12 Days of AOTY 2015: #12

To go alongside our 12 Days of Giveaways, we’ll be posting our personal album of the year lists one by one, from 12 to 1. Each member of our staff (we’re recruiting, by the way) wrote a bit about why x album made y place on their list.
in colour
Jamie XX – In Colour 
I’ve always appreciated The xx’s music and I really like the approach Jamie XX took with this album. (Tim Mulhern)
monobody
Monobody – Monobody
Monobody brings the technical rigor of jazz to a more modern iteration of instrumental math rock, featuring Nnamdi Ogbonnaya from The Para-medics and others in a five-piece based out of Chicago. One of my all-time favorite releases from Naked Ally Records, they somehow make having two bass players awesomely nuanced. (Zackary Kiebach)
ok
Eskimeaux – O.K.
One of two records released by New York’s Eskimeaux, O.K. leaves no style on the sidelines. From silky-sweet acoustic guitars floating like harps to fuzzed-out, reverb-soaked shoegaze, this record is unequivocally the sleeper must-listen of 2015.  (Nick Benevenia)
carrie & lowell
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
Although a bit simpler than Stevens’s classic earlier works Michigan and IllinoisCarrie & Lowell is still equally as immersive, offering a quiet-yet-breathtaking sound that draws the listener ever inward – with lyrics sharp enough to make even the toughest emotions feel like a slab of butter, easily cut through. (Eli Shively)
the cardboard swords
The Cardboard Swords – The Cardboard Swords
The Cardboard Swords meld light pop influence with emo prowess in this stellar debut. The standout moment of this album is the intense spoken word rollercoaster in “Flannel,” though the entire album is the same level of quality. I, for one, welcome our new emo overlords. (Scott Fugger)
i made you something
The Island of Misfit Toys – I Made You Something
Featuring a nine-person band on the recording, it’s no wonder this album sounds as huge as it does. With flute, xylophone, trumpet, keys and more, all rounded out by vocalist Anthony Sanders’ theatrical flair, these post-hardcore anthems wouldn’t sound out of place on Broadway (James Jaskolka)
carrie & lowell
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie And Lowell
This is Sufjan’s Pink Moon. Carrie And Lowell is just under 45 minutes of achingly beautiful, bare songs that reveal more with each listen. (Jack Potz)
time spent
Household – Time Spent
Probably the most out of place on my AOTY. Household is Punk/Hardcore band that manages to integrate melodic vocals and screams seamlessly. It’s a great mixture of catchy and heavy. (Madi Guzman)
EMO
Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
“Pop feels very lonely this year.” a co-worker explained to me the other day, and I couldn’t have put it better. While ‘Emotion’ is a pretty cut-and-dried pop album, the lyrics, detailing unrequited desire and boy problems, make it stand out to me. This assortment of catchy slowjams has had me questioning my shit whenever they come on, and I know I’m not the only one. (Hayley Ionia)
the smallest light
Daisyhead – The Smallest Light
This album was confidently produced with reverb-laden guitars shimmered over intense soft/loud dynamics. To call this a strong debut album would be an understatement. (Angela Flores)
joy departed
Sorority Noise – Joy, Departed
Every song on Joy, Departed is memorable and full of things I found easy to attach myself to. There’s a ton of sorrow, important words on mental health, some of the year’s best hooks, and some good goddamn guitar solos. It’s a perfect follow-up to a very adolescent album like Forgettable. I welcome Sorority Noise’s refined power-pop songwriting to stay for many more albums to come. (Kyle Kohl)
beat the champ
The Mountain Goats – Beat the Champ
I’m a total Mountain Goats fanboy, so this album pretty much had to make it onto my list. It’s not their greatest album, and I tend to not be as much of a fan of John’s newer work as the older tape recordings, but this album still beats out 90% of everything else that came out this year for me. (Corey Purcell)

700 fill
RATKING – 700 FIll
Although maybe a bit more safe than what we saw on So It Goes, 700 Fill is a wonderful holdover mixtape with a couple gems and solid features until RATKING’s eventual second LP. “Arnold Palmer”, “Steep Tech” and “Makeitwork” were on repeat since this came out, and while they still retain a lot of power, I’ll probably move onto Wiki’s newly released solo effort Lil Me soon enough. Glad to see Hak rapping more on this effort, though. (Mark Garza)

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