There were a lot of obscure 2015 releases I’ve listened to, here are 10 of my favorites:
Barrence Whitfield and the Savages – Under the Savage Sky
Classic garage rock/soul with horns, great riffs, and an old-school recording style. They have albums going back to the ’80s but are still relatively unknown.
Knife Pleats – Hat Bark Beach
Another one of Rose Melberg’s bands. If you’re a fan of her previous bands (Tiger Trap, The Softies, Go Sailor) then you’ll like this. Catchy, sweet indie-pop songs averaging just over 2 minutes in length.
Shopping – Why Choose
Post-punk reminiscent of Gang of Four and The Slits. I enjoyed the use of both male and female vocals here.
Celestogramme – Wish Vehicles
Just some really well-produced psychedelic rock. The singer, Amanda Lindsey, was in another psychedelic band (Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies) and has worked with famed producer Mitch Easter.
The Mighty Sceptres – All Hail The Mighty Sceptres
Great debut album that brings a modern twist to ’50s and ’60s R&B, doo-wop, jazz and soul.
Summer Cannibals – Show Us Your Mind
Indie-rock/power pop with fuzzy riffs and catchy female vocals.
Sundowners – s/t
’60s-style folk-rock with plenty of vocal harmonies.
Wildhoney – Sleep Through It
Jangly, atmospheric, fuzzy dream-pop/shoegaze. Not terribly original but they are great at what they do.
Fay Hallam – Corona
Upbeat sunshine pop with some bossa nova influences. In the ’80s she was the singer of the band Makin’ Time and has worked with Billy Childish, Graham Day, and others of the Medway Scene.
Shana Falana – Set Your Lightning Fire Free
Psychedelic dreampop with reverb-heavy vocals.