4. Cults - Static
3. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
2. The Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law
Coincidentally, another friend linked me the video to This Ladder is Ours (embedded above) and I was entranced again. Ritzy (the "messenger of God") puts so much personality into her performance and the video's narrative, and there's so much power, energy, and movement in the video itself. I often retreat back to that music video like my own private sanctuary.
Wolf's Law is amazing but listen to everything by The Joy Formidable. It's all gold.
1. Dark Moor - Ars Musica
Personally, this is a powerful album. Listening to it has conjured images of knights and mages, and monstrous horrors that stalk the night. I've even created a series of epic stories in my head, based on this album alone, which I'd love to bring to life some day.
Ars Musica continues to inspire me, and it reminds me of a time when fantasy worlds like Magic: the Gathering, Shannara, and Warcraft were my private sanctuaries.
Honorable mention goes out to The Octopus Project and LAKE for bringing me to my happy place, Beats Antique for piquing my imagination, and daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra for making me feel like an unstoppable evil wizard.