Artemis Sere’s Twenty Respun Albums of 2015
Here is a list of twenty (aged) artists/albums that kept me company this year. Some of these creations exist on my previous “best of” lists, some of them were lost in the waves of time, some of them, never given the due they deserve.
This year, the overlap of favorite albums from 2014 is clear. The music I loved in 2014 was consistent in 2015, with some surprise entries and discoveries. Notably absent are Within Temptation, In This Moment, Lacuna Coil and Liquid Stranger; while they have been consistently on my list for many years, their last albums were iffy enough to have me listening elsewhere.
Why: This album is a classic in my mind. Great and powerful breakbeats, smart samples, glitchy, trip-hoppy fun. “Slayed” is energizing. “Sparks” features the delicious sounds of Kanute’s Rachael Gray. I return to the sweet sounds of “Wreckage” often. I only wish Rob Overseer was more active as a solo musician; I really dug his work, including his early, rarer pieces like “Never Trust An Old Punk” and “Chump Rock”.
Why: Because Kanute is the perfect marriage of Rob Overseer + Rachael Gray, featured briefly in the song “Sparks” mentioned previously. But, instead of one brief trip hop dance, we get a whole album full of beautiful and inspiring music. The seraphic vocals of Rachael Gray are woefully underrated and underappreciated. I’m not sure how to classify the music of Kanute, other than classy, well-produced art. Give it a listen and discern for yourself.
Why: “Crown of Phantoms” is a powerful song, the jewel of a brutal crown. Stacked with horrific visions and sinister sounds, this album signaled a return to the throne for a great band. Any time I need to get macabre, I throw on this dark armament and rule the shadows.
Why: “Shattered My Spirit” is one of my favorite songs. Dark, haunting, depressing. Not that I had a moody year, but sometimes, that song just hits me perfectly. The album as a whole features awesome vocals, doomful guitars and moody atmosphere. The album moves like a spectre, and wails like a sad banshee.
Favorite Tracks: All
Why: Cyanotic has the great distinction of being the first band in the history of my “Best of” lists to be at the top of the Respun list for the previous year, and in the top 5 for the second CD of a Volume the following year. Complicated, I know; basically, their “Worst Case Scenario” album could’ve been my #1 of 2014, and is my “Best Respun Album of 2015”. I underestimated the greatness of “Worst Case Scenario (Vol 1)” in 2014, and it grew on me tremendously this year. Coupled with Vol. 2, it is an amazing industrial music experience of 32 deliciously glitchy tracks, and should be a staple of the industrial metalhead.
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