Sorry I'm a bit late with this one, but i hope you will give it a read!
Well, it took me a lot of time to persuade myself to do this. That's why I'm a bit late, cuz it's almost middle of february, as i present to you the list of songs,considered to be the best i have heard in the year 2007.
I have the list for the first time in september, but after reinstalling Windows i lost that list, was very depressed by that! So here i go once again,a different list,different time of year, but same passion put into this article! Have to admit, that some songs in my TOP 51 list were released in mid december,but i love em so much that i had to transfer them into 2007 :)
Ladies and gents, i proudly present to you my top 58 songs of the year 2007 58) God Is Astronaut - Sunrise In Aries
Never knew this band before, no one reccomended them, but turned out that this band are masters of their genre, maybe not as huge as Mogwai, but they have the balls. Sunrise In Aries and the rest of songs on the 2007-year album are very similar to russian post-rock band's music. Now i clearly where the inspiration came from! Sunrise In Aries, i love this song because of the calm beginning that leads into a powerful play at 0:56! Top stuff.57) Electrelane - To The East
This song is truly beautiful, the beginning is splending, it's so melodic and catchy as the keyboards set in! I'm not very into the vocals, guess i like this song so much just because of the top class instrumentality and that slight post-punk aroma that twirls around. 'Come back, come back, oh to meee'56) Bon Iver - Skinny Love
Too bad i discovered Bon Iver at the end of 2007! One of the few folk artist who have captured my attention this year! Bon Iver has a couple of decent songs on his album! When He sings, you can feel the emotions, the angst, the passion! Skinny Love is a classic, it has a kind of soul feeling to it! Love the chorus, with the 'i told you...' part. Come on skinny love, just lacing in.... Gosh, an emotional song, the beauty of it is kept within!55) YSPWSD! - Teenage Hit Wonder
Well, I have to say that this was my favourite song on the album in february, and i honetsly thought that their album 'Lose All Time' would be my No 1. this year. But time goes, new albums have been discovered! And this track is no longer their top for me! I am keen on YSPWSD! music, those freaky dance-punk songs are so 'IN'.
Love Beckie's voice transformations, especially when she hits the high notes,and the chior in back.This song is still great, but not a wonder no more! 54) Oliver Koletzki - Music From The Heart
So,as usual, as it was the year before, i have some Kitsune featured tracks on my top list. If i listen to dance music, then i listen to Kitsune's compilation. This year's volume 5 was amazing. Oliver Koletzki, some random Dj,who really made this song from the heart. A great tune to dance, a nice song to chill, a great track to put into the top disco songs of the year. The ending gives life to Simian Mobile Disco's 'Love', also a great one. But Oliver's track wins it.53) We Are Wolves - I Wrote Your Name On A Kite
We Are Wolves's new album is definetely a step forward. The previous LP was very challenging to me and i hope to you. This LP is much more eatable and listenable. The band have revealed many of their skills. I like the song 'Coconut Night'because of the ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT fell to it. But more i like 'I Wrote Your Name On A Kite' cuz of the nu rave feel to it. I imagine myself dancing like a freak to this song :) This one is an indie disco mayhem track :) It's very intense, plus the handclaps and the electro glitch noise makes it a very creative track.52) The Twilight Sad - Mapped, By What Surrounded Them
A bunch of scottish highlanders, called 'The Twilight Sad' came together and released a fucking amazing Lp, one of my faves this year. They play post-rock/shoegaze music that is excellent to the bone. What attracts me, is the scottish accent, damn, it goes so well with the heavy post-rock music the band plays. This track really is a mirror of the title. You can feel the pressure, the fear, when you hear the lyrics about walls and blades and windows. The band have a talant of creating atmospheric effects with their music, the beginning really shows that, the beginning is like a storm coming at you. 51) Calvin Harris - Disco Heat
Fuck, this guy Calvin really knows how to rock the party! But, The LP wasn't splendid, the great disco anthem songs were overshadowed by poor ones. Disco Heat was the first track i've heard, so this one is on my Pc for almost a year. Pure energy, the feet can't stand on the ground when you hear all those beeps and the 'oh oh yeahs':) Without any doubt, this is my disco anthem of the year, and the mainstream disco lovers will dig this for sure!50) Mooncake - More Oxygen, I Said
