Here are my favourite albums of 2015 in no particular order.

1  Richard Hawley Hollow Meadows

A confident collection of beautiful tracks, Hawley’s voice at its most sublimely expressive. My favourite track is the non-ballad Which Way shall I go?, sexy with a touch of menace. Hawley’s performance at The Roundhouse a few weeks’ ago was one of my gigs of the year too.

2  Jane Weaver The Silver Globe

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Weaver ‘comes of age’ on The Silver Globe. A collection of shimmering psychedelic space-rock numbers with the beautiful Hawkwind-riffed The Electric Mountain ladling on the atmosphere.

3  Parastatic Recall Fade Return

Those yearning for some powerful Neu-tinged ambient rock should check out the latest album from North-east trio. Parastatic. Includes the hauntingly beautiful single St Mary. 


4  Django Django  Born under Saturn

A self-assured, addictive album. Django Django have honed their synthy sound and feel-good, Beach-Boy flavoured harmonies. Not easy to pick a favourite, as of today it’s Reflections, but final track Life we Know wins points for doing that Django thing whereby an ordinary song suddenly erupts into something utterly lovely.

5  Kurt Vile Pretty Pimpin’

Vile’s latest album features more soul-searching (check out Vile’s accompanying video) … the final few tracks are a bit harder to get into but this is an inspired collection. That’s Life Tho (almost hate to say) is a powerful and at times Dylanesque hard look at life and riding out depression.

6  LoneLady  Hinterland

An inspiring collection of material from Mancunian Julie Campbell. The title track with its tribal feel is a standout track. LoneLady will perform at The Trades Hebden Bridge in January as part of Caught by the River.

7  Floating Points  Elaenia

My electronic album of the year, a cohesive, subtle and sensual collection with two high points, the multilayered Silhouettes and final number,  Peroration Six.

8  O’Connell & Love  Minesweeping

If you can’t get enough of Alabama 3 and gravel-voiced Larry Love, check out this elegantly-produced duel project by Larry and Brendan O’Connell (it’s their second album together). Plaintive country and blues best sung at the bar just before closing time. Fave track: It was the sweetest thing.

More goodies:


The female quartet have produced a beautiful collection of pop-classical numbers – lush compositions befitting film soundtracks.

The Battles of Winter  Standing at the Floodgates

A driving urgency, a wall of guitar-power and a hint of menace in the vocal delivery. Let’s hope they do some live performances in 2016. If you like Echo and the Bunnymen and Editors, these are your guys.


9  Elephant Stone  The Devil’s Shelter

Another beautiful song heavy on the psychedelia from the Canadian foursome, who played The Lexington and The Bull & Gate back in 2012. If you haven’t heard them before, check out their self-titled album Elephant Stone  (2013).

10 Dr Trippy  Punjabi Swamp Music

Dr Trippy albumMore wondrous dancey Punjabi swamp  from Dr Trippy. I discovered him at Bearded Theory Festival this year and look forward to some live shows in 2016.

What were your favourite albums this year? Any recommendations?




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