12 Days of AOTY: #4

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.

harmlessness artThe World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die – Harmlessness
Admittedly, I love The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die’s big, post-rock-ish sound — and they did it with a little more polish on Harmlessness — but the lyrics on this release are what really stuck with me. The World is a Beautiful Place makes reassuring music that has helped me through some tough times. (Tim Mulhern)

grow decomposeYoung Jesus – Grow / Decompose
Los Angeles indie-punk outfit Young Jesus is unapologetically anthemic, with lyrical content that feels hyper-literary without the pretension of spelled-out references. Another one of our staff writers close read this in conjunction with the Josephine Donovan essay “Reading the Orange,” which you can find here. (Zackary Kiebach)

the most lamentable tragedyTitus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
The most ambitious album released in 2015, The Most Lamentable Tragedy is a 93-minute, 5 act rock opera. It’s punk rock’s equivalent to Quadrophenia: loud, sincere, and emotional. Titus Andronicus pushes the boundaries of what a punk record can be, and raucously rip through the year’s best song “Dimed Out.” (Nick Benevenia)

harmlessness artThe World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die – Harmlessness
The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, a band that “real music fans” never seem to want to care about, did something incredible with their most recent full-length Harmlessness – they made a record so ambitious that it forced the music world to pay attention. (Eli Shively)

harmlessness artThe World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die – Harmlessness
Harmlessness is the dark horse AOTY contender for me; an album I wasn’t even planning on listening to. Luckily I gave into the hype and fell in love. This album is cohesive and connected. And, god damn, “Make evil afraid of evil’s shadow” is one hell of a line. (Scott Fugger)

pull the thorns from your heartSenses Fail – Pull the Thorns From Your Heart
A follow up to 2013’s Renacer, Senses Fail’s newest album blends elements of hardcore and post-rock while vocalist Buddy Nielsen contemplates Buddhist ideologies, positive thinking, overcoming depression and accepting his sexuality. Lyrically, musically and sonically, this record hits hard. (James Jaskolka)

bread pilotBread Pilot – Bread Pilot
Quietly beautiful indie rock debut that exists between the worlds of dream pop, post-rock, power-pop, and psychedelia. (Jack Potz)

time to go homeChastity Belt – Time to Go Home
Guitar driven sounds with a hint of drone to them. The songs are often pointed and agitated with the way that women are treated unfairly, something that needs to be said but Chasity Belt never fails to do it cleverly and smoothly. (Madi Guzman)

blurryfaceAs Gideon Weeps – Little Life, Little Death
These kids only wait about two minutes to show you how fucking good they are at the guitar. Little Life, Little Death has a very theatrical feel to it. I promise I’m not stoned when I say that at first listen, the whole thing felt like I was descending into a desert canyon on the back of a giant black horse. (Hayley Ionia)

blurryfaceTwenty One Pilots – Blurryface
Blurryface has a little bit of everything. It is the product of four producers, has a ton of reggae influences and ukulele sections, and a multitudes of uncertainty and fear running through each track. Tyler Joseph’s hard, rapping style and drummer John Dun’s rhythmic dexterity carefully intertwined, so that each musician was able to incorporate their own strengths to the mix. This it not to say that Blurryface was perfect, but each song on the album had a strong point. When compiled, the songs came together to create a strong, hard-hitting album. (Angela Flores)

i love you honey bearFather John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
Every year there’s an album that I have to admit should be #1 and I think I Love You, Honeybear is the best album made this year… it’s just not my “favorite.” I don’t think anyone wrote a better collection of songs this year. Everything is unified, confessional, masturbatory, egotistical, sprawling, and just… perfect. (Kyle Kohl)

we coolJeff Rosenstock – We Cool?
Jeff Rosenstock’s first official LP as a solo artist has picked up exactly where he left off when Bomb the Music Industry! ended. We Cool? serves as the perfect soundtrack for a party you don’t feel comfortable at because everybody there seems to be on to the next stage in their life while you’re standing in the kitchen not really talking to anybody drinking a 40oz you paid for with loose change you found in the crevices of your car. (Corey Purcell)

harmlessness artThe World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die – Harmlessness
People that hate this band are wrong. (Mark Garza)

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Mark Garza is the co-founder and owner of Funeral Sounds. They also work as a freelance publicist for Dragonfoot PR, and is listed at the "Lazy Web Guy" at Texas Is Funny Records. They need money. Hire them to make your website or something.

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