The 2015 end of year list is here! This time it’s a jumbo list of 50 favourite albums, as well as an expanded playlist of 90+ songs. So if you don’t find something to listen to over the holidays, there’s something very wrong! It’s never made much sense to include everything in one big list, but well, here we are again. There’s a genre column that’s sortable, that may appease the purists. First up, the must-listen shoegaze records. Italy’s La Casa al Mare delivered an unforgettable debut in ‘This Astro’, an instant classic. Beliefs returned with their second album ‘Leaper’ and it turned out to be a stunner, even better than expected. Ringo Deathstarr delivered again with ‘Pure Mood’, they could be on top every year! 93MillionMilesFromTheSun gave us the noise/psych crossover ‘Fall Into Nothing’, an epic listen. Cheatahs continued to dish out brilliance with ‘Mythologies’, and Venera 4‘s full length ‘Eidolon’ impressed. In dream pop land, it’s hard to argue against the beauty of Beach House‘s ‘Depression Cherry’. It’s minimal dream pop at its best. I didn’t expect it, and loved every minute. That’s not to take away from the amazing crossover records by Pinkshinyultrablast, Them Are Us Too, Wildhoney and The Black Ryder. And also, the stand-out jangle pop records; ‘Jane’s Lament’ by Au.Ra, Day Wave‘s debut and Hibou‘s self/titled, all great. 2015 was another big year for reunions; on the back of Slowdive‘s tour came news of Ride‘s live return, as well as Swervedriver‘s new album and the imminent reunion of Lush! What’s next? Here’s hoping My Bloody Valentine‘s new EP will see the light of day but that’s crossing all fingers and toes! Though it’s not completely improbable, Kevin Shields told NME they were heading back into the studio last October/November to work on it. So who knows? As 2015 wraps up there’s a number of confirmed releases to look forward to in 2016; like DIIV, Nothing, LSD And The Search For God, Pinkshinyultrablast, Dear Tracks, The Enters, Dead Horse One, The Morelings and Maria False. Without further preamble, here’s a list of faves from 2015 (combining albums and EPs / excluding 2-3 track singles)… Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums Of 2015 #ARTWORKARTISTALBUMGENRELABEL 1 Beach HouseDepression CherryDream PopSub Pop 2 La Casa al MareThis Astro [EP]ShoegazeS/R 3 BeliefsLeaperShoegaze / Dream PopHand Drawn Dracula 4 Ringo DeathstarrPure MoodShoegaze / Noise PopClub AC30 / Vinyl Junkie 5 PinkshinyultrablastEverything Else MattersDream Pop / RockClub AC30 / Shelflife 6 93MillionMilesFromTheSunFall Into NothingShoegaze / PsychS/R 7 CheatahsMythologiesShoegaze / PsychWichita Recordings 8 Them Are Us TooRemainDream Pop / Synth PopDais Records 9 Au.RaJane's LamentDream / Jangle / PsychFelte 10 Venera 4EidolonShoegaze / Dream PopS/R 11 No JoyMore FaithfulShoegaze / Dream PopMexican Summer 12 The Black RyderThe Door Behind The DoorDream Pop / ShoegazeThe Anti-Machine Machine 13 AstrobriteDeluxerShoegaze / Noise RockS/R 14 WildhoneyYour Face Sideways [EP]Dream Pop / RockTopshelf Records 15 SwervedriverI Wasn't Born To Lose YouRock / ShoegazeS/R 16 DeafcultDeafcult [EP]Noise Pop / ShoegazeS/R 17 WildhoneySleep Through ItNoise Pop / ShoegazeDeranged / Forward Records 18 Day WaveHeadcase [EP]Dream Pop / Jangle PopS/R 19 Lightning BugFloatersShoegaze / PsychS/R 20 TrementinaAlmost Reach The SunShoegaze Vinyl Junkie / BYM 21 WestkustLast ForeverNoise Pop / ShoegazeLuxury / Run For Cover 22 Infinity GirlHarmShoegaze / RockTopshelf Records 23 AirsApart [EP]Shoegaze / Dream PopBone Orchard 24 She Bit Her LipViivDream Pop / ShoegazeSeksound Records 25 CloakroomFurther OutShoegaze / Post-HardcoreRun For Cover Records 26 HibouHibouDream Pop / Jangle PopBarsuk Records 27 MumrunnerFull Blossom [EP]Shoegaze / PsychSoliti / Wolves & Vibrancy 28 QuellQuellShoegaze / Post-RockS/R 29 WinterSupreme Blue DreamDream Pop / Indie PopLollipop Records 30 Air FormationWere We Ever Here [EP]Shoegaze / RockClub AC30 31 Flyying ColoursROYGBIV [EP]Shoegaze / Noise PopClub AC30 / Shelflife 32 ForevrDemonstration [EP]Shoegaze / Dream PopS/R 33 Static DaydreamStatic DaydreamNoise Rock / ShoegazeMoon Sounds / Saint Marie Records 34 HelenThe Original FacesShoegaze / RockKranky 35 LustLustShoegaze / Post-HardcoreS/R 36 SourinSourinShoegazeS/R 37 TamarynCranekissDream Pop / New WaveMexican Summer 38 Fever DreamMoyaMoyaNoise Pop / ShoegazeClub AC30 39 SheerUneasyShoegaze / RockThe Native Sound 40 KindlingGalaxies [EP]Shoegaze / RockNo Idea Records 41 Vaadat CharigimSinking As A StoneShoegaze / PsychAnova Music / Burger Records 42 ThreadingYou Are Never Enough [EP]Shoegaze / Post-HardcoreThe Native Sound 43 Maria FalseWhenShoegazeA Quick One 44 White PoppyNatural PhenomenaShoegaze / ExperimentalNot Not Fun 45 This Love Is DeadlyWantShoegaze / Dream PopBekassine / Lovesick 46 Presents For SallyColours & ChangesRock / ShoegazeSaint Marie Records 47 Shana FalanaSet Your Lightning Fire FreeShoegaze / PsychTeam Love Records 48 Everyone But MeEveryone But Me [EP]ShoegazeCustom Made Music 49 Bloodhounds On My TrailEscape II [EP]Dream Pop / ShoegazeMoon Sounds Records 50 Ghost LakeI Feel EverythingShoegazeS/R Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2015 *UPDATED* Need more lists? Here’s 2014’s Shoegaze and Dream Pop Albums / Songs to freshen your memory. For more shoegaze and dream pop albums stay tuned to the blog @ Sounds Better With Reverb. 2 Responses Rocket 22/12/2015 Thanks again for the year Jimmy. Great list. Particularly Au.Ra, Lightning Bug, Helen and Cheatahs! I would have included Dråpe though ? dude 12/01/2016 I agree. Relax/Relapse was my favorite from 2015. I’m definitely a fan of Beliefs getting the third spot though.