Dec 11, 2015

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TFFT Favourite Albums Of The Year 2015!

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It’s that time of year when we look back on the past 12 months, ignore all the shit that has gone down,
and celebrate incredible music from some of the finest musicians and songwriters around!

It’s always a difficult task to pick out just 20 brilliant albums from the past year,
but we think we’ve done a pretty good job…have a look below, let us know your thoughts,
and keep your eyes peeled for a chance to win one of these fantastic records all for yourself!

So, in no particular order, here are TFFT’s 20 Favourites, 2015…

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

‘Rateliff has really pulled this off; and has in turn produced one of the finest records of this year.
Chalk this one down as a home run’

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Lianne La Havas – Blood

‘Her voice is full of soul and character, and it is clear that she is enjoying singing these songs. This isn’t ‘coffee-shop’ music, but rather, music to lose yourself in for an hour. La Havas is very good aural company’

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Villagers – Darling Arithmetic

‘O’Brien has produced another award-worthy effort. Each Villagers album so far has presented something different, but equally accomplished. Darling Arithmetic is a fine collection of universal love songs, and at the rate Conor O’Brien is going, his fourth record will be just as stunning’

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Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Carrie & Lowell proves that Sufjan’s true songwriting craft has not been blurred by pressure to make revolutionary changes from album to album’

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The Staves – If I Was

‘If I Was is testament to the amount of potential there is to be reached when artists choose to step out of prescribed confines and into an evolved sound. This expansion is a challenge The Staves have successfully taken head on to produce a record that is an exploration and extension of an already existing musical passion’

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This Is The Kit – Bashed Out

‘This Is The Kit’s stellar studio performance, mixed with the mastermind production of Aaron Dessner, puts a magic spell on listeners; a magic spell that is rare and remarkable’

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Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

‘I Love You, Honeybear showcases the eccentric vocals and lyrical genius of Tillman, with many outstanding songs. Each song is both witty and catchy, making it an easy and enjoyable listen, but don’t let your children hear!’

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Leon Bridges – Coming Home

‘At such a young age, to release something so different and so successful shows that Leon has much more to give to the new genre he has fallen into’

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Josh Ritter – Sermon On The Rocks

‘Tracks seven, eight and ten are the last three highlights of this record, from the folksy foot-stomping, country swingin’ Cumberland to the piano dominated, classic rock beat driving Homecoming to the upbeat, honky-tonk distorted guitar riffs of A Big Enough Sky, Ritter takes his listeners where the sweet water is and creates an atmosphere of the purest air’

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C Duncan – Architect

‘This album portrays the excellent thought process Duncan makes within his music. All songs tell a story showing his lyrical ability, and it perfectly slots into the aimed genre of folk and electronic’

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Little May – For The Company

‘It’s a special feeling when a band connects with a listener this hard. Especially when a little, May springy/summer vibes can stick with us all year round’

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José González – Vestiges & Claws

‘José González has a steady sound, and a steady attitude towards creating music. The steady sound is a statement rather than a failure; and it truly is a statement worth noting’

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Beach House – Depression Cherry

‘Another fantastic record from the Baltimore duo, as always, leaving the listener wanting more’

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 Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Sound & Color is a weird step for the Alabama Shakes, but the hard-rock feeling and bluesy power still rocks on hard’

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Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon

‘Jesso Jr’s voice is laid bare for all to see and the sweetness, subtly and lightness of his voice shines through, creating a thought-provoking, enchanting album’

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Laura Marling – Short Movie

‘It would come as no surprise if Laura Marling suddenly walked away from music one day, without hesitation or regret, simply to take another road. She’s come close before, so we must enjoy her talents now more than ever, and we can’t go much wrong with Short Movie

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The Weepies – Sirens

‘I already need the next record and whatever mix of genres they choose I know it will be another great success. Weepies aficionados were amazed by the upbeat home run of Be My Thrill, but Sirens, their most inspiring and captivating release to date, is a monstrous grand slam’

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Marika Hackman – We Slept At Last

‘This is a superior album, and just begins to strip away into Marika Hackman’s depth of talent. This album places Marika Hackman in the growing spot-light that she so very much deserves’

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Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood

‘This bearded Virginian delivers a seamless new age gospel plus rhythm and blues vibe to his indie folk funk musicianship. Matthew E. White may just have the power to revive Marvin Gaye and other late soul legends, by transfusing his fresh Motown blood into the veins of new fans’

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The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

‘For an album to have 14 songs on, and for a listener to be completely engaged, shows the talents provided. The simplicity throughout allows the band to showcase all their individual talents and bring them together to create the most exquisite album’