The 2010s were a great decade for music discovery, with Spotify arriving in Australia in 2012 followed by Apple Music a few years later. I haven’t listened to all of them, so this is not exhaustive, but here are the albums I found and loved.
Awake – Tycho, 2014. This quickly became the ‘sleeping’ album.
We Are Born – Sia, 2010 Sia finding her true voice isa marvellous thing.
Gokushijugo – Uchikubigokumonodoukoukai, 2019 Japanese The Offspring?
Everything Will Be Alright in the End – Weezer, 2014. I’m always impressed when people do their best work in their 40s.
Ceremonials – Florence + the Machine, 2012. This album saw me through some tough times. I found it healing, and it gave me a constant, when my world was upside down, and an empathetic voice when the world had none.
My Woman – Angel Olsen, 2016. Great, raw production. Simple, catchy and unique songs.
We Stay Together – Andy Stott, 2011 Very interesting and strangely listenable experiments in sound.
Jen Cloher – Jen Cloher, 2017 A collection of lovely, starkly honest and underproduced folk rock ballads
Down the Road Wherever, Mark Knopfler, 2017. An album to die to if there ever was one. Thanks Mark.
Bloody Lovely – DZ Deathrays, 2018 Lots of screaming great tracks here.
Torches – Foster the People, 2011
Yes – Jason Mraz, 2014. Just lovely. This is ‘our album,’ and is dripping with romance/
Matangi – M.I.A., 2013 A humanised electronic masterpiece, sometimes with naive underproduction, full of musical color, rhythm, attitude, strength but also empathy.
Ninur – Savant, 2011 Savant had a few good albums early in the decade and this is the first so a good place to start. Musical genius superimposed on Dubstep EDM.
Bangarang – Skrillex, 2011 Blew my mind and redefined music
And of course….