The Best Music of 2013 (So Far)

It’s been a bleak year for music. Not “bleak” in the sense that there hasn’t been any good music. On the contrary, 2013 – only halfway through – has already outstripped both 2012 and 2011 in quality of albums (and quantity of those albums, too). I mean “bleak” in the sense that somebody needs to

Will’s 25 Favorite Songs of 2012 (Part 5)

5. Menomena – Pique “You’re in my bones and you’re in my teeth/imperfect form from imperfect seed.” Lyrically,  Menomena’s “Pique” is the darkest cut on this list, a seething litany against a failed upbringing (a theme that runs the length of the song’s album, Moms). Musically, it’s not much brighter: a somber organ drone introduces the

Will’s 25 Favorite Songs of 2012 (Part 4)

10. Two Door Cinema Club – Next Year Some of the songs on this list have so much staying power because they excellently fuse joy and melancholy. Take “Next Year,” the opening track on the British trio Two Door Cinema Club’s second album. On their own, the lyrics have a despondent, wistful feel to them:

Will’s 25 Favorite Songs of 2012 (Part 3)

14. Animal Kingdom – Strange Attractor Speaking of songs that would rule the airwaves in another world, there’s “Strange Attractor,” the lead single from Animal Kingdom’s second album. This one checks all the boxes: a quiet, restrained verse with an emphasis on the little details (a muted guitar ticking like a clock, the bass slipping

Will’s 25 Favorite Songs of 2012 (Part 2)

19. Frankie Rose – Know Me Brooklyn singer Frankie Rose isn’t so much interested in reviving the 1980s as reproducing them, right down to the simple drum machines and the on-loan-from-The-Cure guitar line. Brief, dreamy, and sneakily danceable, all that’s missing is a John Hughes movie for this to soundtrack. 18. Bat for Lashes –

Will’s 25 Favorite Songs of 2012 (Part 1)

2012 has been a good year for music. I have yet to find a masterpiece, a magnum opus, a song or an album that stands above the rest and “defines” 2012 (for lack of a better word). In place of this, though, we have a line-up of some very solid music, a good showing from new