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All this running around
Trying to cover my shadow
An ocean growing inside
All the others seem shallow
It will take a while to make you smile
Somewhere in these eyes
I’m on your side
I think it’s almost new year in most parts of the world, so I’m kinda late for this top album sort of thingy.
So even if I’m late, I’m here. We’re here because we’re here, right?
Let’s get straight to our favorite albums of 2015.
2015 was once again so good for music especially for prog, indie music and dream pop.
The biggest news for the prog was, when it got it’s own Official Progressive Albums Chart endorsed by the Official Charts Company.
So for me the most important album of the year was Tame Impala’s Currents. It was like a drug doing weird things to you. You could do anything while listening to this album. It’s so effing addicting.
Easily my favorite album of 2015 without a doubt. And you know, this album is for music listeners of every genre. Lucky are the people who can identify this gemstone among so many famous shinning crap albums.
Well, the other important albums were Beach House’s Depression Cherry, which is the No.1 dream pop album of 2015 and I can say that it will be remembered as a masterpiece in the upcoming years along with none other than Tame Impala’s Currents. I’ll say it again that these both albums should be included in any music listener’s playlist.
So when I think about prog in 2015, the first thing that comes to my mind is Steven Wilson’s Hand Cannot Erase, it was a perfect album but in my mind I think of prog chart too, I also think about the upcoming most anticipated album of 2016 which is Dream Theater’s The Astonishing.
But when I think about best prog album of 2015, then four names comes to my mind and they all equally loved by me.
Well, these albums are Tame Impala’s Currents, Gazpacho’s Molok, Big Big Trains Wassail, and Riverside’s Love, Fear, And The Time Machine.
All four of them were phenomenal prog albums. Last year, Gazpacho’s Demon was one of my favorite albums and this year their album is my favorite too.
Last year my No.1 prog album was Anathema’s Distant Satellites and this year, Tame Impala’s Currents so which sort of reminded me of Distant Satellites too. Did I forget to tell you all that how good Muse’s Drones was? It was as good as their whole discography.
Anyway, here is the list of all the albums I was listening in 2015 which are from 2015.
First list of my favorite prog album:
Tame Impala – Currents
Gazpacho – Molok
Big Big Train – Wassail
Riverside – Love, Fear, And The Time Machine
Mew – Plus Minus
Steven Wilson – Hand Cannot Erase
The Dear Hunter – Act IV Rebirth in Reprise
Muse – Drones
Between the Buried and Me – Coma Ecliptic
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Paper Mache Dream Balloon
Coheed and Cambria – The Color Before the Sun
Tim Bowness – Stupid Things That Mean the World
The Aristocrats – Tres Caballeros
Electric Light Orchestra – Alone in the Universe
Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space
Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Tesseract – Polaris
Queensryche – Condition Human
Anekdoten – Until All The Ghosts Are Gone
God Is an Astronaut – Helios Erebus
Periphery – Juggernaut Alpha
Periphery – Juggernaut Omega
Skyharbor – Guiding Lights
Amorphis – Under the Red Cloud
Ciccada – The Finest of Miracle
Now list of my favorite albums from the genre of dream pop, indie, electronic and avant-garde:
Beach House – Depression Cherry
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
Half Moon Run – Sun Leads Me On
The Indelicates – Elevator Music
Joanna Newsom – Divers
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
Bjork – Vulnicura
Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom
Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars
Lower Dens – Escape from Evil
Say Lou Lou – Lucid Dreaming
Methyl Ethel – Oh Inhuman Spectacle
Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
Akiine – Neptune
New Order – Music Complete
No Joy – More Faithful
Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
Made in Heights – Without My Enemy What Would I Do
Also I discovered many albums for the first which are not released in 2015, here are few of these:
It gave us a purpose, sometimes It gave us a reason, and a rhyme Looking for meaning in song Such inner searching, so long
You’ll never stop, you’re searching for the one you know has died Is the one you loved returning? The one you left to die
Eternal rains will come We should say goodbye And suffer on our own As all our thoughts were wrong
Hi-ho! For most proggers Opeth’s “Pale Communion” was the most anticipated album of 2014 but not for me. The most anticipated albums for me was Anathema’s “Distant Satellites”, The Pineapple Thief’s “Magnolia” and Yes’s “Heaven & Earth”. All these anticipated albums haven’t failed my expectations as most people are saying about Yes’s “Heaven & Earth” that it’s disappointing. Well it isn’t, it’s a decent album and needs time plus more listens. Anyway Anathema’s “Distant Satellites”. The Pineapple Thief’s “Magnolia”, Opeth’s “Pale Communion” never fails to aspire ears with well balanced music, mixing and lyrics. You can learn more about Anathema and Anathema’s “Distant Satellites” here: “Anathema’s Distant Satellites, an album which is more alluring than a raw dog“.
