March 30, 2013
Q1: Slow nights, fast nights
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In no order, my Top Songs for the first quarter of 2013. I put on just one song by each artist, which was a serious task in some cases. Still, this has been a slow season. Not a lot of great records out. You can hear/see these tunes by clicking on the title...
Röyksopp (with Susanne Sundfør) Running To The Sea
Like a great novel, the first line draws you in... "I could hear them howling from afar / I saw them rushing to your car."
New Order Californian Grass
Everything I wanted from New Order on this EP. Shimmering.
Gold Fields Happy Boy
A surprise mid tempo twist from their debut LP. I love the mix of resignation and defiance in the lyric - and the violin laced into the end.
Little Boots Motorway
Literally perfect. Like a sleek bullet. Night driving music.
Young Galaxy Pretty Boy
This one immediately hits you with that rhythm that loops into your brain. And vocalist Catherine McCandless singing "You're my pretty boy, always" is the sweet spot.
The LA hipster sisters do it again. Except for the fact their show fucked up my ear LOL
Tegan and Sara Shock To Your System
How to choose a song from such a perfect pop album. This slayer gets it for the way the pounding "what you are is lonely" conclusion winds down to a lonesome piano.
Rhye Major Minor Love
Unknowns deliver fingersnap-beat smooth fuck music.
Johnny Marr New Town Velocity
As a friend said, it's like a lost Electronic song. A captured-in-amber memory of youth.
Fryars In My Arms
Swooning midtempo from an English dude. This song is a total earworm. Fans of Jamie Woon may dig his sound.
Frida Sundemo Indigo (Strings Version)
Her EP has several new tunes, but I keep sticking on this pure beauty (the studio version was in my Top Songs of 2012).
The Good Natured Lovers
Produced by Richard X, this is a serious blast of pop. Love the bitchy "shut up and fuck me" lyrics.
King Need a Woman by Friday (feat. Trombone Shorty)
Swaggering. Worthy of an 80's Brit group like Blow Monkeys.
Belinda Carlisle Sun
BC's first proper pop single in fifteen years. And it shines. Give her the right song and she knocks it the fuck out. More please.
Jessie Ware Imagine It Was Us
A perfect, seductive dance track. Jessie's imperial moment continues; she never gilds the lily, does she? She just is.
KING In The Meantime
The chorus! It reminds me of the heyday of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Justin Timberlake Strawberry BubblegumThe great songs on 20/20 are sublime, but it's just a bit overindulgent. I had a hard time picking between this, Blue Ocean Floor and Don't Hold The Wall. Ignore these lyrics and just vibe on it.
Slow Knights I Got It That Bad
Del Marquis gathers a collective of vocalists on his new LP, in this case Chrissi Poland on a sleek 80's rock/soul ballad. On the link above, play 1:45 - 2:15.
Active Child Evening Ceremony
Not an official single. The first new music we've heard since his debut doesn't alter the template much, but the result is nonetheless beautiful.
Worthy recent albums: Tegan And Sara (perfect), New Order, Slow Knights, Gold Fields, Frida Sundemo, Suede, Rhye
What's coming: Pet Shop Boys, Alison Moyet, AVAN LAVA, St Lucia, Haim, Little Boots, Young Galaxy, Autoheart, OMD
Disappointments: Hurts, Depeche Mode, Hurts. Ra Ra Riot, Hurts,