End of Month List, Music

October 2015 New Music

I listen to all the bad music, so you don’t have to . . .

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October 2015 Spotify Playlist

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October 2015 Apple Music Playlist

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Best Indie Rock

Bradford Cox fronted band, Deerhunter, return with a critically well received indie rock album. After 2013’s rollicking Monomania, this newest album shows a turn back towards hazy Dream Pop.

Fading FrontierDeerhunter – Fading Frontier

  • Genre – Indie Rock, Dream Pop
  • From – Georgia
  • Fav Tracks – Snakeskin, Breaker, Living My Life, All the Same
  • Recommended Tracks – All the Same, Living My Life, Breaker, Duplex Planet,
  • Singles – Snakeskin, Breaker, Living My Life

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Best Surprise

Beach House just released Depression Cherry a couple of months ago, so the surprise release of another full length album was quite a surprise. High marks for Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally for maintaining great quality writing while being simultaneously prolific.

Thank Your Lucky StarsBeach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars

  • Genre – Dream Pop
  • From – Baltimore, MD
  • Fav Tracks – All Your Yeahs, Marjorette, Elegy to the Void, Somewhere Tonight, Common Girl
  • Recommended Tracks – Marjorette, She’s So Lovely, All Your Yeahs, One Thing, Common Girl, The Traveller, Elegy to the Void, Rough Song, Somewhere Tonight

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Best Synth Pop

Alan Palomo is the mind behind Neon Indian.  Palomo was born in Mexico and was raised in San Antonio, TX. He lists Austin, Denton (he attended the University of North Texas) and Brooklyn as his hometowns on Facebook. In Vega INTL. Night School, Palomo careens down the 80’s look and sound highway.

Vega intl night schoolNeon Indian – Vega INTL. Night School

  • Genre – Electronic, Synthpop
  • From – Texas
  • Fav Tracks – Annie, Slumford, The Glitzy Hive, 61 Cygni Ave
  • Recommended Tracks – Annie, The Glitzy Hive, Slumlord, Techno Clique, Baby’s Eyes, 61 Cygni Ave
  • Single – Annie

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Best Alternative R&B

Kelela’s EP stands tall among the high quality female vocalists in alternative R&B this year (FKA Twigs, Nao)

HallucinogenKelela –  Hallucinogen (EP)

  • Genre – Electronic, Alternative R&B
  • From – Maryland; Los Angeles, CA
  • Fav Tracks – Rewind, All the Way Down, A Message
  • Recommended Tracks – A Message, Gomenasai, Rewind, All the Way Down

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Best Electronic Art Pop

Devon Welsh and Matthew make up the Canadian electronic duo, Magical Cloudz. They make moderately paced and  pensive indie pop.

Are You AloneMajical Cloudz – Are You Alone?

  • Genre – Electronic Indie Pop
  • From – Montreal, Canada
  • Fav Tracks – Downtown
  • Recommended Tracks – Are You Alone?, Silver Car Crash, Downtown

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Best Under-the-Radar

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die can come off as larger than life with a name that is a small story in itself and a large group of come and go members numbering around eight. The songs also depict elaborate topics such as the track, “January 10th, 2014,” which reportedly depicts the story of Diana Hunter of Busdrivers who is a revenge killer in Mexico.

HarmlessnessThe World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Harmlessness

  • Genre – Emo
  • From – Connecticut
  • Fav Track – January 10th 2014, You Can’t Live There Forever, I Can Be Afraid of Anything
  • Recommended Tracks – January 10th 2014, I Can Be Afraid of Anything, You Can’t Live There Forever, Rage Against the Dying of the Light, Ra Patera Dance, Haircuts for Everybody

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Best Side Project Collaboration

Matt Berninger (The National) and Brent Knopf (Menomena) set their regular bands aside for a highly listenable collaboration.

Return to the MoonEL VY – Return To The Moon

  • Genre – Indie Rock
  • Fav Tracks – Return to the Moon, I’m the Man to Be, Paul Is Alive
  • Recommended Tracks – Return to the Moon, I’m the Man to Be, Paul Is Alive, Need a Friend, Silent Ivy Hotel, No Time to Crank the Sun, It’s a Game, Sleeping Light, Careless

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Best Alt Country

Dallas Green puts forth a soulful and earnest album with a strong pop sensibility.

If I Should Go Before YouCity and Colour – If I Should Go Before You

  • Genre – Indie Folk, Alt Country
  • From – Ontario, Canada
  • Fav Tracks – Wasted Love, Runaway, Lover Come Back
  • Recommended Tracks – Wasted Love, Runaway, Lover Come Back, If I Should Go Before You, Woman, Northern Blues, Map Of The World

 

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Best Mainstream

unbreakableJanet Jackson – Unbreakable

  • Genre – R&B
  • Fav Tracks – No Sleep (PKCZ remix), Burnitup!, Unbreakable
  • Recommended Tracks – No Sleeep (PKCZ remix), No Sleeep, Burnitup!, Unbreakable

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Best Singer-Songwriter

Patty Griffin returns with her bold ninth album. Spacious arrangements and several songs without a constant meter render this a sort of avant-garde folk, if you will.

Servant Of LovePatty Griffin – Servant of Love

  • Genre – Folk, Singer-Songwriter
  • From – Maine
  • Fav Tracks – Hurt a Little While, Servant of Love, Everything’s Changed, There Isn’t One Way
  • Recommended Tracks – Servant of Love, Hurt a Little While, 250,000 Miles, Made of the Sun, Rider of Days, There Isn’t One Way, Noble Ground, Shine a Different Way
  • Single – Rider of Days

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Best Experimental Electronic

Arthur Ashin strays further from pop with this album, but the strength of his vocals carries this album along with the interesting jazz instrumentation.

Age Of TransparencyAutre Ne Veut – Age of Transparency

  • Genre – Experimental Electronic, Alternative R&B
  • From – New York
  • Fav Tracks – Panic Room, Never Wanted, Age of Transparency, Switch Hitter
  • Recommended Tracks – Panic Room, Age of Transparency, Switch Hitter, World War Pt 2, Get Out

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October 2015 Long Playlist

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