So here you, this is the list of whatever I was listening in 2014 from 2014, apart from other music albums/tracks I was listening from past.
Anathema – Distant Satellites
The Pineapple Thief – Magnolia
Opeth – Pale Communion
Epica – The Quantum Enigma
Pain of Salvation – Falling Home
Gazpacho – Demon
Cosmograf – Capacitor
Tin Spirits – Scorch
Yes – Heaven & Earth
Devin Townsend – Z² Ziltoid
Lunatic Soul – Walking on a Flashlight Beam
Animals as Leaders – The Joy of Motion
Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
Pendragon – Men Who Climb Mountains
Haken – Restoration (EP)
Pink Floyd – The Endless River
Trojan Horse – World Turned Upside Down
Periphery – Clear (EP)
Fire Garden – Sound of Majestic Colors
Freedom To Glide – Rain
In The Presence Of Wolves – Thalassas
Resistor – To The Stars
Syndone – Odysseas
Uriah Heep – Outsider
Transatlantic – Kaleidoscope
Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
Chromatography – Not Long Enough To Be An Album But Too Long For An EP
Hero – Helo
Destiny Potato – LUN
Tacita Intesa – Tacita Intesa
Here’s 10 new additions to the list:
Syd Arthur – Sound Mirror
Seven Impale – City Of The Sun
Messenger – Illusory Blues
Monarch Trail – Skye
Gandalf’s Fist – A Forest of Fey
Flaming Row – Mirage – A Portrayal Of Figures
Tim Bowness – Abandoned Dancehall Dreams
Synaesthesia – Synaesthesia
Distorted Harmony – Chain Reaction
Motorpsycho – Behind the Sun
Hi, it’s January, 10th and I’m adding 10 more albums to this list, taking this post to the total of 50 albums.
A promise of future
Dreaming in colour
The feeling is so real
Beauty is endless
When we talk about Anathema, the first thing that comes into mind is true musicianship. Anathema consists of true artists who give their heart and blood to their music. That’s the reason there music is so touching that it becomes actually tangible and you can surely feel that strength, tangibility through their music.
I have been a fan of Anathema and Dream Theater for quite some time now. I’m into prog just because of them. They had introduced me to perfect genre of music for which I will always be thankful to them. Now let’s talk about the most anticipated album of 2014 and it’s Anathema’s Distant Satellites. This album is about 57 minutes long and most of the tracks are 5+ minutes long.
Highlight of the album is it’s three part epic: “The Lost Song, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3” which is perfect and my favorite too. Don’t underestimate vocal strength of Vincent Cavanagh & Lee Douglas on this track, they know their work. My other favorite tracks are: “Anathema”, “Distant Satellites”, “Dusk (Dark Is Descending)”, “Ariel”, “Take Shelter”. There’s one instrumental too which is called “Firelight”. And one other song’s name is “You’re Not Alone”. Song writing of every track is deep and touching too. They have really nailed it with the lyrics this time again.
After making perfect albums like “We’re Here Because We’re Here (2010)” and “Weather Systems (2012)”, they have taken perfection to next level which isn’t a surprise because this what we expect from a band of their caliber. Overall this album is totally flawless. It’s a dream come true for prog & good music listener. Anathema’s Distant Satellites is melodic, intense, physical and right from the heart of true artists.
Here’s my pick of best albums from 2013. Yeah I know I’m posting it here late but last year I posted it everywhere and forget to post here. So I guess now is the time to post it here too. These albums belong to genres of Prog, Progressive rock, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Hard rock, Art rock, Jazz fusion, Symphonic metal. This years most anticipated albums are: Yes’s “Heaven & Earth”, Anathema’s “Distant Satellites”, Opeth’s “Pale Communion”. I’m gonna rate them at end of the year. As for now let’s look at Top Ten Albums of 2013: