Muruch.com’s Top Albums of 2015

20 Beth May: The Family Arsonist (poetry)


19 Wolf Alice: My Love is Cool

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18 Elise Cabrét (EP)


17 Anielle Reid: Ain’t Like Them (EP)

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16 Kat Robichaud & The Darling Misfits

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15 Dengue Fever: The Deepest Lake

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14 The Innocence Mission: Hello I Feel the Same

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13 Darlingside: Birds Say

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12 Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi: Cold Moon

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11 Hayley Cannon: Who Are You

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10 Allison Crowe: Sylvan Hour


9 Alessia Cara: Know It All

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8 Chris Stapleton: Traveler

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7 Andra Day: Cheers to the Fall

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6 Rhiannen Giddens: Tomorrow is My Turn

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5 Lizabett Russo: Running With the Wolves

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4 V V Brown: Glitch

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3 Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe

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2 Muruch.com for RAINN benefit album

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Donate $10 (or more) at Muruch’s RAINN.org fundraising page to receive the free 25-mp3 album.


1 Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher’s Daughter

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I debated including the Muruch-curated albums, but they are truly the two albums I have listened to most frequently and loved most intensely this year. Besides, it’s the artists and their music that make them so undeniably spectacular. I was just the DJ. That being said, every time I’ve been asked during the year what I think my #1 album of 2015 would be, my immediate answer has been: “Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter.” I love it more with each listen and it has the timelessness of the greatest classic albums.

Introducing Miner…

L.A. folk-rock band Miner have been accurately compared to The Avett Brothers. I especially like the song “Carousel” from their debut album, Into the Morning.

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Fiona Bevan: Talk to Strangers

Fiona Bevan’s debut album, Talk to Strangers, more than lives up to the promise of its first single. The British singer-songwriter’s quirky soul-pop style falls somewhere between Sheila Nicholls, Joanna Newsom and Corinne Bailey Rae, but these are tenuous reference points at best. Fiona is really carving a niche of her own here.

Fiona’s rich lilt and jaunty instrumentation are particularly charming on “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Slo Mo Tiger Glo” and the lovely “Us and the Darkness.”

The standout track “The Machine” dives into murkier, funkier waters.

Other highlights are Fiona’s exquisite, multi-faceted vocal on “Monsoon Sundance,” the enchanting, buoyant “Pirates and Diamonds” and the simpler beauty of “Forwards.”

I expect Fiona Bevan’s Talk to Strangers to make it on my best of the year list for 2014.

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