. Main stage at a festival, and in the back room of an amazing little Greek restaurant. The man does not, and will not, disappoint. Listen for thyself, ye mortals, and rejoice:
Staying in the Forward Music Group stable (because their logo is a horse. Get it? You get it...) we turn to Gianna Lauren. On Personhood, her last album, is on pretty steady rotation in the office. Office Cat Charlie just can't get enough! So needless to say, colour us jazzed to hear some new tunes this year in advance of what is sure to be an amazing new record. A beautiful voice singing beautiful songs with dynamic energy. There is nothing to not like here.
We can't say enough good things about Steve Lambke. You may know him as a member of The Constantines. Perhaps you have swoond and swayed to his albums under the monikr Baby Eagle. Well this year, Mr Lambke struck out under his own name with an absolutely beautiful album called Day of Heaven. We first heard some of these songs in a church in Sackville, NB during sappyfest 10, and holy moly, they were the best of the best. Beautiful, haunting, poetic. Just the best. Do yourself a favour, add this to your stock!
So, speaking of Sappy 10. This year, late at night, we pushed and shoved our way into Thunder & Lightning to hear a band that we heard about in whispers on the wind. Partner were on everyones lips. And sweet sassy molassy, they did not disappoint. Not sure the right words exist to describe that show we witnessed, but it changed us forever. Once word came down the pipe that our pals over at You've Changed Records had added them to their lineup, we've been eagerly devouring any and all new tunes coming from their campy. Do yourselves a favour and hit up these tunes, and peep this sweet video while you're at it. A full length record cannot come fast enough.
Lastly, here's another bit of amazing that hit this year. Mauno. Holy shit. By far one of our most favourite records we heard this year. Rough Master is a real stunner of a record, beautiful, complex, dynamic. Synergy. It's all the words, buzz and otherwise. We caught them at a church in Halifax during Pop Explosion this year, and it was far and wide one of the most amazing things we've ever witnessed. This is another one we just can't stop playing in the office. In the car. Late at night. First thing in the morning. Just Can't Get Enough. Fingers crossed we're going to hear and see more amazing things form them in the new year. And then the new year after that. And so on.
That's it. 6 sweet tracks from 6 amazing artists. We hope you found lots of new music to be excited about this year. We know for a fact there's going to be plenty in 2016 you're going to love. Have a fun, happy, safe New Year everyone, we'll see you all on the other side.
-list compiled by Headless Owl guy Andrew. If you want to see what Mathias/The Burning Hell thought of 2015, I'd highly recommend their blog over here