Fuck you all, russian post-rock is alive and blooming! You really might feel that this song is very similar to 'God Is An Astronaut's 'one! I Like this one much more! A fine bass line starts the song, as the song builds up pace, the musicians play more vigorously, the drummer puts a higher pace, then all the instruments get involved, then after a short break, the song turns into a monster, at 4:27 begins the best part! Rockin'mayhem baby, i told u fools, russian post-rock is alive! For more Mooncake stuff, just contact me!49) Black Kids - Hit The Heartbreaks
Knock Knock, who's there? The Black Kids's EP is an amazing one. I really had some trouble, picking out my fave track. But, 'Hit The Heartbreaks' is better than the rest! The Black Kids are considered to be an indie pop outfit, but this track is intense, makes u think bout powerpop. Plus, the singer sings at the top of his lungs. Just like LOVE IS ALL, BLACK KIDS are starting a revolution here, let's wait for their LP! They have the ability to put a smile upon your face :) 48) The Mary Onettes - Void
Just to let you know, The Mary Onettes are my favourite 80's revival band of 2007. Their sound is unique, and so in the past, while meanwhile they are so in, so fresh and new.
This song, called 'Void' is pure rock n roll, the chorus is the real prize winner. But on the other hand, i prefered the calmer songs on their album, that's why, i have 2 Mary Onettes song coming up in the charts!47) Feist - 1,2,3,4(Van She Tech Mix)
Again Kitsune, again a killer track, this time it's a mix by the famous aussie Van She :) Never listened to Leslie Feist before, but I have to admit, that her voice is very lovely indeed. Feist's voice + Van She's mixing skills together created this amazing dance track. Also a recomendation for all the disco party poopers. You can't go wrong with this song46) Justice - DVNO
DVNO, 4 capital letters, printed in glod.. bla bla :) The best track on the 'Cross' LP. As u have noticed, there was an invasion of french electro dj and bands this year. Justice were one of the most succesful and popular ones. The album is ok, not splendid though, that's why i chose DVNO as my fave track, because it includes lyrics, almost all the other songs don't. The track is funky and groovy and a bit sexy with an electroclash twist to it. The end is all bass guitar, baby. I really like that part, not very often u get to hear a 30 seconds bass line in a dance song.45) The Ponys - Exile On My Street
Exile On My Street was very high in my ratings in spring, but suffered a downfall at the end of the year. Dunno why, i guess my tastes have changed. The Lp is a good one, no doubt. And 'Exile On My Street' is short as a shock but sharp as a knife. It's only 2:20 long, but throughout the song, u can feel the intensity, the extreme, the danger. Not for nothing, The Ponys play psychedelic rock music. Exile On My Streer really sticks to their genre.44) The Field - Everyday
The Field - A Swedish DJ, who has released of the best techno/ambient albums of the year. The album was reviewed by Pitchfork and other music magazines, that's how people drew attentuon on this lad. Ordinary indie kids, who never listened to techno, started to give this album a spin. The result was astonishing, everybody digged his music. Me, too :)
Everyday is a long track, but it doesn't bore you, from the end to the start it goes and goes and goes. The sound takes you to another world, pure ambience and mind freedom. Certainly a feeling that only well balanced track can produce. A huge shout to THE FIELD, the one man who introduced the unintroducable to us.43) Germans - I Am The Teacher
So glad i have discovered this band. In the similar artist list, bands like Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. were written. Hell no, no way, The Germans are an indie pop outfit, a very creative one. I Am The Teacher is another one of those songs that bring you sunshine on a cloudy day. The lyrics aren't very sophisticated, singing about children, teachers and so on. But that's not what draws attention. The whole song is an indie pop frenzy :), shouts, poppy choir singing, and yet with an 80's flavour, so that's also a plus. 42) The Exploding Boy - Dazed
Post-punk, quality post-punk from music came from many Swedish bands in 2007. Cut City, The Mary Onettes, The Exploding. You know why The Exploding Boy lost to the others? The Lp really has a quite dreadful mainstream feeling, like on the Editors second album. Although some standout tracks are featured on the ablum. Dazed is great, nothing too wicked, simple post-punk music with the right vocals. The voice, yes, the voice draws attention. The Exploding Boy's music just like any other good post-punk revival band, throws u back in time. That 30 year gap never feels so long, thanks to good post-punk revival bands. If u haven't listened to the Lp, then you should give it a try.41) I Heart Hiroshima - Captain To Captain
