25 best albums of 2015: 6. Grimes – Art Angels

By Daniel Blockert|January 17, 2016|Music|0 comments

Claire Elise Boucher got a lot of flak when she decided not to stick to her quirky, electro-indie persona, but instead go in a more traditional pop direction. She proved all the doubters wrong with this album, that crosses over to the mainstream without losing originality. Unfortunately she hasn’t made a video of any of the albums best songs (like “California”). Yet. Click on the headline for video. Grimes – Flesh Without Blood

25 best albums of 2015: 7. Tame Impala – Currents

By Daniel Blockert|January 17, 2016|Music|0 comments

This is not their best album (that would be “Lonerism”). But the level that they have reached now means that they easily qualify for the top 25 even with an album that is a little more uneven. At their peak, they are one of the best bands out there today. Tame Impala – Cause I’m a Man

25 best albums of 2015: 8. Joanna Newsom – Divers

By Daniel Blockert|January 17, 2016|Music|0 comments

The queen of harps and etheral voices is back. Very strong album, she has a phenomenal knack for creating complex, almost improvisatory song structures that still work. Still echoes of her great inspirations (Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Van Dyke Parks etc), but she is really creating her own sound world now. Joanna Newsom – Divers

25 best albums of 2015: 9. Seinabo Sey – Pretend

By Daniel Blockert|January 14, 2016|Music|0 comments

If this album is not a huge international success, something is seriously wrong. There are four-five songs here that should easily qualify for top five spots at the Billboard list. A voice ready to take over the world. The only reason it does not feature even higher on my list is because several songs were actually released in 2013 and 2014. Seinabo Sey – Pretend

25 best albums of 2015: 10. Shamir – Ratchet

By Daniel Blockert|January 14, 2016|Music|0 comments

Possibly the best pure pop album of the year came from this Las Vegas kid. His voice is amazing, reminds me a little of David McAlmont, but it is the very solid songwriting that impresses the most. A party album, in the best sense of the word. Click on the headline for video. Shamir – Call It Off

Diplomatic Ties 80: Stefano Ricci

By Daniel Blockert|January 14, 2016|Diplomatic Ties - The Series|0 comments

An outtake from an early picture in the diplomatic ties series. The suit from Nervesa is probably the first really well made suit I ever bought, must be around 20 years ago. It is fully canvassed but in the old fashioned way, with horsehair, which makes it heavy by today’s standards but it has a natural fall that is beautiful. I still have the suit but I don’t wear it as much nowadays since I got it when I was heavier than I am today and the style with wide, pleated pants and a fairly long jacket is not fashionable.

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25 best albums of 2015: 12. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness

By Daniel Blockert|January 14, 2016|Music|0 comments

This is a strange paradox because I do feel that this album is a little overrated, yet it merits a place on the list. The reason is that now that Holter has moved in a direction of more traditional songs (her previous albums were more experimental), many critics suddenly got convinced and this album tops a lot of lists like this. I don’t think Holter is there yet, this is an uneven album. But there is huge promise here and her best is yet to come. Julia Holter – Feel You

25 best albums of 2015: 13. Young Thug – Barter 6

By Daniel Blockert|January 13, 2016|Music|0 comments

Read a comment online that sums up Young Thug: “He’s weird and he owns it”. This is highly original, and strangely hypnotic. The beats worm themselves into your brain and his delivery is addictive. Behind some of the classic hip hop posturing you find really clever lyrics too. And his guest spot on Jamie XX’s “Good Times” was flawless. Young Thug – Constantly Hating

25 best albums of 2015: 14. Beach House – Depression Cherry

By Daniel Blockert|January 13, 2016|Music|0 comments

Beach House was the perfect chillwave band and when that trend petered out I guess that many thought that Beach House would be done and dusted. But they have something that most chillwave bands did not have: great songwriting. In 2015 they actually released two great albums, but “Depression Cherry” was the best. Beach House – Space Song