FREEwilliamsburg’s Top 25 Albums of 2015

high-fidelity-jack-black-netflixRanking the year’s best albums is always a stressful process argued over many beers, and if we’re at it long enough, many whiskeys. This year, there were many whiskeys, and we ended up with a… different list than a lot of the ones you’ve been reading over the past month or so. We’re proud of that. These are the albums we truly enjoyed most in 2015. The entire internet will tell you to check out the new Kendrick, Grimes, Tame Impala and Sufjan records. We’ve got some of those, but not all of those. Some of our omissions may draw the ire our readers. To paraphrase FDR, “We welcome their ire.”

Just kidding. We’re not VICE.
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Tame Impala Covers Outkast’s ‘Prototype’

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And yes, it’s great!
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Tame Impala – “Mind Mischief” (Kinda NSFW)

The Top 50 Albums of 2012

50. Teen: Electric
49. Sun Araw: The Inner Treaty
48. Cat Power: Sun
47. Tallest Man on Earth: There’s no Leaving Now
46. Matthew E. White: Big Inner
45. Port St. Willow: Holiday
44. Flying Lotus: Until The Quiet Comes
43 Eternal Summers: Correct Behavior
42. Wild Nothing: Nocturne
41. Actress: R.I.P.
40. Metz: Metz
39. Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid, M.a.a.d City
38. Andy Stott: Luxury Problems
37. Dum Dum Girls: End of Daze
36. Japandroids: Celebration Rock
35. Sufjan Stevens: Silver and Gold
34. Magic Trick: Ruler of the Night
33. Miguel: Kaleidoscope Dream
32. Jessie Ware: Devotion
31. Sonny and the Sunsets: Longtime Companion
30. Beachwood Sparks: The Tarnished Gold
29. The Babies: Our House on the Hill
28. Grizzly Bear: Shields
27. Iris DeMent: Sing the Delta
26. The Sea and Cake: Runner


25. King Tuff: King Tuff


24. Frank Ocean: Channel Orange


23. Jimmy Cliff: Rebirth


22. Lower Dens: Nootropics


21. Lambchop: Mr. M


20. Lotus Plaza: Spooky Action at a Distance


19. Woods: Bend Beyond


18. Allah-Las – Allah-Las


17. Weird Dreams: Choreography


16. The Shins: Port of Morrow


15. Wye Oak: Civilian


14. Spider Bags: Shake My Head


13. Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel…


12. Lone: Galaxy Garden


11. Action Bronson: Blue Chips


10. Frankie Rose: Interstellar


9. Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light


8. Ty Segall: Slaughterhouse/Twins


7. Diiv: Oshin


6. Beach House: Bloom


5. Tame Impala: Lonerism


4. Mac DeMarco: 2


3. Dent May: Do Things


2. Grimes: Visions


1. Chromatics: Kill For Love

Best EPs:
Mac DeMarco: Rock and Roll Night Club

Daniel Rossen: Silent Hour/Golden Mile EP

The Antlers: Undersea

Tame Impala – ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’

Listen to the New Tame Impala: Lonerism


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On the surface, Tame Impala is another big, brash, psychedelic rock band, with lots of fussy studio tricks and grandiose solos — even on disc, a light show is implied. Kevin Parker’s vocals can seem almost secondary to guitars that buzz and fuzz compellingly, but his emotional distance serves a thematic purpose: For Tame Impala, Parker writes songs about solitude, and about maintaining distance from others that needn’t be literal.

Both of the Australian band’s album titles tell the same story: Innerspeaker. Lonerism. The latter’s songs, even when only fragments of a given lyric can be discerned, convey a sense of walls being built; of an arm’s length being extended. Not a collection of psychedelic freakouts so much as a collection of controlled psychedelic slow-burns — though the fat, swirling guitars in “Endors Toi” would make Swervedriver proud — Lonerism (out Oct. 9) makes alienation and introversion sound both alluring and, ironically, inviting.

Listen:
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Tame Impala – “Elephant”

Tame Impala Make Us Dizzy