2015 Rokkies: A rundown of our Favorite Indie Albums from the Past Year (Top 15)
It is difficult and perhaps even irrelevent to pick winners when it comes to artistic endeavors, after all, unlike a sporting event music is a subjective and personal experience for the listener, that which can only be judged on a level of individual interpretation.
That being said, The ROKKY AWARDS is an annual selection of Favorite Indie Music Achievements from the past year (See 2014 Rokky Awards), with an emphasis on the independent/unsigned artist whose eager devotion to artistic expression often matches or exceeds that of more celebrated contemporaries. This year end review is essentially comprised of Artists we’ve featured throughout the year, and while it’s simply not possible to have listened to every album released in 2015, I like to think the following selections cover a fairly broad range of styles consistent with an ongoing pursuit of musical discovery, rather than simply a reflection of personal preferences.
For our purposes, the criteria used for this Top 15 of ’15 List is that they be Canadian releases of more than 4 songs, and it’s worth mentioning that some favorites were omitted because of the high profile media exposure already bestowed upon them, for things like the Polaris Prize (Braids, Viet Cong, Bad Bad Not Good & Ghostface Killah) and the Peak Performance Project (Leeroy Stagger, Transit). And suffice it to say, the Canadian indie music well is vast and deep, so why be unnecessarily redundant.
So on that note and without further ado, here is ROKLINE’s Favorite Canadian Albums of 2015 >>