The Best Albums of 2015

December 23. 2015 | By Staff

Black Ryder
The Black Ryder
The Door Behind the Door
@theblackryder opens The Door Behind the Door to the dream w/in the psyche & walks us into a room full of wonder & enlightenment #OwlBest15
-Collin Welbon

Built to Spill
Built to Spill
Untethered Moon
@Built_2_Spill added another collection of timeless indie rock to our music libraries w/ Untethered Moon #OwlBest15
-Collin Welbon

Abyss
Chelsea Wolfe
Abyss
A fully realized universe of night terrors & sleep-deprived soul searching, Abyss is @CCHELSEAWWOLFE’s masterpiece #OwlBest15
-Sean Morris

Chvrches
Chvrches
Every Open Eye
Every Open Eye’ presents a tighter, poppier @CHVRCHES—it’s consistent and catchy as hell. #OwlBest15
-Katie Carroll

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Courtney Barnett
Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
@courtneymelba ups the ante with a full-band sound, flying the flag for loners everywhere. @milk_records #OwlBest15
-Wayne Jessup

Deafheaven
Deafheaven
New Bermuda
Never has screaming your throat out to the dark ether been so satisfying. Thanks for #newbermuda @deafheavenband #OwlBest15
-Dustin Ragucos

Death Cab
Death Cab for Cutie
Kintsugi
Brooding lyrics with melodies to match, @dcfc shined through muddled emotions on #Kintsugi. #OwlBest15
-Jennie Tan

FJM
Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear
Father John Misty puts himself in the crosshairs, doesn’t forget to shred society at large, and we’re all the winners. @subpop #OwlBest15
-Wayne Jessup

Fuzz
Fuzz
II
@TySegall and Fuzz unleashed one of the most raw, trippified cuts of 2015. #OwlBest15
-Cervante Pope

Girlpool
Girlpool
Before the World Was Big
Graduating from LA to move on to Philly, @girlpoolband essays the perfect valedictory with their debut album, @wichitarecs #OwlBest15
-Wayne Jessup

Grimes
Grimes
Art Angels
Laugh, cry, and grab a chainsaw to level emotional cities. You’ll need it w/ @grimezsz great #artangels #OwlBest15
-Dustin Ragucos

Health
Health
Death Magic
#DEATHMAGIC FROM @_HEALTH_ MAKES YOU WANT TO DO DARK THINGS IN DARK CORNERS DRESSED IN ALL BLACK. #OwlBest15
-Mayumi Okamoto

Jamie xx
Jamie xx
In Colour
#InColour from Jamie xx – Dance. Drink. Chill. Repeat. @youngturks #OwlBest15
-Mayumi Okamoto

Joanna Newsom
Joanna Newsom
Divers
#JoannaNewsom’s Divers – Sweeping romanticism & storytelling you’ll want to replay again & again @dragcityrecords #OwlBest15
-Lacey Lampe

TPAB
Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp A Butterfly
@kendricklamar might have reached his apotheosis w/ TPAB, a socially conscious & explosive hip-hop record #OwlBest15.
-Dustin Ragucos

Kurt Vile
Kurt Vile
b’lieve I’m goin down…
@therealkurtvile continues to put out great rock records, and he’s at his best on b’leive. Relaxed, and masterful. #owlbest15
-Jeff Bracco

Lake Poets
The Lake Poets
The Lake Poets
The self-titled debut from @TheLakePoets is deceptively simple: its delicate folk songs will wind their way into your soul. #OwlBest15
-Katie Carroll

Nathaniel
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
@NRateliff leaves his singer-songwriter persona behind on his fantastic album with the Night Sweats. It’s souful, bluesy gold. #OwlBest15
-Katie Carroll

Panda
Panda Bear
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Tie-dye tinted EDM meets classic hip hop meets classical on the majestic @pandabear Meets the Grim Reaper #OwlBest15
-Sean Morris

Seafret
Seafret
Oceans EP
Raw, gravelly, beautiful folk: @SeafretOfficial’s ‘Oceans’ EP is just the beginning. Watch for their debut album next year. #OwlBest15
-Katie Carroll

Sleater
Sleater-Kinney
No Cities to Love
@Sleater_Kinney returned and conquered. #NoCitiestoLove is an exhilarating album of pertinent lyrics & rollicking guitar riffs. #OwlBest15
-Jennie Tan

Stornoway
Stornoway
Bonxie
Songs about birds never sounded so good. @StornowayBand’s folk gem Bonxie is the band’s best—and birdiest—album to date. #OwlBest15
-Katie Carroll

Tamaryn
Tamaryn
Cranekiss
Cranekiss was a great ode to classic 80s and 90s stylings from @TAMARYNmusic #OwlBest15
-Cervante Pope

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Tyler the Creator
Cherry Bomb
@fucktyler really stepped up his game with this brown stain. #OwlBest15
-Cervante Pope

Vaccines
The Vaccines
English Graffiti
A near 180 from albums past, #EnglishGraffiti is a refreshing change of pace that sports the classic @thevaccines lyrical charm. #OwlBest15
-Jennie Tan

Waxahatchee
Waxahatchee
Ivy Tripp
The sweet grit of #IvyTripp pairs a cuddle w/ a slap across the face, all w/ a @k_crutchfield smile. It’s perfection. #OwlBest15
-Mayumi Okamoto

Wax Idols
Wax Idols
American Tragic
@waxidols clambers towards the light at the end of the tunnel and emerges a glam rock icon on American Tragic #OwlBest15
-Sean Morris

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