Shake Shook Shaken by The dø
You’re going to start noticing a theme here on the Top 31. This band, The dø, from Paris, fits a mold you first heard at #17 in the Swedish band, Amason: strong, lyrical, female vocals backed by a mix of analog and synthesized electrified sound. I’m not sure if it’s me that’s in a phase that is particularly drawn to this formula, or if there just happens to be a plethora of really good indie pop music coming out right now. Either way, I’m happy.
Shake Shook Shaken is the band’s third full-length, and it technically came out in 2014 in other parts of the world, but since I didn’t hear of it until recently, I’m using the U.S. release date (January 27, 2015) to allow the album to be on this year’s countdown. It’s my Top 31, dammit. I do what I want.
Plus, this album is so good, I want to give it maximum exposure. The dø are a duo, Olivia Merilahti and Dan Levy, who met ten years ago. I haven’t been able to check out their other two albums, but I hope to soon. According to the peak chart positions of their albums, as shown on Wikipedia, the French sure do love them some dø. I’m guessing you will, too.
16. La Di Da Di by Battles
17. Sky City by Amason
18. What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World by The Decemberists
19. Untethered Moon by Built to Spill
20. Viet Cong by Viet Cong
21. The Magic Whip by Blur
22. Savage Hills Ballroom by Youth Lagoon
23. Not Real by Stealing Sheep
24. Beat the Champ by The Mountain Goats
25. Gliss Riffer by Dan Deacon
26. Dark Bird is Home by The Tallest Man on Earth
27. Gunnera by Pfarmers
28. Swimmer to a Liquid Armchair by Ricked Wickey
29. To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
30. Live in Seattle by Moufang / Czamanski
31. High by Royal Headache