Surviving this year, or indeed any year, would not have been possible without music. In typically Hornbyesque fashion here’s my top five albums from 2015*:

Stoned Jesus – THE HARVEST

Stupidly tight and heavy Ukrainians deliver yet another perfect hard rock set that references just about everyone. Outside the headphones  Here Come The Robots is a great track to start the day, it annoyed my neighbours quite a lot this year.

Steven Wilson – HAND. CANNOT. ERASE.

Seems like the man can do no wrong, and who doesn’t love a neo-prog concept album? Well, I do.

Strongly recommend watching the movie this record is loosely based upon, Dreams Of A Life.

Ryley Walker – 2015-06-26 – LE POISSON ROUGE – NEW YORK 

OK, so he’s incredibly derivative of Van Morrison, John Martyn, Tim Buckley et. al. I really don’t see a problem with that.

This is a fantastic live set captured and posted by NYC Taper. If, like me, you’re not going to get to see Mr. Walker perform any time soon this really is the next best thing, superb quality too.

The Wrecking Crew: WE GOT GOOD AT IT – THE ANTHOLOGY (1962-1971)

Very unofficial soundtrack to the greatest music documentary of 2008, The Wrecking Crew.

Yes, there is an OST if you’d like to buy it and support the film’s makers, but this is by far the better version, including essential tracks that would have been very tough to license.

The Wrecking Crew were the very best at what they did, for a decade and a bit they played on just about everything. This one’s got chops, enjoy.

Nordic Giants – A SÉANCE OF DARK DELUSIONS

Brighton’s finest feather-headressed post-rockers, Nordic Giants, are often written-off as a poor man’s Sigur Ros. I’d argue that this music does actually resolve itself, eventually.

With the notable exception of the Copper family it’s not often that anyone raves about music from my stomping ground of Sussex, but by all accounts Nordic Giants manage to do that multimedia thing rather well in a live setting.

Wish that KLCC Convention Centre was on their tour itinerary for 2016.

*albums made available in 2015, not necessarily albums that contain music created in 2015.