The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
PMA posting “Play By Play” as their #1 made me go back and listen to it because I kind of forgot about a lot of those early year releases. I’ve had it on repeat for the past few days, and it’s the reason I’m surviving finals week.
My slow brain thought the $400 question was The Black Keys. I should be shamed in some way.
Totally agree. He seemed to redefine his voice on this last album, and I think that moment is the climactic thesis statement.
Reall glad ya’ll decided not to not the typical route on this. I think lists like these, non-linear and personalized, become much more interesting and give way to more enjoyable discussion. Rather than getting tons of ‘this list is bs, blah blah blah is not even on it/needs to be higher/is too high/is not Yeezus/is Yeezus,’ people seem more comfortable to actually post their full thoughts, and we get to hear even more songs that we wouldn’t be exposed to otherwise. In spirit of that:
1. Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
2. Vampire Weekend – “Hannah Hunt”
3. Autre Ne Veut – “Play by Play”
4. Factory Floor – “Two Different Ways”
5. Diarrhea Planet – “Kids”
6. Rhye – “Open”
7. Majical Cloudz – “Turns Turns Turns”
8. King Krule – “Easy Easy”
9. Disclosure – “When a Fire Starts to Burn”
10. Parquet Courts – “Borrowed Time” / Fuck Buttons – “The Red Wing”
I split the last one because some will probably say Light Up Gold came out last year so it can’t be considered. And because I had hard time keeping off the massive hip-hop strut that is “The Red Wing.” Can’t say much as far as actual diversity goes for my songs, even though they each stand-out to me a ton. Hopefully I can catch up on all the rap of 2013 in 2014. As for my number 1, I don’t think a song has made me simultaneously want to cry my eyes out and dance my ass off like “Afterlife” did. AF still has my heart by the balls.
The Knife! The fact this isn’t on the list is probably the most surprising to me.
Fiona Apple y’all
It’s always changing, but Sgt. Peppers is the one I come back to the most. Such a cohesive unit played on that album. Also, A Day In The Life is possibly the best closing track on any album, ever.
Here’s Geologist telling how some of those transition sounds were made.
“…While mixing Centipede Hz, we were killing time at the studio by playing around with some synthesizer apps we just found, and it turned into a pretty long drone jam. I got hungry and wanted to tell the other guys we should get lunch, but I didn’t want to kill the vibe so while we were playing I quickly looked for a robot voice app that I could program to say ‘Who wants lunch?’ and started looping it until the other guys realized what it was saying. We ate shortly after, and later went on to use the same voice on the album and in the videos we’ve been releasing on our website.”
Wow, Wide Eyed into Father Time was one helluva transition. More please.