It’s that time of year again for my year in review of music. It was a good year and it was tough getting down to 35 songs, but we got there. I have a few restrictions this year in order to make it easier so if you don’t see a song you think should’ve been on the list, there’s probably a reason for it. I have excluded:
New versions of songs that were originally released in previous years e.g. Sia’s “Elastic Heart” which appeared on my2013list.
Remixes of songs that were originally released in previous years e.g. Major Lazer’s “All My Love” which appeared on my 2014 list.
Singles released in previous years but appear on 2015 albums e.g. Say Lou Lou’s “Everything We Touch” which appeared on my 2014 list.
Another year, another list. After last year, I decided to cut down the amount of songs to a more refined 35. A good year all the same for music with the soundtrack to Mockingjay- Part 1 providing some outstanding tracks. Kimbra’s The Golden Echo was the album I was most looking forward to, and it seriously excelled my expectations. Hozier’s debut album Hozier is without a doubt the album of the year. It’s an album of great substance and it really packs a punch. I was really looking forward to Charli XCX’s Sucker but I found it to be disappointing and slightly juvenile in style. Charli is smart and she can create great music and I know what she was doing in creating this album. It’s kind of a teen pop/punk “edgy” album. A lot of people will enjoy it, heck if I was 14 I’d be revelling in these songs. It will do well and you know, bills gotta be paid so fair enough. I wish her the best. 😛
I love seeing people getting really passionate about what they’re doing. There’s nothing better than seeing someone getting really into something an lose themselves. You can tell they love what they’re doing.
Firstly, a guy I find who’s really passionate about his work is the movie critic Mark Kermode. Apart from being a movie genius and wonderful critic, he has linguistic charm. He can cut deep down into a film and see its layers for what it is. He has an expansive knowledge of cinema. He also tells it how it is. He’s unafraid yet he knows when to give credit to honourable and ambitious films where it’s due. What I love though is when he gets really animated when he’s talking and he uses his hands. It shows true passion. Great insights and diction; enjoyable just to listen to him.
A singer who I love listening to and who really gets into her performances is Kimbra. She’s a great singer in the studio but her live performances really are something else. Look up any of her live performances and you’ll be blown away. You can watch one of my favourites below of Plain Gold Ring which is like from 2010. I love how she throws her voice around live but again what gets me is her hands. She dances and grasps the air as if the music and the beat were somehow physically tangible and she can feel it. She moves through the music and lives in it for that 4 and a half minutes. She’s a performer who’s in the music. She just lets go towards the end. Brilliant.
Another musician/ singer who is really cool to watch is Martin Doherty of the Scottish electronic band “CHVRCHES.” He’s pretty animated when he plays synths but he’s the singer for like one song I think: “Under The Tide.” I love how he dances, as if he’s in his bedroom alone. He goes mental at the chorus. It’s brilliant and we should all dance as if no one’s watching. 🙂 Also his Scottish accent is charming as fuck!
I also love how Florence Welch performs (of “Florence + The Machine”). She’s a Goddess. Her stage presence is amazing and she’s such a free spirit. I remember she said something in an interview that I always try to remember:
“What I really like seeing from the stage is people having their own moments, when people are doing some performance of their own.”
I like the idea of just doing your own dance and having your own moment and not caring about what’s going on around you. You could also extend that to real life: do your own thing and not care about what others are doing.
Another good performer I like is Lorde. The way she dances is so authentic and erratic.
I also like how Charli XCX dances during the first 20 seconds of “What I Like.”