2010-12-26songs of 2010 it's time for end-of-the-year lists. here are some songs i liked from 2010 releases. in an order that makes a coherent playlist.
envy "last hours of eternity"
a track that makes me think of sunrises. i love the gentle opening buildup with spoken word that launches into an emotional outburst.
the dillinger escape plan "widower"
definitely the "ballad" of the album. i love how the song starts of jazz/lounge-y, giving no indication that it will transitions, rather smoothly, to vocal assault by the 4th minute. the band shows off their range.
gogol bordello "my companjera"
this may sound like an older track of theirs, but it's damn catchy.
the thermals "never listen to me"
a no-fuss song.
ted leo and the pharmacists "bottled in cork"
another no-fuss song. the official video is hilarious.
los campesinos "the sea is a good place to think of the future"
this youthful band shows some maturity with this track. the acoustic live version is nice.
xiu xiu "gray death"
the "pop" song of the album, in the sense that it's pretty straightforward, nothing too weird or experimental going on here.
how to destroy angels "the space in between"
dark, heavy, and slightly ominous...
diamond rings "wait & see"
... balanced by some cheezy synth-pop.
robyn feat. snoop dogg "u should know better"
robyn shows her sassy, tough-girl side. the snoop dogg collaboration bumps up the street cred a notch.
gorillaz "white flag"
a good mix of various genres, ranging from middle eastern orchestral to british urban.
peter gabriel "après moi"
amazing cover. the strings part in the 3rd minute kills it.
amphetamine ost "reunion"
another track with stringed instruments that is simply lovely. the part that starts at 0:11 makes me think of butterflies fluttering in the wind during a beautiful summer day.
final fantasy "lewis takes off his shirt"
when i hear this song, i am reminded of a video of an amazing live performance; worth watching until the end! (or skip to 2:38 when it starts to get a little crazy.)
yann tiersen "dust lane"
a new sound from this musician. there are parts of this track that make me think of 65daysofstatic.
65daysofstatic feat. robert smith "come to me"
i love the entire album as a whole. i pick this track for the playlist because it also features guest vocals.
massive attack feat. hope sandoval "paradise circus"
a chillout track. hope sandoval has such a lovely voice.
trentemøller "shades of marble"
perhaps the best new discovery of the year, for me.