I’m really pleased to hear this, especially seemingly so soon. I loved The Year of Hibernation, which played like an album-length reminder that the anxieties of young adulthood are valid. This sounds like thematic and sonic maturity from what was one of my favorite records of 2011.
Posts tagged music.
- 6Bit Collective :.: Generataion Y Not compilation
- Best Coast :.: The Only Place
- Cat Power :.: Sun
- Chromatics :.: Kill for Love
- Clams Casino :.: Instrumental Mixtape 2
- Dirty Projectors :.: Swing Lo Magellan
- Divine Fits :.: A Thing Called Divine Fits
- Frank Ocean :.: channel ORANGE
- Grizzly Bear :.: Shields
- Japandroids :.: Celebration Rock
- Melody’s Echo Chamber :.: s/t
- Passion Pit :.: Gossamer
- Purity Ring :.: Shrines
- Sleigh Bells :.: Reign of Terror
- Solangé :.: T R U E
- Sufjan Stevens :.: Silver & Gold
- Swearin’ :.: s/t
- Waxahatchee :.: American Weekend
- Wild Nothing :.: Nocturne
- The xx :.: Coexist
And a top ten, chosen from the above, of course:
I tried to arrange these in some semblance of flow; they’re not in descending order of favoritism.
By my count, nine of these songs aren’t on Spotify; you can listen to them here:
- Born Gold .:. Lawn Knives (Teen Daze Remix)
- The Hood Internet .:. Exquisite Party (Beyoncé x Of Montreal)
- Clams Casino .:. Born to Die (Lana Del Rey Remix Instrumental)
- Caves .:. 1993
- Dreams .:. Don’t Care Bout Her
- Ghost Hands .:. Aching Eyes
- Clams Casino .:. Palace
- Chromatics .:. Into the Black (Drumless)
- Jay-Z .:. Glory (feat. B.I.C.)
Eight songs that were on my 2011 list were technically released or re-released this year, but I’ve left them off since I loved them last year:
- Frank Ocean .:. Thinking About You
- Best Coast.:. Up All Night
- Purity Ring .:. Ungirthed
- Purity Ring .:. Lofticries
- Purity Ring .:. Belispeak
- Abadabad .:. Park Slope (I’m Sorry)
- Abadabad .:. Indiana
- Santigold .:. GO (feat. Karen O)
If I did have to pick a Pazz & Jop-style top ten, the rough order would look like this:
- Usher .:. Climax
- The xx .:. Angels
- Chromatics .:. Kill For Love
- Jai Paul .:. jasmine (demo)
- Future .:. Turn On the Lights
- Frank Ocean .:. Pyramids
- Solange .:. Losing You
- Miguel .:. Adorn
- King Tuff .:. Bad Thing
- Tanlines .:. All of Me
I’ll post my favorite records of the year some day soon.
Solange :: Losing You
The xx :: Angels (via Fluxblog)
The general consensus on Coexist feels about right to me: more of a consolidation than a great leap forward. “Angels” is basically perfect, though; one side of the sort of conversation that requires trust and vulnerability. The arrangement - especially the wordless drum break - capture that feeling, and those emotions, without parallel.
Janelle Monáe :: I Want You Back
Live @ the Nobel Peace Price Concert, 2011
How did the internet fail to alert me that this existed until the Dean mentioned it in passing?
Why Usher and Lady Gaga and not Taylor Swift or Paramore? If the explanation is “We just like them better,” that’s unfortunate.*
*Pitchfork should definitely be reviewing Lady Gaga and Usher. I’m not complaining about this at all.
This. It feels like p4k is taking the easy way out by not covering pop-country / pop-punk / etc. The same goes for, say, covering tracks from Adele and not actually reviewingher records.