A knowledgeable person once commented that in almost every six-month period, a music lover will undergo some shift in taste. For Indie Obsessive, the first half of 2015 brought a greater appreciation for vocal layering and a newly found respect for the Folktronic genre. A third shift is the increased draw to vocals with an anguished overtone. Identifying the shifts is much easier than understanding what caused them.
Below are our top songs for the first half of 2015. The list reflects the appreciation of Folktronica (“2 Heads” by Coleman Hell), vocal layering (“Delete” by DMA’s) and vocal anguish ("Only Names" by Dalton).
THE LEGAL DISCLAIMER – Some of these songs may have been available prior to January 1, 2015. They qualify because we were clueless regarding their existence until this year.
“The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box” by Modest Mouse (these isn't a Soundcloud upload for this song)
“Drifting” by ON AN On
“Where You Are” by Rezlow (this one is under the radar - 300 plays on Soundcloud!)
“2 Heads” by Coleman Hell (Folktronica - "Hey Coleman, plug-in the banjo 'cause we gotta hit!)
"Animal” by The Dunwells (ends with vocal layering)
“God Forsaken Land” by Sakia
“Alison” by The Occupants (The lyrics and music represent thoughts of a soldier yearning to be with his love, Alison, as he waits to be sent into the suicide battle at Gallipoli - "Miss you Al, I don't want to die.")
“Be Yourself” by Harrison Storm (with almost breathtaking assistance from Ruby Whiting)
“Delete” by DMA’s – Yes, the song was released in 2014, but we missed the boat until 2015, when the mini-album was released. The last minute of “Delete” uses vocal layering very effectively.
“Falling” by Howard (This one involves both Folktronica and vocal layering.)
“The Recluse” by Cursive (Yes, it's not a new song, but it's been remastered.)
“What I Saw” by Racing Glaciers
“Burn with Me” by Whilk and Misky
“Only Names” by Dalton (Gotta love the anguished vocals.)
“Tie Me Down” by Jack Savoretti
“Home” by Little Wolves (It's still free!? Click Here)