2015 was a consistent year for Invisible Library! We put out several projects including my favorite album this year, CANTALOUPER – REPRODUCTION. Brandon Brains and kidDEAD dropped their long awaited masterpiece of sadness, brainDEAD – CRTN DTH EP. kidDEAD also put out Truth Bombs (kidDEADcult) with guitar savant Chris Surratt. Central Illinois legends HUSHPAD dropped a single as a pre-cursor to their album Hellas. Spoken Nerd remained prolific this year with the vinyl release of We are probably going to make it in this world after all, Cult ‘a’ Cola Classics vol. 2 on cassette with 24-7 and the Failing is FUN EP.
CANTALOUPER – REPRODUCTION
This album opens with a song about loosing your virginity in a parking lot and trying but failing to recreate that experience. Reproduction takes you on a journey of deep thinking and self realization all the while tickling you like some sort of demented Beach Boys record from another dimension. On one hand singer Levi Dolan sounds like he may be the saddest guy who’s ever lived, on the other hand he sounds as if he’s conquering the world as he wails through choruses as if he’s just figured it all out.
CESCHI – Broken Bone Ballads
BBB is an album full of the best song on the album. Ceschi’s raps are full of hope and inspiration but never really stray away from the melancholy and reality of life. In a world of naively positive rap that might as well say that everything will work itself out if you vibe to this, Ceschi’s music is the most refreshing because of it’s honesty. Here’s a quote that sums that up, “While conscious rappers sample I have a dream, I discuss life with Latin Kings. Wondering what freedom means in a cell with junkies detoxing”. I have turned quite a few of my non hip hop friendly friends on to this record and have seen them moved by it.
GOBLIN – REBIRTH
It’s a really special thing to see a band like Goblin continue to make amazing music in 2015. This Italian band of prog rockers have been making music since 1972 and have since produced the soundtracks to some amazing horror classics including Dario Argento’s Suspiria. Rebirth has a bit more of a live sound which is portrayed the best on Book of Skulls. I would love to see this band play live.
MEW – +-
+- is a very different album then what I’m used to from MEW. Don’t get me wrong, This album sounds like MEW through and through but seems to take a more experimental and electronic angle. Listening to it almost sounds like a solo album as opposed to a band effort which lends to the discovery of new sounds and vibes. I listened to this album non-stop for a week when I got it.
LOW – Ones and Sixes
Ones and Sixes is a real gem. I have always loved Drums and Guns and this album moves me in the same way. It has a very big sound and holds true to strong melodies between the 2 vocalists. The production outright amazing which will keep my eyes on BJ Burton. This is the type of album that you will want to listen to at a loud volume because it will bump like a hip hop record!
Great Drugadelic hip hop from New Jersey! RAY STRIFE, DREADY MERCURY and WADE WILSON form the trio known as DREADPOOL PARKER. Songs about comics, drugs and the good life make a great hip hop album to vibe to.
DISASTERPEACE – IT FOLLOWS SOUNDTRACK
Big Fat 80’s synth. Feels like Nightmare on Elm Street sounds like falling in love.
JOEY THE JERK – CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
This is the best Christian Hip Hop album I’ve heard in years. Joey is a co-founder of one of the best hip supergroups in history. the legendary LA SYMPHONY. This album is a rap album about faith, Virtue and God. Usually this means that it’s a well intended album but overall isn’t in the same league as everything else you’re listening to. That’s not the case at all with Catch me if you Can. This album stands next to Ceschi’s Broken Bone Ballads as my favorite hip hop albums of the year.
SUFJAN STEVENS – CARRIE and LOWELL
Simplicity. Just a really pretty folk album. I recommend giving it a chance.
VINYL CAPE – RITUAL ABUSE
DOOM RAP out of the Northeast. This is my favorite project from Portland, Maine’s BRZOWSKI. It’s nice to BRZO on a dark no nonsense vibe. This album include features from F. Virtue, Swordplay and more.
OUT OF PLACE – UNTITLED
Nashville legend, 24-7 released his newest project under his tenured moniker, Out of Place. Untitled is chopped full of sample based beats and features from Spoken Nerd, kidDEAD. Kapsole, Bobby Exodus and more. Untitled is a really fun album and has kept my head nodding throughout 2015.
COUNTERFEIT MONEY MACHINE – DONALD RUMP
Big Buzzing Beats by Juan Cosby with Cincinasti’s best MC’s Killing the tracks!
DAN SMITH – STILL LIFE
Still Life is a really thoughtful collection of new songs from Listener’s frontman, Dan Smith.
RACHEL HADEN – The LUCCI PARADE
Instense ambient ballads from Rachel Haden. Overwhelming beauty is present in every song on this album. More people should hear this music.