Just Like the swedes, the aussies have come up with a couple of class post-punk acts, too. All in all, I Heart Hiroshima sometimes feels more alternative, not a plus, but anyway great music. Captain To Captain is a fast pace track, going wild all the way. The chick's vocals at the end are so punk, while the guy throws some garage punk spices into the song. So the end is the key part, but the song itself is a classic, so play the song till 2:00, and dig out the chick's singin'.40) The Dolly Rocker Movement - Gypsy Dancer
A huge thanks to my colleague jim_bomb
for introducing to me this wonderful psych/rock outfir from australia. Have to confess, that their previous record was much more psychedelic, while their 2007 lp is far more smoother, quieter and more mellow. But their last lp is better, but it was released in 2006. So i chose the song 'Gypsy Dancer' as the best out of the rest. It's quite long, but not bearing that in mind, the echoe singing and the whole psych folk atmosphere are really what i am looking for due to my recent love to psychedelic/alt-country music. So The Dolly Rocker's are my favourite outfit in that genre.39) Beirut - Cherbourg
Ahhh, good old Beirut. Loving his music from a to z, all his lp's and ep's are trully brilliant. So the 'Flying Cub Cup' Lp also an amazing masterpiece. Most people say that the first lp was much better, but i think that the folks just got use to his balkan folk music. So to my mind, the recent lp is just as good as the old one but not so east-european, u get it?
Cherbourg was in my top charts from the first day that i've heard it. I won't write once again about how talanter Zach Condon is, I'll just say that his deep voice in this songs, sounds sooo great. The horns, the harmonica, the xylophone play quite silently, while Zach sings dramatically fiercly (especially in the chorus). The song slows down at the end, so i am always concentrating on the beginning of this song. Once again Zach a did job. Cheers to Beirut.38) Okkervil River - Our Life Is Not A Movie, Or Maybe?
That's the question, maybe someone knows the answer? After listening to the song i still can't answer this question, all i can say this that the whole album would be much better if all the songs were somewhat similar to this fantastic track. As you all might have noticed, the voice, yes the emotional singing, a voice almost out of control lead this song into my top of the year. Overall the song is very beautiful, the choir, the piano are a plus. At some moments the song is a bit disturbing, but fuck that, never heard such stuff for a long time.37)The Whiskers - Felled Forest, Felled Boxer
As i remember i did introduce 'The Whiskers' to my group with this song, but i didn't get the awaited apllause for that. I understand you all, i hated this song at the beginning, but then i found something very special in it. The whole structure, the tension build up is insane. The Whiskers are a weird outfit, can't find much informtaion bout them on the NET. This song reminds me of Liars's weirdness that i have felt listened to their 'Drum's Not Dead' album.
Give this song a dozen of listens, feel the tenseness, as it rises up, hear the peculiar lyrics bout monsters, whores, apocalypses. Dammit, i fucking love this song for it's psych feeling, as the singer wails at the end creating a drone sound. Pure Madness out of control. The best music is always challenging, so i faced a tough challenge here.36) Maritime - Are We Renegade
Although the new record by Maritime isn't a perfect one, no wow's, no hit singles, but all the tracks are very well played. Here is one standout track that i would like to present : 'Are We Renegade', the track that has that ex-album feeling to it. As always i am charmed by the singer's voice, and the guitar riffs are in 'The Real Maritime's' style . I really worship their ex album, that's why this song is really close to my heart and ears. Enough said, Maritime's indie pop is a gem :)35) The Chromatics - I Want Your love
Fascinating, truly fascinating how the band's sound changed after a lineup change. Aquring Ruth Radalet was a key step that totally changed he band's sound and music genre. Now, the Chromatics play italo disco/indietronica music(the new lp is just like that), that's why they were featured on 'Italians Do It Better' compilation, that was full of goth disco tracks.
