2015 was for the pond a lovely noisy year, mostly focused on guitars but also high-fever emotions. never again the frog felt such a frenzy at approaching a record shop, showing clear evidence, indeed, of no-return addiction. the greatest milestones of the year are now listed here for you and we are very happy to share such an incredible and brilliant selection. a click on each picture or link will provide you with either the entire streaming of the said album/song or an alternative concert version. thank you for your interest in the music we try to promote, and we look forward to discovering and sharing further more jewels in 2016.
our favourite albums
1. Low, Ones and Sixes
our very record of the year, Ones and Sixes is a quintessential album that combines the tenderness, the beauty and the electrifying powerfulness provided by Low’s meaningful music.
2. Maïak, A Very Pleasant Way To Die
our favourite post-rock album of the year –full of bite, refreshing, cinematic, mind-blowing.
3. Jamie XX, In Colour
a good-mood, blissful record, because Jamie XX is an amazing talented composer and DJ who knows perfectly how beats can sublimate a certain kind of melancholy.
4. Die Nerven, Out
a third album with eloquent lyrics, spiteful bass and guitars, a pure exhilarating wonder.
5. Girl Band, Holding Hands With Jamie
so much fevering energy put into a record, fantastic, brilliant, loud, tortured.
6. A Place To Bury Strangers, Transfixiation
the gentlemen of noise. better served fortissimo, with(out) ear plugs. an outstanding album. and still Oliver Ackerman’s voice.
7. Oiseaux-Tempête, Ütopiya?
a substantial, outstanding album where anger and melancholy fuse with grandeur.
8. Sleaford Mods, Key Markets
amazing spoken words and trenchant lyrics, first-class bass, simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
9. Aucan, Stelle Fisse
again a tour de force for Aucan that prove their ingenuity and appetite for unknown landscapes. genuinely mesmerizing.
10. Maserati, Rehumanizer
another major monolithic space rock and krautrock knockout for Maserati.
once again, an essential album.
among the best songs
these are the very thrilling songs of the year.
Spain @ Privatclub, march
Low @ Lido, october
Panda Bear @ Berghain, march
James Wellburn @ KW, october
the killing surprise of the year
Paul Weller is a genuine master, the frog is very thankful to its sibling.
Land Of Nubia is a fantastic, very talented atmospheric progressive rock trio from canada. very promising.
best album artwork
Ütopiya? by Oiseaux-Tempête featuring a cover photograph by Yusuf Sevinçli, inside photographs by Frédéric D. Oberland and an artwork by Moutain / Another Sub Rosa Production
the cherry on the cake
Justin Small’s weekly treat.
magna cum laude
an immense, indispensable band, especially their last album released in 2014 Equal / Opposite.