Favourite Records of the Year. Selected by: Luke Pollard (Tangled Thoughts of Leaving)

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Favourite Records of the Year. Selected by: Luke Pollard (Tangled Thoughts of Leaving)

It doesn’t surprise that PelagicRecords is responisble for distribution in Europe, and that Peege from Hope Drone chose Yield to Despair as his personal best album of the year 2015: The very own way Tangled Thoughts of Leaving combine post-metal, doom, jazz and post-rock into a gripping work of art is special in its implicitness – even in context oft he band from Perth. While the Black Captain-EP completes the album in a genious way, Luke Pollard tells us – in no particular order – which other records there were to discover in the past twelve months.

Sumac - The DealSumac – [amazon_link id=“B00QMD2RCI“ target=“_blank“ ]The Deal[/amazon_link]

I absolutely love this record, my favourite metal record of the year. It’s so controlled in parts and reckless in others (especially the drumming). It’s monstrously heavy and the noise elements are real nice. You can really hear that Aaron Turner’s passion for heavy sounds is back with this record. Plus any record with Brian Cook’s bass tone is welcome to my ears.

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a ButterflyKendrick Lamar – [amazon_link id=“B00UDDM7K0″ target=“_blank“ ]To Pimp A Butterfly[/amazon_link]

Easily my most anticipated and most-listened to record of the year. When it was first released I had no idea how to even take it in – the scope of it is so weird and overwhelming. I really love the jazz elements but it was so unexpected at first. This turned into our go-to record while we touring Europe when we need to improve the mood in the van (almost every day).

Drowning Horse - Sheltering SkyDrowning Horse – [amazon_link id=“B017GH87HW“ target=“_blank“ ]Sheltering Sky[/amazon_link]

I only listen to this when I can get through the whole thing uninterrupted – which at 70+ minutes isn’t often enough. It really has to be appreciated that way. This record is as brutal as you would expect and goes a long way to capturing the sheer weight of their live show. But the surprises are the mellow moments, especially the 17 minutes of ‚Cursed‚. After watching some of these songs form live in Perth over the past few years, it’s exciting to finally get them on such a great sounding record.

We Lost the Sea - Departure SongsWe Lost the Sea – [amazon_link id=“B015EC70P6″ target=“_blank“ ]Departure Songs[/amazon_link]

A really well executed concept album about the demise of the Challenger space shuttle that really reveals itself if you can sit down, block everything else out and devote your full attention to it. There is a lot of attention to detail on this record – the layering of guitar melodies and ride patterns on top of the hypnotic bass-line in ‚Bogatyri‚ is evidence of this. We were flying into Sydney to play a show last month and I was listening to this album. I was in a bit of a trance-like state, really concentrating on it as the last sample played saying „..and slipped the surly bonds of Earth, to touch the face of god. Thank you.“ The plane bounced onto the tarmac at that moment and scared the living shit out of me. For a second there, I was on Challenger.

Father John Misty - I Love You, HoneybearFather John Misty – [amazon_link id=“B00RDN2622″ target=“_blank“ ]I Love You, Honeybear[/amazon_link]

Another of my most-played records of the year. I’m not in love with the first few songs, but sides B, C and D get hammered on my record player. ‚The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apartment‚ and ‚Bored in the USA‚ are two of the best songs of the year.

Anna von Hausswolff - The MiraculousAnna von Hausswolff – [amazon_link id=“B0141OZ172″ target=“_blank“ ]The Miraculous[/amazon_link]

I only got this record recently but it’s been on high rotation. I saw Anna play a massive pipe organ in a chapel in Tasmania at the start of this year – it rates as one of the best shows of the year for me. This record is much heavier and doomier than her last and there are many more instrumental passages which shows a great amount of self-control.

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Thanks to Luke and Tangled Thoughts of Leaving!

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