Woodpigeon – Thumbtacks + Glue (2013)

“Should have kissed you when I had the chance,” Woodpigeon bandleader Mark Andrew Hamilton sings on his band’s fifth LP, Thumbtacks + Glue. The band’s chamber pop aesthetics and Hamilton’s mild voice have always granted Woodpigeon a wistful, slightly melancholy sound, but Thumbtacks + Glue feels particularly personal: it’s an album that starts with Hamilton confessing, “You are

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 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