What a year it’s been! These songs have really defined everything about 2012 and in years to come I am certain they will transport me back…
1. Waste of Wine by Light Giant [Free download here]
This song is without question my number one anthem of the year. Possibly the decade. It’s also the most played song on my playlist (74 and counting).
These guys are amazing. I can’t stress this enough. Utterly brilliant. Musical geniuses. Musical Gods if you will. They know how to make music that really just gets to you. It delights a part of me that nothing else can.
Not only that, they are seriously some of the nicest human beings you’ll ever meet. Well, two of them anyway (there’s one guy I don’t know, but I’m sure he’s alright too). I hold them in very high esteem. The two that I do know used to play in a band with my brother. As highschoolers, they spent every weekend and most evenings jamming in our garage and eating hot chips in the kitchen.
They used to play heavy music and it drove me mad. It drove everyone mad. It actually drove the neighbours out of their house. Not even kidding. They sold their property and moved out.
Over time their musicality morphed and evolved and the band grew up and splintered. And now, Light Giant is what’s left. So good.
2. Fineshrine by Purity Ring
3. Wondering Star by Poliça
4. Holdin On by Flume
5. Eve by Neulore
6. Hate to Say I Told You So by Mrs Bishop
Confession: I saw The Hives perform the original at Reading Festival. They are one of the best live acts I have ever witnessed. But I have to admit I still like this slowed down remix much, much more. Don’t hate me.
7. Sleepless by Flume ft. Anthony For Cleopatra
8. Carried by Mammals
I’ve only just discovered these guys after they were featured on Triple j. Seriously soul soothing. [Free downloads here]
9. Disparate Youth by Santigold
And three oldies by goodies to round off the list. Pretty sure my flatmates are all sick to death of these songs. In my opinion, they are heaven.
10. Heartlove by Alpine (Fishing remix)
11. Grand Optimist by City and Colour
12. How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep by Bombay Bicycle Club
Jonathan Boulet – We Keep The Beat
So, he’s not just on the list out of obligation. I’m really not that nice a sister. I do think his music is pretty sophisticated. He seamlessly weaves hidden messages between layers of gritty and refined music. I had to listen to his new album several a times, giving it my full attention, before I felt like I really got it. There are themes of death and dying and life and living. It’s actually pretty deep and a little depressing. Anyway, CHECK IT! [Stream here].