First blog post for a while and seeing as I discontinued posting about songs and albums I've enjoyed so far I decided it was time for a list. As we are 6 months into this year and to be honest not nearly as many great album have been released it made things a little harder. But still here's my favourite 25 songs released so far this year.
1. Wasted Days - Cloud Nothings (Attack On Memory)
The first time I heard this track I realised straight away this was a definite favourite and I haven't looked back. The lyrics, the punkish vibe going with long drawn out interludes and the occasional screams make it amazing.
2. Give Out - Sharon Van Etten (Tramp)
This was one of the first songs I heard released this year and I haven't felt bored by it yet. Such a strong acoustic track with Sharon's unique voice and pretty lyrics making it a top track.
3. Listen To Us - Home Brew (Home Brew)
Its the voice of the New Zealand people in song, the lyrics are powerful, strong and honest while the samples make this that little bit more meaningful. (John key can suck my dick)
4. Open Your Heart - The Men (Open Your Heart)
Such a great noise rock track, seriously the album is kind of weird with its occasional country song. But this song is just noise rock with the band really turning a sloppy loud track into something cohesive. fast and frantic at times the song keeps it together to make it a track I really enjoy.
5. Blue Order/New Monday - The Brian Jonestown Massacre (Aufheben)
Such a massive closer to a great album, all kinds of greatness in this Psychedelic rock track. Anton Newcombe has certainly got another gem here with the retro sounds and overall beauty coming from it.
6. Oldie - Odd Future (The OF Tape vol 2)
It's not because of the triumphant return of Earl Sweatshirt (although that is nice) that makes this track a favourite of mine. It's actually the raps of the lesser members in the band, particularly Mike G and Frank Ocean (hes lesser in a rapping sense aight?). Everyone gets a go and while the beat is fairly simple it does allow for everyone to get their own and on the whole have a nice group of verses even if I feel like its barely a song for that.
7. To A Poet - First Aid Kit (The Lions Roar)
The track begins with the nice voices of First Aid Kit, almost haunting before it swings through into a powerful chorus with lyrics like "Though I miss you more than I can take and I will surely break. And every morning that I wake up there is the sake, but there's nothing more to it, I just get through it." brings together a strong chorus that lifts it above some great tracks on what is a strong folk album.
8. Don't Die - Killer Mike (R.A.P. Music)
The whole album is full of great R.A.P. tracks (yeah I did that) but this one pips them all. Strong flow and aggression with a nice beat that accompanies it. Whats not to like?
9. Be A Body - Grimes (Visions)
Grimes lovely scenic electronic music is always followed by such a beautiful voice which makes her tracks so nice to listen to. This one is no different and all in all she has the ability to mesmerise the listener throughout.
10. The Full Retard - El-P (Cancer For Cure)
This track isn't as explosive as others on the album, but to me its the best flow and beat, grooves for dayzzz.
11. Wishes - Beach House (Bloom)
12. Her Fantasy - Matthew Dear (Beams)
13. Monoliths - Lotus Plaza (Spooky Action At A Distance)
14. Come To Life - Ruby Frost (Water To Ice)
15. Evils Sway - Japandroids (Celebration Rock)
16. Destiny feat. Pional - John Talabot (fin)
17. Hustle Bones - Death Grips (Money Store)
18. Liqourice - Azealia Banks (1991 EP)
19. Odebear - Purity Ring (Shrines)
20. Pyramids - Frank Ocean (Channel Orange)
21. Alone & Stoned - King Tuff (King Tuff)
22. I'll Be Alright - Passion Pit (Gossamer)
23. Come On, Be A No One - The Cribs (In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull)
24. Hood - Perfume Genius (Put Your Back N 2 It)
25. Spiritual Rites - High On Fire (De Vermis Mysteriis)