At this point, it's pretty much a guarantee that any time Tristen releases an album it's going to end up on my top 10 for that year. Aquatic Flowers landing at #10 just proves how great of a year this was for new music! Tristen has moved more towards the indie pop side of things from the more alt-pop-country of 2014's Charlatans at the Garden Gate (although looking back that album was quite pop, too). Aquatic Flowers is eleven songs of perfect indie pop. "Complex" is one of the best songs of the year, and I wish I wasn't already married because "Wrong with You" would be a perfect song to play at my wedding. How great is this album? It even has a fantastic song about being a new parent ("Julian"), which is a subject that trips up even the best songwriters into mediocrity. I assume most of our readers are already huge Tristen fans, but if you aren't you need to check this one out ASAP.
Songs of note: "Complex," "Wrong with You," "Die 4 Love," and "Cool Blue"