With all of these fabulous “best of 2012″ lists dropping left and right, I’ve been revisiting some amazing releases from this past year.
The thrashing guitar intro in song, “You Kill,” somewhat reminds me of my gritty pop-punk days but trust me, Nicole Yun’s vocals are way better. I love the slightly lo-fi quality, fragmented lyrics, and catchy rhythm of the entire song. From a DC native, it also warms my heart that they’re from the state of Virginia.
While I despise making year-end lists (for many reasons), I don’t mind commenting on some of my favorites of the year.
Beach Fossilscreate lo-fi guitar-line focused music. The lighter surfy riffs sometimes disguise the heavier content matter, but sometimes I like that. What makes their sound different and stand out is the rooted 80′s pop elements they have managed to blend.
Below is the music video they teamed up with Urban Outfitters to produce for their song, “Adversity.” I really like the shots in the forest and how they play with exposure and shadows with darkness and light. It feels like a collection of fleeting memories..
It’s Real – Real Estate Solid sunny, surf-rock. Like that alliteration? Listen to the first single off their second full length, Days, due out in late September.
Fall feat. Megan Washington – Lanu The beginning of this song reminds me of Greg Laswell…maybe it’s the piano? Anyways, that’s the voice of Megan Washington over producer, Lanu’s easy, classic sound.
Coming Down – Dum Dum Girls I’ll be the first to admit that I was never really into this band whenever I’d see their tracks floating around other blogs and sites. Their sound and my ears just didn’t match at the time, until now. “Coming Down” is a tragic-sounding slow burner. The guitar fuzz works well with singer Dee Dee’s strong, raw voice. I want to play this loud all throughout my apartment while I pack, of course on loop.