My word, is it that time again?
Another incredibly strong year, which has flowwwnnnn by…and judging by the sheer size of my record collection (compared to this time last year), I can only suggest that it’s been a bumper 2015.
So many great new artists, surprise returns, surprise demises and then surprise returns – music from far off lands…it’s had it all.
The main winner continues to be physical format music, with more people buying and enjoying vinyl than ever before (or at least since the early 90’s or something). While of course we continue to champion the shellac stuff, we also treat the modern vinyl almost as a new format, with various inclusions such as special edition colours, downloads and CD’s included almost as standard, thick heavyweight pressings, thick cardboard cover prints, lots of free gifts from actual jackets to posters to sew on patches to signed copies of albums, to locks of the artists hair. Maybe.
We thank everyone who has shopped with us this year, and we feel very lucky to have such an amazingly passionate customer base. Viva La Vinyl! Let’s do it again in 2016.
Anyway, on to our recommended lists. We don’t always go in for ‘the best record of the year’ as music is such a personal choice, it makes that impossible. So (yes, in true spinal tap style)…we have chosen 11 of our favourite records of the year. It sort of makes choosing a top 10 much easier.
To have some fun with this list, we will post all 11 on our Facebook page, and invite you to ‘like’ the album you think is the greatest of 2015! Look our for this next week beginning 14th December.
In early January, we will choose a winning name from all of you Pie&Vinyl posters that have voted/liked and the winner will receive a meal voucher and a copy of the winning record – AKA The people’s choice Pie&Vinyl record of the year! (or something as glamorous as that)
So… In no particular order (yet) our top 11 is:
|Chelsea Wolfe – Abyys|
|Viet Cong – S/T|
|Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper|
|Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly|
|Wand – Golem|
|Alabama Shakes – Sound & Colour|
|Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love|
|Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell|
|Ought – Sun Coming Down|
|Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness|
|Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl|