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the interns' Best Albums Of 2015: Honourable Mentions And Staff Lists

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These are the albums that didn't quite make the main list but were brilliant nonetheless...

HiatusHiatus Kaiyote
Choose Your Weapon
If there was ever a band to not only recognise the rule book for genre conventions, but to then throw said book deftly into the wind, Hiatus Kaiyote would surely be at the fore. The Melbourne act’s sophomore outing Choose Your Weapon improves strongly on the foundations laid by their debut, faultlessly moulding jazz, soul, funk and a splash of electronica into an exhilarating and uncompromising 70 minute adventure. Never prone to incorporate half measures, the record is constantly changing with deep bass reigning supreme on the jittery Laputa, Nai Palm’s sultry jazz-infused vocals soothing on Breathing Underwater, and Atari receiving a breakneck tempo and 8-bit electronic treatment. Hiatus Kaiyote’s Choose Your Weapon is an incredible achievement by a band who fully deserve your attention. - Ben Kyi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gang Of YouthsGang Of Youths
The Positions
The Positions came to fruition over the space of a two year period and tells of the tumultuous relationship between Gang of Youths’ frontman David Leaupepe and a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer. An album birthed out of sheer necessity, The Positions manages to maintain an uplifting air of defiance while painting a sprawling picture of grief, loss and ultimately hope. It is one thing to delve into such a heavy subject matter on your debut long player, but it is another entirely when the kind of precision and finesse displayed in the execution reflects that of an act far beyond their mere years would suggest. Anchored by the incredible vocal range delivered by Leaupepe, from the rollicking Poison Drum and the triumphant Magnolia, to the heartbreak of Kansas and Sjamboksa, The Positions is beautiful, raw, honest and far reaching indie rock where risk pays off in hefty rewards. - Ben Kyi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AlisonAlison Wonderland
Run
There was no need for Alison Wonderland to release a full album. Before Run she was already playing some of the world’s biggest stages and had released a steady handful of stellar tracks including I Want U. She could’ve gone on releasing singles and had a huge year but instead she applied herself to an album and thank goodness she did. Run is by far the biggest Australian electronic album of the year - a conglomeration of huge drops, room-shattering synths and howling vocals that soundtrack hazy late nights. Opener Run is a swelling, behemoth of a song but tracks like Games prove she knows how to craft a perfect pop song. It’s an ambitious and honest project that establishes AW as the person most well-equipped to change the face of Australian electronic music. Listening to it now, it feels like a triumphant victory lap. - Sam Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SampaSampa The Great
The Great Mixtape
If you were asked to name an Australian female rapper right, you’d say Iggy Azalea. It’s nothing to be ashamed of but you would. Sampa may have been born and raised in Africa but she’s living in Sydney now and she’s the female voice in hip-hop we so desperately need. The Great Mixtape, as the name suggests, is just a mixtape but it’s still one of the best local releases of the year. It’s a vibrant trip through experimental, jazz-infused beats with verses that set her well on the way to being recognised among the likes of Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper. She traverses topics of identity, feminism and race all the while laughing in between tracks. “I’m an F E M A L E from the ghetto,” she raps on F E M A L E simultaneously announcing to us all the she’s an absolute boss. No new artist in this country was as exciting as Sampa in 2015 and that’s because there was no other record worldwide that sounded like this. - Sam Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SamoSamo Sound Boy
Begging Please
People too often write club records off as not having heart. It may be because of the atmosphere that they’re consumed in and because they often lack lyrics but Samo Sound Boy’s emotional Begging Please disapproved that this year. The album is a story of heartbreak told through built up climaxes that are then scattered like dust and swelling vocal samples that are interlaced with isolated synths. He may only use vocals in the form of repetitive samples but he uses them to swell emotion. What Can I Do is full of desperation, Got It Bad is love drunk while Save Wait Time brims with hope. As dark as it gets, it still feels like he’s getting over the heartbreak with every song particularly when it ends with the nostalgic but euphoric You Come For Me. - Sam Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DawnDawn Richard
Blackheart
2015’s most underrated release comes courtesy of former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard who's making genre-defying music at a rapid rate. Blackheart effortlessly melds together eccentric electronica with R&B moving from instrumental epics like Calypso to stomping bangers like Blow. At times her voice sounds superhuman and manipulated within an inch of its life but that’s because it’s treated like an instrument rather than a vessel for words. You never get the sense she’s forcing the verse/chorus structure rather moving with the music wherever it demands her. She goes on tribal, tropical and club-inspired detours but nothing ever feels out of place. Rather it's just all part of her experimental journey. - Sam Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LanaLana Del Rey
Honeymoon
Lana Del Rey’s career was almost over before it even began. Label involvement and the wrong producers turned her debut Born To Die into a glossy, manicured missfire but inch by inch she’s showed her artistry with Ultraviolence and this year the even better Honeymoon. Honeymoon trades the rock roughness of Ultraviolence for vintage Hollywood glamour that’s often more heartbreaking than glamorous a la the life of Marilyn Monroe. Terrence Loves You is a gorgeous jazz-influenced number, the title track is an infatuated ballad and Music To Watch Boys To is a creeping tale of lust. She never sounds in a rush, consistently choosing style over an immediate hit which realises her vision of bringing together the past and the vintage more than ever before. When she sings, “all I wanna do is get high by the beach,” you know that Lana finally gives zero fucks and that’s her greatest weapon right now. - Sam Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BieberJustin Bieber
Purpose
2015 was the year that it became ok to like Justin Bieber. Not because he stopped being a twat or because we all got to see his penis but because the music was just too good to deny. With lead-singles What Do You Mean and Sorry, key-producer Skrillex found a sound that nurtured Bieber’s smooth but limited voice and pulled him back from the far less accessible R&B world of Journals. Purpose is self-obsessed particularly when it ventures into ballad territory but that’s kind of what we’ve come to love about Bieber. Any other popstar singing, “What about the children?” would sound ridiculous but somehow Bieber turns it into a banger on Children. It seems he can do no wrong and it’s because Purpose is the biggest guilty pleasure of the year. So much so that everyone has set out to make excuses as to why it’s ok to like it. It’s ok to like it because it’s full of bloody good tunes and that’s the only explanation necessary. - Sam Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JulioBashmoreJulio Bashmore
Knockin’ Boots
Julio Bashmore had a big hand in the house revolution that shot Disclosure to fame with their debut album Settle but even though he was riding with a trend he didn’t rush his debut album. Knockin’ Boots came just as Disclosure were releasing their second album which pales in comparison to this record. It’s a joyous, euphoric and dance-ready exploration of deep house and all the different influences that have impacted it from disco to the ‘90s. The vocal sample on the opening title track is “we danced and danced ‘til we fell in love,” which is basically the mantra of the whole album. From the soulful seduction of For Your Love to the giddy flirtation of Let Me Be Your Weakness, it’s all about falling in love on the dancefloor. Bashmore’s had a very successful relationship with the dancefloor and it only seems to be getting stronger. - Sam Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AdeleAdele
25
Adele’s 21 was a huge, earth-shattering record but given the sheer size of it, it’s a testament to Adele that she actually managed to disappear. When she returned with the now iconic line, “hello, it’s me,” it felt as if we were hearing from a long lost friend. The voice was back and so was the forthright honesty. Sound-wise there’s nothing shocking about 25. She may try some bigger notes but it’s still a cross between soulful ditties and big ballads. What’s so special about Adele is everyone actually cares about the lyrics. We know she’s moved on from the man that broke her heart for 21 and on 25 she’s dealing with new love, a baby and fame while saying goodbye to her youth. “I’m so mad about getting old it makes me restless,” she sings on album highlight When We Were Young. It’s one of the album’s select goosebump moments because she shrieks vocally. Worrying about getting old is not a new sensation but no one says anything quite as succinctly and honestly as Adele. That’s why she’s breaking records, because she’s able to write about universal emotions in a way everybody can relate too. She may make it sound easy but it’s not. - Sam Murphy

Adele's 25 is not available on Spotify.

Wolf AliceWolf Alice
My Love Is Cool
The debut album from London four piece Wolf Alice is one of contrasts. Chaotic and grungy one moment, refined and delicate the next. Despite its tonal variations and genre bending, My Love is Cool remains an engaging, fully coherent and cohesive body of work. Your Loves Whore and Bros are incredibly catchy and heartfelt, while the hectic duo of Lisbon and Giant Peach show a band not afraid in the slightest to get their hands dirty. Frontwoman Ellie Rowsell oozes charisma and uses a fantastic set of lungs to full potential, as the musical backdrop shifts between the light and dark with ease. My Love Is Cool showcases a true sense of both wonder and a certain familiarity with dazzling results. - Ben Kyi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UMOUnknown Mortal Orchestra
Multi-Love
The subject matter of someone's album can be a crucial part of its rendering - think about The Streets' A Grand Don't Come For Free.  That is a story told throughout multiple songs, an aural journey of British slang and everyday life. Multi-Love is a story on a whole another level. A story not told by many, a story of a love triangle practically unheard of in the musical world, a story told with lo fi funk from a front man who boasts some of the best guitar work you'll see or hear. This album is about so much more than just music, and that's what is so exciting about it. - Jack Cain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD What Went Down.jpgFoals
What Went Down
This latest creative effort seems to channel the varying styles of previous albums and does so in the most satisfying and successful way. What Went Down also includes several tracks that follow what seems to be a growing trend for the group towards a slower, more introspective style of song. After getting dark and emotional on such tracks like London Thunder, which references the musical journey they have taken over time, the album then starts to get into the luminous funk that those who’ve been listening since Antidotes have come to expect from Yannis, Jack and co. Night Swimmers throws back to the gorgeously light guitar countermelodies that caught the ears of many back in 2008. Those expecting some proper British rock are treated to a couple of tracks that involve some seriously heavy basslines and much more intense vocal, through tracks like Snake Oil. In short summary, It’s not a record that is necessarily enhanced by being listened to as a whole, and perhaps that’s not what they were aiming for. What Went Down is exactly what it intends to be. - Zanda Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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These are the albums that didn't quite make the main list but were brilliant nonetheless...

HiatusHiatus Kaiyote
Choose Your Weapon
If there was ever a band to not only recognise the rule book for genre conventions, but to then throw said book deftly into the wind, Hiatus Kaiyote would surely be at the fore. The Melbourne act’s sophomore outing Choose Your Weapon improves strongly on the foundations laid by their debut, faultlessly moulding jazz, soul, funk and a splash of electronica into an exhilarating and uncompromising 70 minute adventure. Never prone to incorporate half measures, the record is constantly changing with deep bass reigning supreme on the jittery Laputa, Nai Palm’s sultry jazz-infused vocals soothing on Breathing Underwater, and Atari receiving a breakneck tempo and 8-bit electronic treatment. Hiatus Kaiyote’s Choose Your Weapon is an incredible achievement by a band who fully deserve your attention. - Ben Kyi

Gang Of YouthsGang Of Youths
The Positions
The Positions came to fruition over the space of a two year period and tells of the tumultuous relationship between Gang of Youths’ frontman David Leaupepe and a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer. An album birthed out of sheer necessity, The Positions manages to maintain an uplifting air of defiance while painting a sprawling picture of grief, loss and ultimately hope. It is one thing to delve into such a heavy subject matter on your debut long player, but it is another entirely when the kind of precision and finesse displayed in the execution reflects that of an act far beyond their mere years would suggest. Anchored by the incredible vocal range delivered by Leaupepe, from the rollicking Poison Drum and the triumphant Magnolia, to the heartbreak of Kansas and Sjamboksa, The Positions is beautiful, raw, honest and far reaching indie rock where risk pays off in hefty rewards. - Ben Kyi

AlisonAlison Wonderland
Run
There was no need for Alison Wonderland to release a full album. Before Run she was already playing some of the world’s biggest stages and had released a steady handful of stellar tracks including I Want U. She could’ve gone on releasing singles and had a huge year but instead she applied herself to an album and thank goodness she did. Run is by far the biggest Australian electronic album of the year - a conglomeration of huge drops, room-shattering synths and howling vocals that soundtrack hazy late nights. Opener Run is a swelling, behemoth of a song but tracks like Games prove she knows how to craft a perfect pop song. It’s an ambitious and honest project that establishes AW as the person most well-equipped to change the face of Australian electronic music. Listening to it now, it feels like a triumphant victory lap. - Sam Murphy

SampaSampa The Great
The Great Mixtape
If you were asked to name an Australian female rapper right, you’d say Iggy Azalea. It’s nothing to be ashamed of but you would. Sampa may have been born and raised in Africa but she’s living in Sydney now and she’s the female voice in hip-hop we so desperately need. The Great Mixtape, as the name suggests, is just a mixtape but it’s still one of the best local releases of the year. It’s a vibrant trip through experimental, jazz-infused beats with verses that set her well on the way to being recognised among the likes of Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper. She traverses topics of identity, feminism and race all the while laughing in between tracks. “I’m an F E M A L E from the ghetto,” she raps on F E M A L E simultaneously announcing to us all the she’s an absolute boss. No new artist in this country was as exciting as Sampa in 2015 and that’s because there was no other record worldwide that sounded like this. - Sam Murphy

SamoSamo Sound Boy
Begging Please
People too often write club records off as not having heart. It may be because of the atmosphere that they’re consumed in and because they often lack lyrics but Samo Sound Boy’s emotional Begging Please disapproved that this year. The album is a story of heartbreak told through built up climaxes that are then scattered like dust and swelling vocal samples that are interlaced with isolated synths. He may only use vocals in the form of repetitive samples but he uses them to swell emotion. What Can I Do is full of desperation, Got It Bad is love drunk while Save Wait Time brims with hope. As dark as it gets, it still feels like he’s getting over the heartbreak with every song particularly when it ends with the nostalgic but euphoric You Come For Me. - Sam Murphy

DawnDawn Richard
Blackheart
2015’s most underrated release comes courtesy of former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard who's making genre-defying music at a rapid rate. Blackheart effortlessly melds together eccentric electronica with R&B moving from instrumental epics like Calypso to stomping bangers like Blow. At times her voice sounds superhuman and manipulated within an inch of its life but that’s because it’s treated like an instrument rather than a vessel for words. You never get the sense she’s forcing the verse/chorus structure rather moving with the music wherever it demands her. She goes on tribal, tropical and club-inspired detours but nothing ever feels out of place. Rather, it's just all part of her experimental journey. - Sam Murphy

LanaLana Del Rey
Honeymoon
Lana Del Rey’s career was almost over before it even began. Label involvement and the wrong producers turned her debut Born To Die into a glossy, manicured missfire but inch by inch she’s showed her artistry with Ultraviolence and this year the even better Honeymoon. Honeymoon trades the rock roughness of Ultraviolence for vintage Hollywood glamour that’s often more heartbreaking than glamorous a la the life of Marilyn Monroe. Terrence Loves You is a gorgeous jazz-influenced number, the title track is an infatuated ballad and Music To Watch Boys To is a creeping tale of lust. She never sounds in a rush, consistently choosing style over an immediate hit which realises her vision of bringing together the past and the vintage more than ever before. When she sings, “all I wanna do is get high by the beach,” you know that Lana finally gives zero fucks and that’s her greatest weapon right now. - Sam Murphy

BieberJustin Bieber
Purpose
2015 was the year that it became ok to like Justin Bieber. Not because he stopped being a twat or because we all got to see his penis but because the music was just too good to deny. With lead-singles What Do You Mean and Sorry, key-producer Skrillex found a sound that nurtured Bieber’s smooth but limited voice and pulled him back from the far less accessible R&B world of Journals. Purpose is self-obsessed particularly when it ventures into ballad territory but that’s kind of what we’ve come to love about Bieber. Any other popstar singing, “What about the children?” would sound ridiculous but somehow Bieber turns it into a banger on Children. It seems he can do no wrong and it’s because Purpose is the biggest guilty pleasure of the year. So much so that everyone has set out to make excuses as to why it’s ok to like it. It’s ok to like it because it’s full of bloody good tunes and that’s the only explanation necessary. - Sam Murphy

JulioBashmoreJulio Bashmore
Knockin’ Boots
Julio Bashmore had a big hand in the house revolution that shot Disclosure to fame with their debut album Settle but even though he was riding with a trend he didn’t rush his debut album. Knockin’ Boots came just as Disclosure were releasing their second album which pales in comparison to this record. It’s a joyous, euphoric and dance-ready exploration of deep house and all the different influences that have impacted it from disco to the ‘90s. The vocal sample on the opening title track is “we danced and danced ‘til we fell in love,” which is basically the mantra of the whole album. From the soulful seduction of For Your Love to the giddy flirtation of Let Me Be Your Weakness, it’s all about falling in love on the dancefloor. Bashmore’s had a very successful relationship with the dancefloor and it only seems to be getting stronger. - Sam Murphy

AdeleAdele
25
Adele’s 21 was a huge, earth-shattering record but given the sheer size of it, it’s a testament to Adele that she actually managed to disappear. When she returned with the now iconic line, “hello, it’s me,” it felt as if we were hearing from a long lost friend. The voice was back and so was the forthright honesty. Sound-wise there’s nothing shocking about 25. She may try some bigger notes but it’s still a cross between soulful ditties and big ballads. What’s so special about Adele is everyone actually cares about the lyrics. We know she’s moved on from the man that broke her heart for 21 and on 25 she’s dealing with new love, a baby and fame while saying goodbye to her youth. “I’m so mad about getting old it makes me restless,” she sings on album highlight When We Were Young. It’s one of the album’s select goosebump moments because she shrieks vocally. Worrying about getting old is not a new sensation but no one says anything quite as succinctly and honestly as Adele. That’s why she’s breaking records, because she’s able to write about universal emotions in a way everybody can relate too. She may make it sound easy but it’s not. - Sam Murphy

Wolf AliceWolf Alice
My Love Is Cool
The debut album from London four piece Wolf Alice is one of contrasts. Chaotic and grungy one moment, refined and delicate the next. Despite its tonal variations and genre bending, My Love is Cool remains an engaging, fully coherent and cohesive body of work. Your Loves Whore and Bros are incredibly catchy and heartfelt, while the hectic duo of Lisbon and Giant Peach show a band not afraid in the slightest to get their hands dirty. Frontwoman Ellie Rowsell oozes charisma and uses a fantastic set of lungs to full potential, as the musical backdrop shifts between the light and dark with ease. My Love Is Cool showcases a true sense of both wonder and a certain familiarity with dazzling results. - Ben Kyi

UMOUnknown Mortal Orchestra
Multi-Love
The subject matter of someone's album can be a crucial part of its rendering - think about The Streets' A Grand Don't Come For Free.  That is a story told throughout multiple songs, an aural journey of British slang and everyday life. Multi-Love is a story on a whole another level. A story not told by many, a story of a love triangle practically unheard of in the musical world, a story told with lo fi funk from a front man who boasts some of the best guitar work you'll see or hear. This album is about so much more than just music, and that's what is so exciting about it. - Jack Cain

CD What Went Down.jpgFoals
What Went Down
This latest creative effort seems to channel the varying styles of previous albums and does so in the most satisfying and successful way. What Went Down also includes several tracks that follow what seems to be a growing trend for the group towards a slower, more introspective style of song. After getting dark and emotional on such tracks like London Thunder, which references the musical journey they have taken over time, the album then starts to get into the luminous funk that those who’ve been listening since Antidotes have come to expect from Yannis, Jack and co. Night Swimmers throws back to the gorgeously light guitar countermelodies that caught the ears of many back in 2008. Those expecting some proper British rock are treated to a couple of tracks that involve some seriously heavy basslines and much more intense vocal, through tracks like Snake Oil. In short summary, It’s not a record that is necessarily enhanced by being listened to as a whole, and perhaps that’s not what they were aiming for. What Went Down is exactly what it intends to be. - Zanda Wilson

Click through to page 2 for staff lists.

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Sam Murphy
Editor
1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
2. Jamie xx - In Colour
3. Grimes - Art Angels
4. Tame Impala - Currents
5. Empress Of - Me
6. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
7. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
8. Beach House - Depression Cherry
9. Dawn Richard - Wildheart
10. Carly Rae Jepsen - E.MO.TION

Bianca Bosso
Creative Director
1. Tame Impala - Currents
2. Jamie xx - In Colour
3. Grimes - Art Angels
4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
5. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
6. Beach House - Depression Cherry
7. Miguel - Wildheart
8. Justin Bieber - Purpose
9. Christine & The Queens - Christine & The Queens
10. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

Zanda Wilson
Contributor
1. Tame Impala - Currents
2. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
3. Foals - What Went Down
4. Grimes - Art Angels
5. The Wombats - Glitterbug
6. Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light
7. Last Dinosaurs - Wellness
8. San Cisco - Gracetown
9. Jamie xx - In Colour
10. Alison Wonderland - Run

Ben Kyi
Contributor
1. Gang of Youths – The Positions
2. Grimes – Art Angels
3. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
4. Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon
5. Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep
6. Jamie xx – In Colour
7. Fightstar – Behind The Devil’s Back
8. The Staves – If I Was
9. CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
10. Blur – The Magic Whip

Meshell Webb
Contributor
Point Point - Contrastive Focus Reduplication
Björk - Vulnicura
Tyler, The Creator - Cherrybomb
Mew - +-
Daniel Johns - Talk
Jaga Jazzist - Starfire
Towkio - .Wav Theory
Battles - La Di Da Di
Alina Baraz & Galimatias - Urban Flora
Dillon Francis - This Mixtape is Fire

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Sam Murphy
Editor
1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
2. Jamie xx - In Colour
3. Grimes - Art Angels
4. Tame Impala - Currents
5. Empress Of - Me
6. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
7. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
8. Beach House - Depression Cherry
9. Dawn Richard - Wildheart
10. Carly Rae Jepsen - E.MO.TION

Bianca Bosso
Creative Director
1. Tame Impala - Currents
2. Jamie xx - In Colour
3. Grimes - Art Angels
4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
5. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
6. Beach House - Depression Cherry
7. Miguel - Wildheart
8. Justin Bieber - Purpose
9. Christine & The Queens - Christine & The Queens
10. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

Zanda Wilson
Contributor
1. Tame Impala - Currents
2. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
3. Foals - What Went Down
4. Grimes - Art Angels
5. The Wombats - Glitterbug
6. Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light
7. Last Dinosaurs - Wellness
8. San Cisco - Gracetown
9. Jamie xx - In Colour
10. Alison Wonderland - Run

Ben Kyi
Contributor
1. Gang of Youths – The Positions
2. Grimes – Art Angels
3. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
4. Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon
5. Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep
6. Jamie xx – In Colour
7. Fightstar – Behind The Devil’s Back
8. The Staves – If I Was
9. CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
10. Blur – The Magic Whip

Meshell Webb
Contributor
Point Point - Contrastive Focus Reduplication
Björk - Vulnicura
Tyler, The Creator - Cherrybomb
Mew - +-
Daniel Johns - Talk
Jaga Jazzist - Starfire
Towkio - .Wav Theory
Battles - La Di Da Di
Alina Baraz & Galimatias - Urban Flora
Dillon Francis - This Mixtape is Fire

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Trash Or Treasure? Splendour In The Grass' Most Memorable Looks

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We've had a week to deal with the fact that Splendour In The Grass is over for another year but that doesn't mean we can't still learn something. As much as music festivals are about the music, fashion continues to play a huge part both on and off stage. Here are the most memorable looks from Splendour.

Tkay Maidza

? @fromthepit666

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Just as she promised she “went all out”. Deciding to get a custom made pilot suit for the occassion months ago (cute!) she drew one of the largest crowds of the day. Bouncing around on stage, the adorable, full of life rapper is a great reminder to not taken anything too seriously, especially fashion. And the fashion peeps have already caught on. She’s already appeared in Australian Vogue and Nylon and fronted the Mimco x Frends collaboration campaign.

Azealia Banks
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As they say a picture is worth a thousand words but there is only one for this: Gurllll! Whilst she has expressed her disapproval about the hip hop and fashion world colliding, her fashion choices are obvious form of self expression. Reflecting her loud and boisterous style, her very short, tight and colourful outfit looked amazing on her. In saying that with the length of her legs, she could pretty much wear anything. Bitch.

Client Liason

Splendour In The House ?☁️ time ? @biancaholderness

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Their style is definitely nostalgic. Everything from their band name, their hairstyles to their outfits evokes an Australian 8’0s corporate vibe. Hence their Splendour outfits. Monte Morgan strutted around in an apricot lapel suit with matching shoes and white socks. Harvey Miller contrasted in a sky blue version and accessorised his look with some pale pink shoulder length earring. They took their stage performance one step further and had backup dancers in 80’s aerobics leotards. I’m not sure if they intended to, but they looked hilarious.

Florence Welch

Image: SMH

Image: SMH

I know, I know she seems to feature a lot in these list, but come on…. Look at her! As most festival goers these days desperately try to recreate a scene from Almost Famous by kitting themselves from head to toe (in not necessarily fashionable) vintage, Florence polished and contemporary twist on the 60’s/70’s trend can’t be beaten. At one point in her performance, spinning and twirling around on stage she got caught up in her amazing lightweight flowy cream top and threw it into the crowd. Whoever the person who managed to get their hands on it, so help me God if you don’t treat that piece of material like treasure...

Patience Hodgson from The Grates


If you had to judge how much fun one was having at Splendour by what they were wearing then Patience Hodgson was more excited than everyone. Or as Phoebe from Friends puts it “ You’re like Santa Clause on Prozac, at Disneyland, getting laid!” Her wearable art was created by designer Rachel Burke. Whilst I personally think she resembles a giant jellyfish or a pinata, the creative and crafty singer of The Grates (who hosts a DIY/ How-to web series “Fancy Free”) seemed to be thrilled with it.

Johnny Marr

Image: Daily Mail

Image: Daily Mail

One of the genuine rock and roll style icons that still remains today. Johnny Marr , the charming and fashion conscious musician, looked every bit that in his red button up and tailored black velvet blazer (which is pretty much the sexiest piece of clothing a guy can wear). His embroidered blue and red floral guitar strap was small reminder of his cool individual style.

Ellie Rowsell from Wolf Alice

Image: Blank Gold Coast

Image: Blank Gold Coast

ASOS and Polyvore are already trying to recreate her looks, so I guess it’s safe to say Ellie Rowsell is one of the new style crushes of fashion. Her style is a juxtaposition of raw 90’s grunge with something girly, pretty, glittery or sparkly. Her approach to dressing for festivals: getting a little dressed up, as long as it make her feel a bit more special. The jacket she wore performing at Splendour was gaw-jus.

Megan Washington

Image: Markus Ravik

Image: Markus Ravik

Diverging from the indie hipster style usually seen at Splendour, I’m going to go ahead and say this year was all about the colour and the sparkles. Lots of sparkles. An on-stage favourite amongst many performers, Megan Washington jumped on board of the trend. Just as she describes her style, she is a “modern Sally Bowles”.

Kevin Parker from Tame Impala

Image: The Music

Image: The Music

His distinctive style is reminiscent of his band’s sound, disorientated but dazzling. Admitting he’s not interested in fashion, he wore a tie-dyed t-shirt and still had his signature scarf draped around his neck. Pleasing the crowd with very visual psychedelic backdrop, he just blended in.

Ecca Vandal

Image: Music Feeds

Image: Music Feeds

Well she certainly has a stage presence… The “enigma” as she keeps being referred to, fiery punk persona (it’s not just her style) is adventurous and energetic, which always makes one interesting to watch. Plus she kind of reminds me of a character that could be in “The Fifth Element”.

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