October flew by with a flurry of work, sleep and gigs. Now we're in November and it's perilously close to End of Year List Season (never mind Xmas, it's this that gets earlier every year) and there's still a great amount of stuff from 2015 that I want to listen to. The below is some of what I've managed to spend some time with this month...
Tellison – Orion
Aside from the phenomenal 'Boy', which has been doing the rounds for a while, this track is a personal favourite from the new album Hope Fading Nightly. Building from a quiet intro with just voice and guitar, it gradually builds to an emotive rocker with nice dynamics. It's probably nothing you haven't heard before, but it's signature Tellison and more than welcome around these parts.
Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me
How naff is that opening saxophone part? It really shouldn't work, but perhaps that's what separates Carly from 99% of her pop contemporaries. This isn't overly focus-grouped lowest common denominator pap, but joyous, fantastic and timeless pop. This is just the opening track on Emotion, and from here it rarely slips below utterly ace.
Ezra Furman – Body Was Made
Perpetual Motion People currently sits at the top of the pile for albums in 2015 so far, and the fact that my better half is into it too meant that we jumped at the chance to go and see him live. Like with the album, it's hard to pick a particular highlight from his set, but I remember an especially positive crowd response to this number. Furman is a fantastic live performer and I strongly recommend that anyone who has the chance goes to see him.
Chastity Belt – Drone
Time To Go Home as revealed itself as a perfect autumn record that I've found myself coming back to repeatedly over the last month. Again it's hard to pick out a single highlight, but thanks to the lyric “He was just another man trying to teach me something”, 'Drone' does stand out. Almost too short, even at four and a half minutes long, it's a showcase for their brilliance as musicians and how together they're even greater than the sum of their parts.
Grimes – Flesh Without Blood / Life In The Vivid Dream
Aside from hearing the hits off the last album, somehow I've never managed to get around to listening to Grimes before now. Still I always try and check out the new tracks that seem to get everyone excited and this time I'm incredible glad I did. Vocal aside, 'Flesh Without Blood' sounds like Taylor Swift and as such is actually brilliant. Very much looking forward to this album – even though it doesn't get a physical release until December. BOO!
Pesky! - Keep Me
Talking of delayed physical releases, I've finally got the Pesky! album on CD. The band have an average age of 12, but musically they're damn great. There's a naivety about the album that's missing from pop these days, and as such this really stands out. This is the obvious hit from the record, and has taken up permanent residence in my brain. Easliy one of my favourite tracks from 2015.