Sound­ing off for 2015

Who rocked your world this year? Tame Im­pala or Bitch Fal­con? All Tvvins or Soak? Ken­drick or Ka­masi? Björk or Grimes? It’s time to get off the fence and make your call for The Ticket Awards 2015, writes Jim Car­roll

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -

Come on in, 2015, your time is up. Come late Novem­ber/early De­cem­ber and the crit­ics have had enough. There may still be a few weeks to go un­til the year’s end, but The Ticket’s team of mu­sic writ­ers have al­ready put a cap on it. Memo to Frank Ocean: don’t, for the love of all that is holy, do a D’An­gelo and release your new al­bum at this stage or we’ll split ya. Also, Ri­hanna - we’re so not im­pressed with your

Anti an­tics. The word of the year around th­ese parts for 2015 is al­go­rithm, and we re­lied on a com­plex one to turn in­di­vid­ual crit­i­cal ru­mi­na­tions (ie a bunch of top 10 lists) into the finely tuned col­lec­tive lists you see on th­ese pages. Enda Kenny may have pushed the gen­eral elec­tion out to Fe­bru­ary, but here’s your chance to vote in 2015, though Fine Gael, Renua, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil and what­ever the Anti-Aus­ter­ity Al­liance/ So­cial­ist Party/Peo­ple Be­fore Profit are call­ing them­selves this week do not fea­ture.

So, what are we to make of the year that was? It’s al­ways worth tot­ting up the ap­pear­ances and, by that count, it was a cracker of a year for Girl Band, who re­ceived nom­i­na­tions in ev­ery cat­e­gory they were up for, namely best al­bum, best band, best Ir­ish act and best video. Other acts who re­ceived mul­ti­ple nods in­clude Ken­drick La­mar, Tame Im­pala, Fa­ther John Misty, Björk, Grimes, Vil­lagers and, oh yes, Ka­masi Wash­ing­ton.

The west-coast sax­o­phone thriller fea­tures twice in his own stead, but he ac­tu­ally had a hand in two of the albums which are at the sharp end of the top 10, in the shape of both his own sprawl­ing mas­ter­piece The Epic and Ken­drick La­mar’s sec­ond al­bum

To Pimp A But­ter­fly. Who knew that The Ticket’s crew were so jazz-friendly? (Though it failed to cap­ture the ears of our reg­u­lar jazzer, Cor­mac Larkin.) We fore­see a rake of jazz acts re­ceiv­ing a lot of love in 2016.

Seis­mic im­pres­sion

But the band who made a seis­mic im­pres­sion on 2015, judg­ing by th­ese re­sults, were Girl Band, and their ap­pear­ance in mul­ti­ple lists is proof pos­i­tive that the Dublin band had a thrilling year. If there was a sec­tion for best gig, they’d prob­a­bly be there a few

times too, given the num­ber of times their live show was cited this year as an es­sen­tial at­trac­tion. While the band have been out of ac­tion in the last few months due to health is­sues, they’ve al­ready an­nounced shows for 2016, and that Choice Mu­sic Prize gong and cheque is, we would pre­dict, a fore­gone con­clu­sion.

There were also mul­ti­ple slots for two other Ir­ish acts in Vil­lagers and Róisín Mur­phy, while there was healthy com­pe­ti­tion for the best Ir­ish act list with Soak and An­der­son ben­e­fit­ing from strong al­bum re­leases in 2015. It’s great to see Ru­sangano Fam­ily fea­ture in this par­tic­u­lar shake-up as well for the sec­ond year in a row, and we look for­ward to hear­ing new ma­te­rial from them in the year to come.

There was much love for Aus­tralian psych adventurers

Tame Im­pala and their sec­ond al­bum, Cur­rents, while for­mer Fleet Fox Josh Till­man’s folk-rock lover­man turn as Fa­ther John Misty is also prov­ing to be a crit­i­cal dar­ling, pick­ing up nom­i­na­tions for best al­bum, best act and best track for Noth­ing Good Ever Hap­pens at the God­damn Thirsty Crow.

Sur­prises? One may be a fairly low-key show­ing for Adele who clocks up just one nom­i­na­tion with Hello in the best track cat­e­gory and, un­less you count an ap­pear­ance for her co-writer To­bias Jesso Jr, that’s it. Per­haps it was down to the late-year release for come­back al­bum 25, or per­haps it was down to the fact that the al­bum was not ex­actly great shakes when all is said and done, but a multi-mil­lion sell­ing al­bum does not win over The Ticket’s mu­sic writ­ers. Sorry, Adele.

And the rest

An­other sur­prise? Many may be taken aback by the good show­ing in the best al­bum cat­e­gory for Float­ing Points’ Elae­nia, but we’re not. Re­leased in early Novem­ber, Sam Shep­herd’s de­but is a deep, daz­zling, grace­ful, free­wheel­ing, in­spir­ing and soul­ful set of tracks. Hope­fully its in­clu­sion here will mean more peo­ple will check it out.

That’s our crit­i­cal take on 2015. As al­ways, it will be in­ter­est­ing to hear what you make of the short­lists and who you deem wor­thy of your votes. You have un­til mid­night on Sun­day De­cem­ber 13th to make your views count. The win­ners will be an­nounced in the spe­cial fes­tive is­sue of The Ticket on Fri­day De­cem­ber 18th, and we’ll be hold­ing the an­nual prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony in the pub at the North Pole on De­cem­ber 25th. The Ticket vot­ing lines are now open.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.