1 Stara Rzeka – Zamknęły Się Oczy Ziemi
Their first album made my number 5 two years ago and has only grown in my estimation since. This is the follow up and possibly final album from Polish uncategorisables Stara Rzeka. This album is slightly mellower than the first with more acoustic plucking and the more metal elements stripped back to dirgey droning, with an even more expansive musical palette. Stara Rzeka somehow manage to tie together every type of music that I hold dear: spacey drones, dark metal, reflective acoustic guitar, experimental electronica… it’s almost like an amalgam of my other 11 Best Albums of 2015 (well, most of them….not so much Sleaford Mods in there!) condensed into one beautiful, melancholic, shape-shifting indefinable whole. If this really is their last album, they have left behind a small, but perfectly formed legacy that I know I will be listening to for many years to come.