Albums of the year 2015: Part one

I usually post my mid-year and end of year album lists on my personal blog but it feels right to post them on Noble and Wild this time round. It’s a bit more music-y over here right now! So, here is part one (the first half) of an eventual Albums of the Year list.

The first six months of 2015 have been pretty great for music, both with big releases and with debuts. Here’s my list of 31 I’ve enjoyed so far (in no particular order) – bring on the rest of the year!

  1. The Charlatans – Modern Nature. My review on Louder Than War here.
  2. Kathryn Williams – Hypoxia
  3. Sara Forslund – Water Became Wild
  4. Evans the Death – Expect Delays
  5. Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter
  6. Graw!ix – Good Grief. My review on Louder Than War here.
  7. Alright the Captain – Contact Fix
  8. Dan Mangan and Blacksmith – Club Meds
  9. Menace Beach – Ratworld
  10. Tigercats – Mysteries
  11. Noveller – Fantastic Planet
  12. Twin Rivers – Should the Light Go Out
  13. Bjork – Vulnicura
  14. Quarterbacks – Quarterbacks
  15. R.Stevie Moore – Ariel Pink Picks Vol.3
  16. Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime
  17. Surf City – Jekyll Island
  18. Blur – The Magic Whip. My review of Blur at Hyde Park on Louder Than War here.
  19. Charli XCX – Sucker. My review on Louder Than War here.
  20. Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space
  21. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  22. Idlewild – Collect Yourself
  23. Wave Pictures – Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon
  24. Real Estate – Atlas
  25. Hayden – Hey Love
  26. The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
  27. The Twerps – Range Anxiety
  28. August Actually – The Forever War
  29. Emma Kupa – Home Cinema
  30. Desperate Journalist – Desperate Journalist. Read what I said about their video for Hesitate on Louder Than War here.
  31. Crocodiles – Boys.


Albums I’m already listening to / excited about for the second half of the year are from Mammoth Penguins, Haiku Salut and The Smoking Trees.

What did I miss? Leave a comment, Tweet me or tweet Noble and Wild.

Digital PR for Chris Helme

After promoting a couple of Derby shows in the last few years for him we’re really, really pleased to say Noble and Wild will be working with Chris Helme on his digital PR.

We’ll be joining Chris’ team to advise on digital PR, support on his social media profiles, lend a hand with all things marketing and promotion, and some things press enquiry.

For those of you that don’t know him Chris is the singer songwriter who first found fame as front man of britpop band The Seahorses, and is now producing acclaimed indie folk as a solo artist.

His enviable back catalogue includes ’90’s classics Love is the Law and Blinded by the Sun, from his time in John Squires’ post- Stone Roses band The Seahorses. But more than this it includes his solo albums Ashes and The Rookery, and his acclaimed works with The Yards.

Produced by Sam Forrest (Nine Black Alps) The Rookery was critically acclaimed on release in 2012 for its melody and imagination as well as the intricate three-way guitar interplay that brought each track to such lush, blossoming climaxes. With his keen ear for arranging and a voice which is getting better with time, the brooding string passages and delicate folk sounds make for a mix of light and dark which resonates deeply.

Chris is due to release a new album in 2015, led by single ‘You’re So Bad’.


Get music, find live dates and more at You can also like Chris on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

For management enquiries contact Kate at Magnificent Artists.

For bookings contact Leila at Adastra.

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