17 Seconds’ Top 50 albums of the year 2015


1. Bjork Vulnicura
2. Blur The Magic Whip
3. Belle and Sebastian Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
4. Julia Holter Have You In My Wilderness
5. Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
6. U.S. Girls Half Free
7. Midas Fall The Menagerie Inside
8. Laurie Cameron The Girl Who Cried For The Boy Who Cried Wolf
9. Bhi Bhiman Rhythm and Reason
10. Florence and the Machine How Big, How Blue How Beautiful
12. Mercury Rev The Light In You
13. Libertines Anthems For Doomed Youth
14. Chvrches Every Open Eye
15. Rezillos Zero
16. Micachu and the Shapes Good Bad Happy Sad
17. Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
18. Benjamin Clementine At Least For Now
19. Dominic Waxing Lyrical Woodland Casual
20. Gengahr A Dream Outside
21. Go! Team The Scene Between
22. John Grant Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
23. Ezra Furman Perpetual Motion People
24. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
25. Low Ones And Sixes
26. Kurt Vile B’lieve I’m Going Down
27. Pale Honey Pale Honey
28. Richard Thompson Still
29. Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love
30. New Order Music Complete
31. Twilight Sad Òran Mór Session
32. Young Fathers White Men Are Black Men Too
33. Winter Villains Once There Were Sparks, Now There Are Ashes
34. Joanna Newsom Divers
35. My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
36. Modest Mouse Strangers To Ourselves
37. Bob Dylan Shadows In The Night
38. Viet Cong Viet Cong
39. Soak Before We Forgot How To Dream
40. Villagers Darling Arithmetic
41. Beach House Depression Cherry
42. Adele 25
43. Waterboys Modern Blues
44. Neil Young & the Promise Of The Real The Monsanto Years
45. Yo La Tengo Stuff Like That There
46. Ryan Adams 1989
47. Grimes Art Angels
48. Killing Joke Pylon
49. Cee-Lo Green Heart Blanche
50. LA Priest Inji

Lest we forget
2014 Lisa Gerrard Twilight Kingdom
2013 Dead Flowers Midnight At The Wheel Club
2012 Grimes Genesis
2011 PJ Harvey Let England Shake
2010 DeLorean Subiza
2009 Broken Records Until The Earth Begins To Part
2008 Cave Singers Invitation Songs
2007 Burial Untrue
2006 Camera Obscura Let’s Get Out Of This Country

Stunning new video from Bjork


So far, 2015 has been a brilliant year for albums. Top of my list so far, though is Bjork’s Vulnicura and you can read my review over at God Is In the TV). She’s just unveiled an absolutely stunning video for the album’s opening track ‘Stonemilker.’

Take the time to watch yet another groundbreaking video from Bjork – this time utilising 360° virtual reality. Shot on a beach in Iceland, it is something really quite special.

…and if you still haven’t heard Vulnicura, you know what to do.

Bjork update


As you’re no doubt aware by now, Bjork is shortly to release her first studio album in four years, Biophilia.

Never someone to to do things by halves, this is not simply another Bjork record, but comes complete with a whole host of remixes, applications and ideas. This will be released on October 10. And features a collaboration with David Attenborough. She has described the great man as ‘the pop star of my childhood.’

The tracklisting is as follows:

‘Dark Matter’
‘Mutual Core’

The first single is ‘Crystalline’ which has an awesome Michel Gondry video

Worth owning in their own right are the frankly astounding Omar Souleyman remixes. Not that it’s not worth hearing the Matthew Herbert and Serban Ghenea remixes, but if you’re only going to buy one, make it the Omar Souleyman. (there’s a wee bit here over at the Guardian)

There’s also a piece on the album over here at Radio Four’s Front Row which you can listen to here and the Today programme here. (many thanks, Mum!)