With so many year-end music recaps focusing solely on commercial powerhouses (we’re looking at you, Justin Bieber) we thought it appropriate to disenfranchise from the commercial music sector.
So, instead of posting a multitude of tracks that trumped the charts in 2015, we spoke with Alt Citizen’s Editor-in-Chief, Nasa Hadizadeh, to find out what buzzed in her world. “There was definitely a resurgence of loud, aggressive female voices in rock who are covering lots of new unexplored territories,” Hadizadeh said. “I use [music] to escape, to heal, to feel good, to reminisce.”
Though a few big names made the cut, indie artists reign supreme throughout Hadizadeh’s selection. Let’s escape the drab world of radio hits and indulge in some progressive 2015 tunes:
“Desire” by Dilly Dally
Dilly Dally released their debut album ‘Sore’ this year and it’s full of power and emotion—messy, loud, tender and beautiful. ‘Desire’ is lustful and sexy and will bring you back to those times you stayed up all night thinking about your crush.
“Time Wasted” by Shopping
Shopping makes intricate yet playful music with insightful lyrics, perfect for chill hangs with your friends.
“Wave of History” by Downtown Boys
Downtown Boys will nurture your anger and rage, and remind you it’s time for a revolution.
“Grief” by Earl Sweatshirt
Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘I dont like shit, I dont go outside’ is the perfect album for an introspective, long walk home.
“Take It All Back” by Sui Zhen
Sui Zhen makes sweet nostalgic pop music that makes you feel like you’re living inside a movie.
“Wesley’s Theory” by Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar is full of wisdom; ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ is heavy and self-aware.
“Bassicallly” by Tei Shi
Tei Shi’s brand of alt-R&B is sensual and empowering.
“errrrrrrrrrror” by Poor Grrl”
Ominous dance-inducing art beats with dark, somber lyrics.
“Corvettte” by Shannon and the Clams
Romantic garage-rock goodness.
“Pretty Pimpin'” by Kurt Vile
Kurt Vile will chill you out; if you’re ever feeling anxious or stressed, just put on some Kurt.
“Let It Live” by Fuzz
So many textures and so many genres are explored in ‘ii.’
“Umbongo” by Girl Band
Girl Band’s sound is chaotic, loud and cathartic.
“Grim” by Acid Dad
Acid Dad’s brand of psychedelia is charming and impressive.
“Self Hypnosis in 3 Days” by Wand