We were quite spoiled this past year with so many quality releases. We got introduced to new artists such as the Standstills, Coleman Hell and veteran artists Beck and Coldplay didn’t disappoint with their 2015 efforts. I’ve compiled a list of my favourite standout tracks from this past year. I’m sure you’ll recognize most of these songs, but there might be one or two you might not have heard of. Here we go…
1. Standstills – Orleans
Seconds into this song and I was hooked. That cowbell and dirty guitar riff make a great pair. The Standstills hail from Oshawa and their E.P. “The Devils Porch” was released this past year.
2. Coleman Hell – 2 Heads
Coleman Hell’s “2 Heads” is a highly addictive track and I’m sure it made it’s way on many people’s playlists.
3. AWOLNATION – Hollow Moon
Aaron Bruno proved with “Hollow Moon” that he wasn’t a one hit wonder.
4. Beck – Dreams
Beck’s latest creation was released as a single. “Dreams” will be featured on his upcoming studio album, scheduled to be released in 2016.
5. Death Cab for Cutie – Black Sun
This gentle soft rock melody is a standout on this list. A perfect downtime track.
6. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Downtown
Hip Hop pioneers Kool Moo Dee, Melle Mel, and Grandmaster Caz are featured on Mackelmore’s 2015 hit. “Downtown” possesses that oldschool Rap flavour, reminiscent of the Rappers Delight type era tracks. Eric Nally lends his vocals to the chorus, making “Downtown” sound like two entirely different songs. Integrating these artists in the same song seemed like an odd combination, but it worked flawlessly.
7. Florence and the Machine – What Kind of Man
Florence Welch delivers HUGE with her latest album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. There’s a few songs I could’ve chosen off this album for my list, but I went with her first single taken from her 2015 release. The loud crunchy standout guitar we hear in “What Kind of Man” was developed by layering three different guitar sounds. Love it!
8. Metric – The Shade
“The Shade” was the first single off the bands album, Pagans in Vegas. A wavy synth melody opens up the song, but what truly stands out is the hook in the chorus. The lyrics make “The Shade” a great sing a long song.
9. Honeymoon Disease – Gotta Move
I recently discovered Swedish rockers, Honeymoon Disease. If you like that 70’s groovy rock sound; then you’ll LOVE Honeymoon Disease.
10. Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime
I seem to enjoy Coldplay more and more with every album they release. Lead singer of Coldplay Chris Martin, mentioned in an interview that the intro to “Adventure of a Lifetime” was influenced (oddly enough) by the Guns “N” Roses anthem, Sweet Child O’ Mine