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Albums of the year

2015 (The writers' choices)

It’s that time of year again – when we reveal the is this music? writers favourite albums of the year.

The Monochrome Set

Receiving loud and clear (Ten questions with Betty Mayonnaise)

The redoubtable Bid has been fronting the singular Monochrome Set since, oh my goodness, a very long time anyway.

The Mirror Trap

Silent Men (Words: David P Scott)

In 1971, eleven years after his death, ‘La Mort Heureuse’ (A Happy Death) by the French writer and philosopher Albert Camus was published.

The Callstore

Singin' in the wire (Ten questions with Betty Mayonnaise)

The Callstore has been plying his distinctive pop sound for some time now.

Rock N Roar

Andy Reilly (CreateSpace Independent Publishing)

If there was ever a year to be Scottish, it was 2014. From the Ryder Cup to the Commonwealth Games, it felt like the eyes of the whole universe were on the biggest little country on the earth.

Dominic Waxing Lyrical

Smart, but casual (Back from the ouback)

18 years on, Dominic Harris has re-emerged with his follow-up to his 1997 debut album.

Albums of the year

The writers' choices (of 2014)

It’s 4pm on Hogmanay, which seems as good a reason as any to exclusively reveal the is this music? writers’ albums of the year.


The Stakes Are High (The Dundee band's rise, and rise, with Betty Mayonnaise)

Already recipients of much photographic attention via David P Scott’s article earlier this year, Dundee act Vladimir have caught the eye of another of our correspondents

The Grand Gestures

Third time lucky (Jan Burnett on friends and family)

On putting together his series of Grand Gestures albums, mainman Jan Burnett seems to have an endless supply of vocalists to front the ever-changing ‘collective’

Boys to Men

The Mirror Trap Come of Age (Words and images by David P Scott)

There comes a point in the life of every creative practitioner where a decision has to be made on the future of their art.