Onto the music: Spotify Playlist
Tycho . Division
Off of their excellent release, Epoch, Division has every essential element that makes Tycho my go-to time and time again for instrumental/electronic music.
LaPeer . Favorite Day Thanks to Noisetrade for the introduction. Sit back and enjoy the 80s all over again!
The Lumineers . Cleopatra This is the self-titled foot-stomper off of my favorite album of year, Cleopatra.
Ry-Lo . Come Close
My brightest find this past year. Absolutely cannot wait to hear more from her!
Sara Hartman . Monster Lead Me Home
Radiohead . Burn the Witch
An all-time favorite returns.
Cubicolor . Fictionalise
Such a complex sound mirrored perfectly with equally complex vocals.
Kyson . You
Dauwd . What's There
Broods . Free
DJ Shadow (feat. Nils Frahm) . Bergschrund
Classic Shadow; reimagined perfectly.
Beacon . Fault Lines
Deep, dark and complex.
Missio . Can I Exist
I mean, this song stops you in your tracks! And the video checks in as my favorite of the year, tackling a very current issue that deserves your thought.
Medic . Giants (Intro)
Probably the only time the "intro" to an album makes the cut, but I just can't shake this one.
Halfnoise . Know the Feeling
You can always count on Zac Farro (aka Halfnoise) to deliver the indie rock goods!
Social . Drive
New indie outfit turning out that fresh synth pop!
Chris Bartels . Missoula
Hardest working man in independent music with more projects than you have fingers on one-hand!
Mr Little Jeans . Fevers
Leah Lawson . Israel
Favorite singer-songwriter find this past year. Take a listen.
The Lumineers . My Eyes
I can't fully explain why, but probably the song I listened to most this past year. Highly recommended on vinyl.
Switchfoot . Hope Is The Anthem
Going out on a positive note with a group of guys who have been around for quite some time and for whom I have a ton of respect.
Previously: 2015 IN SOUND . 2014 IN SOUND . 2013 IN SOUND . 2012 IN SOUND . 11 IN SOUND . twenty-ten in sound . 08 IN SOUND . 2007 In Song . Six for '06