Wye Oak- On Luxury: From the in-between album this dreamy atmospheric track really has an addictive quality. Meaning I keep going back to it. It is in many ways a typical Wye Oak song wonderfully ambient, clear yet sort of murky. On Luxury is another must listen from the band which celebrated their 10th anniversary this year.
Night Verses- Night Verses A Dialogue in Cataplexy: What to add to my write up about the first single of July’s LP release? Nothing really except it is a daily listen and was for all of 2016.
KT Tunstall- On My Star: Off her latest record this one comes, but unlike the majority of the album it is one of the less energetic numbers, it is still hopeful and happy though. At its centre is a magical vocal singing about the one person you’d take to a new planet. It is a lovely love song that is the sweetest of instalments.
Flock of Dimes- Ida Glow: Here is the second entry from the top Jenn Wasner this time from her latest solo outing. This is the umpteenth time I have written about this number so it is safe to say it deserves a spot on this list. Plus it had a hand in making it one of my albums of the year as well.
Peggy Gou- Gou Talk: This was one hell of a decision as all her work was fantastic with the latest release Seek for Maktoop is Acid House perfection. Eventually deciding by shuffling the EP it landed on Gou Talk. It keeps you locked in with a familiar pace and beat all the way until the last millisecond, the small hooks throughout are embellishments of brilliance. Gou Talk is a clinic in not only electronic house music and beat placement but creating music that is legitimately special.
King Creosote- Love Life: Stunning, spectacular and sublime. Are three words that describe this recording. It has great vocals with the additional/layered ones really adding a characteristic akin to most pop hits, it is really, really singable. Both in the shower or out in public not many songs have that effect on me. Plus King Creosote penned one of my favourite lyrics, “Her jealous accusations know no bounds, Scarlett Johansson was never in my house”.
Nina Diaz- Screaming Without a Sound: Can you be hooked on a song after hearing a 15 second clip? Yes. This track proves it. I was obsessed with it ever since the clip was released as a teaser in her Facebook page. So when I eventually got my ears on the full version I was not disappointed, with its deeply distorted hard rock guitar melded with Diaz’s reverbed/breathy voice that explodes in the choruses there is too much to mention. Let’s just say it is one of the most sonically interesting expeditions from the past 12 months.
WHITE- I Liked You Better When You Needed Me: A constant throughout the year ever since I heard them for the first time live earlier in the year. Cuts That Don’t Bleed was amongst my favourite releases and this pipped the other WHITE tracks by the closest of margins. Within the 3:11 run time there is a riff to die for, vocals to admire and music to groove to all in one place. It is art-rock Glaswegian gorgeousness that deserves to be in your ears as much as it has been in mine.
George Cosby- Glamour: Gothic, darkly moving grand art from the up and coming artist. I was immediately fixated with his voice as you’ll be after giving it a listen. Musically it uses strings, piano and a strong bass to underlay the one of a kind voice that is at Cosby’s disposal. Music that I found late in the year but made it’s mark none the less.
All Them Witches- Bruce Lee: A first highlight from the up and coming fourth album Sleeping Through the War out 24th February 2017. Which is as you probably guess is atop my most anticipated releases list. Anyway the single is more rocky than psychedelic this time around, with the psychedelia is more in the vocal effects instead of the music. Lyrically it is rather disturbing with it getting a tad stalkery “I follow you home for no reason, Nothing there reminds you of me, I follow you back to sleep for the second time this week”. Also to end the chorus is a great two beat blast on the Rhodes. I love it.
Warpaint- The Stall: This list was originally going to be 10 songs but I couldn’t leave some off and this was one of the two extra songs. A fresh take on ‘indie’ music with the stupendous heads Up album. With all the great recordings that make it The Stall has something that I gravitated towards, it isn’t really different from everything else on the album I just love the musicianship vocal arrangements and the flow of the overall number. There is a place for it amongst this end of year list.