And so to my favourite albums this year, which I’m doing in the order that I got them.

Delicate Steve - Positive Force
Delicate Steve – Positive Force

…and the first one isn’t even from 2015! Oh well…

I discovered this album via one of those down-the-rabbit-hole link-follows-link-follows-link trails that can easily happen when browsing the internet. It doesn’t really sound like anything else I have. Delicate Steve is a guitarist and this is almost entirely instrumental, but it’s an enormously warm and inviting record – a positive force indeed. His style of playing is unusual and almost astonishingly lyrical: he wrings such expression out of his guitar, he doesn’t need words to convey emotions – you can easily end up singing along with his infectious melodies.