Amy’s 2015 Music Highlights

4. Junkie XL – Mad Max: Fury Road SoundTrack

The surprising soundtrack of the year~ Seriously, I don’t think anyone went in there thinking “the Fury Road music is gonna be so dope!” However, Miller’s use of the medium made it possible for Junkie XL to complement Mad Max: Fury Road in its most memorable sequences to become an experience on their own.

3. The Murky Crows (昏鴉) – Everything Isn’t Wiped Out by Scientific Law (一切不滅定律)

Taiwanese band The Murky Crows with their second album, which I’ve translated to my own Chinese abilities, so no judging. To be honest, I don’t know much about the band- the credits on Facebook say that the lead of the band is Zhong Li (中立), Da Ku (大酷) in the guitar,  Jie Lin (杰霖) in the bass, Hui Yan (輝彥) in the violin Yi Xiu (易修) in the drums, and… there’s a juggler (?) called Da Kuan (大寬).

Their style in this album is pretty eclectic, part Taiwan folksy pop rock part artsy bedtime story; I didn’t find any English title for the songs but they range from Milky Way Winter Love Song (銀河冬令戀曲), to In Order to Stop the Dying Prince (為了已死去的王子), Thy Kingdom Glory (願你的王國榮耀), and Living Inside a Wolf’s Stomach (住進狼胃裡), which are some of my favorite tracks in the album. Definitely a complete and orderly album listen.

Get it on iTunes or IndieVox.


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

8 Responses

  1. hyucham says:

    Albums I really liked this year were in no particular order: Marina & The Diamonds – Froot; Du Blonde – Welcome Back To Milk; IU – Chat-Shire and A-Mit – AMIT2. I also really enjoyed Björk’s Vulnicura and discovering Suiyoubi no Campanella and Gesu no Kawami Otome. :)

  2. Thanks for introducing me to “Zipang!” I’ll work on my year-end posts after I try to catch up on movies for the poll. But some favorites in music were the latest album by The Dead Weather the debut album of the …punk soul? group Algiers, the gothic organ folk rock “Come Wander With Me/Deliverance” by Anna Von Hausswolff, various tracks from Battles’ latest album, some psychedelic rock from Pridjevi, and “Motherfucker” by Faith No More. I liked the looks in Shiina Ringo’s latest videos but the music didn’t quite catch me. I really liked Ga-In’s “Paradise Lost” but I felt a little betrayed when it seems like some of the choreography was copied without credit…

    • amy says:

      Always a pleasure! Suiyoubi no Campanella is bit long, no? xD There’s a lot of Zipang’s out there… one of them the punk rock opera that Yu Aoi did a couple of years ago, which I’m trying to find online subbed….

      It’s hard to list albums because many artists are just releasing singles or minis, and then after two-tree years of touring, they release an ‘album’ that contains all those tracks… so when it’s time to come up with a list, they all seem kinda last year. Happened to me with Shiina’s. I wasn’t a big fan of GaIn’s mini, I liked Paradise Lost enough, but it sorta got lost for me.

      Will be, of course, queuing your picks for listening~

  3. Giacomo Lee says:

    Good to see Grimes at #10 😃

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