Guest Lists: Torsten Kinsella’s 10 Best albums 2015

Since forming God Is An Astronaut in 2002, Torsten Kinsella and his brother Niels have been the creative force behind one of Ireland’s most consistently brilliant and innovative bands. They are regarded as one of the most influential outfits in the Post Rock genre, and have a loyal and sizable fan-base across Europe. Their recently released eight album Helios Erebus is another fine addition to an impressive catalogue of recordings, incorporating all the elements that make them special.

In the first of a series of guest contributions reflecting on the best music of 2015, Torsten provides us with his ten favourite albums of the last 12 months.

 

1. Late Night Tales – Jon Hopkins

This is a compilation compiled by Jon Hopkins. The album is very chilled out and hypnotic with beautiful dreamy soundscapes.

 

 

2. Psychic Warfare – Clutch

A powerful punchy Stoner Rock record for fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood and Motörhead. Highlights: X-Ray Visions and “A Quick Death In Texas” and “Son of Virginia”

 

 

3. VII: Sturm und Drang – Lamb of God

Their best record in a long time.This is a band that have something to say again, perhaps inspired by the unfortunate events in Czech where vocalist Randy was arrested in Prague airport.He spent 5 weeks awaiting trial for a manslaughter charge after he pushed a fan from the stage a year previous who later tragically died from the impact of the fall. Randy was acquitted but the trauma of the experience are examined in a few of the songs. Highlights: 512 and Still Echoes.

 

4. Interloper ( Remastered) – Carbon based Lifeforms

Gorgeous ambient chill out soundscapes with a nice groove, perfect late night listening. Highlights: Init, 20 minutes and Supersede

 

 

5. Bottom of the Morning – Pinkish Black

This synth based band have made a dark record which successfully blends elements of doom, post punk and industrial. Highlights : Brown Rainbow and Special Dark.

 

 

6. Zipper Down – Eagles of Death Metal

This is a fun groovy vintage Rock album, simple but effective. It’s not to be to taken too seriously but still an enjoyable listen all the same. Highlights : Complexity and I love you all the time.

 

 

7. Swept – Kiasmos

This EP followed their self titled album release in 2014. This is another great piece of work that brilliantly combines electronics and classical elements.

 

 

8. Life Story Love and Glory – Nils Frahm & Olafur Arnalds

This is a really interesting collaboration by two excellent composers.

 

 

9. Dust and Disquiet – Caspian

Caspian have always been consistent but this record is a step forward. From climatic explosions to beautiful ambient passages. Highlights : Echoes and Abyss and Equal night.

 

 

10. II – Metz

While not as fresh as the debut album, still a decent nice follow up all the same. Highlights: Acetate