Best of 2015 recap

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.

The Claw
Bad News Perfume

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.

Learn to Swim
Last Few Days

Shopping – Why Choose
Post-punk reminiscent of Gang of Four and The Slits.  I enjoyed the use of both male and female vocals here.

Straight Lines
No Show

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.

Wake Up Tonight
Ice Prism

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.

I Found The Letter
Nothing Seems to Work Right

Summer Cannibals – Show Us Your Mind
Indie-rock/power pop with fuzzy riffs and catchy female vocals.

Not Your Turn

Sundowners – s/t
’60s-style folk-rock with plenty of vocal harmonies.

If Wishes Were Horses
Back to You

Wildhoney – Sleep Through It
Jangly, atmospheric, fuzzy dream-pop/shoegaze.  Not terribly original but they are great at what they do.

Maybe You’re Crazy

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.

Soul Revolution

Shana Falana – Set Your Lightning Fire Free
Psychedelic dream­pop with reverb-heavy vocals.

That Girl

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