Earlier this year, we compiled a list of our favorite songs of the year so far, a mid-year list. Since then, we've worried about how to handle said list when it came time to gather songs for the end of the year list. We've decided to exclude those songs from the end of the year list, and to never ever do a mid-year list again. That said, we corralled 30 of our favorites using Soundcloud playlists, jotted down a line or two about each song, and we are ready to share them with you. Today's entry is for songs ranked 11 to 20.
Check in tomorrow for our top 10, there's sure to be some surprises.
20. And The Echo — 'Smoke And Mirrors' - Moody synth pop from Mississippi band. You can almost see the disco ball glittering above the skating rink.
19. Holychild — 'Running Behind' - We never knew Brat Pop could be SO DAMN ADDICTING. Try listening just once. Just try.
18. The Twilight Sad - 'Last January' - Dark and unsettling tale from the perpetually miserable Scottish trio. Gloom, despair and agony on me never sounded so alive.
17. Adia Victoria — 'Stuck In The South' - Complex brew of blues, soul, and southern rock, fortified with piss and vinegar. Watchout Nashville.
16. Dog In The Snow — 'Concrete Wall' - Gorgeous and mesmerizing track from the Brighton based artist. We fall in love all over again with each listen.
15. Eternal Summers - 'Gouge' - Virginia trio's dreamy shoegaze track is straight out of MTV's 120 Minutes. They had us at shoegaze.
14. David Shayne — 'Plans' - California bedroom pop from Mr. Sulky Noise. He brightens up the gloom, but only with a lighter shade of gray.
13. Cayetana - 'Scott Get The Van, I'm Moving' - Philly pop punk trio melts hearts with their sorrowful tale of parting. It's a melody we can't resist.
12. Trust Fund - 'Reading The Wrappers' - Bristol DIYers serve up a slice of falsetto vocals, fuzzed up guitars, and gang harmonies. Is it too early to ask for more?
11. Hookworms - 'Radio Tokyo' - Leeds quintet's unhinged psych rock offering caught us by surprise. We love the slow burn of 'On Leaving' but the immediacy of 'Radio Tokyo' gets the blood flowing.