2012 Music Highlights

It dawned on me tonight that I hadn’t heard much new music this year, aside from a dash of Triple J streaming every few months. Besides perennial favourite Triple J, I usually turn to Pitchfork Magazine for trustworthy introductions to good new music. Fast forward three hours and below are my highlights of Pitchfork’s highlights for Aug-Nov 2012.

  • Autre Ne Veut: “Counting” [melodic electro hiphop]
  • S-Type: “Billboard” [instrumental hiphop somethingorother]
  • Angel Haze: “Werkin’ Girls” [rap] Note, the link will download an mp3. Profanity warning.
  • Philip Glass: “73 – 78 (Beck Remix)” [instrumental lo-fi/experimental]
  • Tame Impala: “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” [synth alt/psych rock]
  • Crystal Castles: “Wrath of God” [electro/goth/synth rock/trance/what? whatever it is, it is good]
  • Still Corners: “Fireflies” [alt synth pop] Note, the link will download an mp3.
  • Susanne Sundfør: “White Foxes” [alt dark electro]
  • Bat For Lashes: “Marilyn” [ethereal synth]
  • Jay-Z / Kanye West / Big Sean: “Clique” [rap/hiphop] Note, scroll down the page to find the play button…
  • Sky Ferreira: “Everything Is Embarrassing” [alt pop] Note, the link will download an mp3.
  • AlunaGeorge: “Your Drums, Your Love” [moody electro pop]

Swans’ “Mother of the World” felt interesting at the time but I am unlikely to listen to it again, ever. But go listen to it once if for nothing else but to appreciate the subtlety amidst the monotony.

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Suren Gunatillake

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