The song 'I Want Your Love' is a very beautiful one, and has a quite hasty pace. Ruth's voice is sexy, sexy and atractive. She sings without any stifness, the melody and her voice flow gently and silently in company with the lo-fi electronica music sounds. The whole song creates if i may a say a black and white atmosphere between hope and desperation. Ace stuff, love the melody here.34) The Vertigo - A-Song
'You can leave your heart here, you can leave your heart and so am i'.
Although this band is from Saint-Petersburg, they write pretty meaningful and soulful lyrics, backed up by quality drumming and indie guitar sounds.
Overall, 'The Vertigo' are a very popular group in the russian undergound music scene. I visited their gigs twice, and they rocked the house.
What can i say about A-Song? Well you can watch the official video at Last.fm. When i hear their music, i hear a mix of Franz Ferdinand's music with some of the standart brit pop bands, and Placebo's Brian Molko's voice. Yes i really feel that the singer's voice is similar to Brian Molko's . As a whole, The Vertigo are a great outfit, all of u foreign fellas will like em, i hope.33) Everything Is Made In China - Speed My Way
Once again i am saying these words : Russian post-rock is alive, bitches'. These are almost like the pioneers of russian post-rock. Everything Is Made In China released a stunning Ep in 2005, followed by an lp in 2007, which i got from the hands of their keyboard player :) They are amazing live, they are very pleasant guys. So as i was saying, a stunning Ep was followed but not such a stunning LP. Yes, not because it's bad, it was just not as post-rocky, far more instrumental and alternative. The Song Speed My Way was also featured on the ep, since then i have noticed it's beauty. I remember sharing the ep with my group,, many of u digged it. Speed My Way is truly a great track, so wonderful, beautiful, calm and tender. It's also more instrumental than post-rock, but after all a great effort by the band to record such stuff. The beginning sounds like the 'Twin Peaks' theme :) The song is like a touch of an angel, so soft and so neverending.32) Cut City - Such Verve
My favourite post-punk outfit of the year 2007 who were discovered in the same year. Saw the lists of the top 10 Lp's of the year by the fellas from my 'INDIE POISON' group, where Cut City's album was mentioned in the top 5 by many people. Never thought that these guys were from SWE, cuz i thought they were another revival post-punk band from the UK, like The Departure. What catches my attention is as always the bass guitar, the bass guitar's solo is longer than the electro one. Big up to the Cut City guys for that! And the favourite part has to the 1:57......, where we can hear some decent singing. So there we have it, Cut City's Such Verve is at number 26, p.s this is not the best song on the lp :)31) Pooma - If May Starts Tommorow
Just Like Everything Is Made China's song, this one is also a very deep, and beautiful instrumental masterpiece. Only in this case, the vocals are by a woman, who's voice is very similar to somebody..... somebody i can't remember. And on the other hand, Pooma are a shoegaze outfit, and hey hail from Finland. Certainly a huge discovery for me this year, a solid LP by them, that i can share with the others is in my music collection!
This song really reminds me of Larsen's song 'Mother', and almost every other italian post-rock song. The melody is like a winter breeze, meanwhile the chorus is very vital, like a blooming spring flower. This song feels so close to nature, therefore i can not finish this comment without saying again how charming this song is.30) Passions - Emergency
Say Hello to Kitsune once again, this time say hello to Compilation No. 4 :) Mentioning that i'll say that this song rocks my socks for almost half a year. Passions were a new wave band in the 80's, but now it's a New York DJ, who mixed their song 'Emergency'. Fuck yeah, I'm loving how the bass guitar trebles at the beginning. Any other bass players might feel jealous, listening to that line. And i so fucking dig the explosion at 1:25. Amazing rough electroclash furiosity that will make u sweat :) Funky shit by the NY DJ, huge props to new wave and post-punk mixing Dj's! 29) Letters Letters - Everyone's Afraid Of Fear
Now this one is special, i even can't remember how i found this one, but it's totally amazing. Letters Letters are really undiscovered, hope this song will open your eyes. They play experimental music that may remind you XIU XIU's experimentality and shattered voice, HOOD's sound but with more tension, WOODS's lo-fi guitars and GANG GANG DANCE's percussion. A perfect mix, heh? This one is an amazing song, it's a spooky one, makes me think of Carla Bozulich and Beach House, cuz are also spooky to me.
Really nervous guitar sound in the beggining is followed by a lo-fi electro sound and a percussion beat. An avant-gardish brainfucking song, the weirder the better!
'The unicorns have left their homes, everyone's afraid of fear'28) Jens Lekman - Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo
Whoooo,,, now this is fun :) Earlier i thought that Jens is only good for singing depressing songs about how some random indie chick dumped him. But this song is so gooood, so happy so cheerful. Go Go country people, the city is no longer the place to be. So everybogy grab your bags and head off to the countryside!
The saxophone play is ace, i guess it's Jens's job! The lyrics are a bit funny, optimistic, but it's the truth! Singing about happy country people, how good is to live in the countryside makes u wanna get away from the dull megapolis and be simple, having fun, singing along to this song by a campfire.
Another great moment, when Jens picks up the pace, singing faster and faster , almost as if he is tongue twisting :) Aaaah, good old Swedish countryside.
Girls remember, as the russians say : 'Eating cabbages will help you to grow bigger boobs' :) 27) Black Lips - It Feels Alright
Also a dicovery for me this year, makes me wonder how did i miss all these years! Maybe just the bands with their band names, featuring the first word 'Black' were a norm to me :) Black Moth Super Rainbow, Black Mountain, Black Angels,Black Wire, all of em were medium to me. But I have never listened to garage punk music, i mean native US garage punk :) This garage punk music is different, when i hear the singing, i imagine some fucked village redneck punk with a couple of missing teeth and not clean clothes :) yes, these are my imagination, that's why i would tag Black Lips's music as 'dirty garage punk'. Unique music, coo clucks clan for life, bitches :D p.s the whole 'LOS....... album' is a great one, so it was hard picking out the best track26) Deerhunter - Like New
Deerhunter made so much noise this year, in terms of music and in terms of awkward acts on stage and weird press releases! The LP, well i liked one comment at www.cokemachineglow.com
, where the reviewer said 'that the music is so noisy sometimes that u aren't able to hear Brandon's voice' So Ep as i felt was a much cleaner effort. 'Like New' is brilliant, Brandon's singing skills really show off here, that's a pleasant surprise, huh? The song is short, could have been longer. The beginning starts with a couple of creepy sound effects, i hear a frog, water, insects, as if we are near a pond :) The drone is slightly weak, but enough to add an experimental feel :) All in all that's what i really excepted from an Ep hit by them, they did really improve.25) The Handsome Furs - The Radio's Hot Sun
Greg Boeckner, i guess he decided to show everybody that not only Spencer Krug can come with creative stuff, so he cooperated with his fiance, and recorder this very very interesting piece of art. Wolf Parade's music isn't as electronic as the Handsome Furs's :) But anyway, it's cool when you get to hear an acoustic guitar,combined with synth sounds! The songwriting ,the lyrics are magic, very close to Spencer's skills. Both Spencer and Greg write the sickest song ever, i am very keen on hearing songs about three legged animals and people living under water :) The Radio's hot Sun? fuck can u understand that? that's the key, it's all magic at the end, Mr. Boeckner, a true artiiiist extraordinare!24) The Tutts - K
Who Are The Tutts? Well mates, ask that to question to thisisdanni
! She's the one..... she's the one who hooked me up with this kiwi punk band! The Tutts have 3 great songs in their bag of recordings :) all they have a post-punk or kiwi punk feel to em, amazing music movement, u better watch out for kiwi punk bands :) The guitar riffs on 'K' are so rockkkkkkk, and the whole itself is a kiwi punk anthem. I was quite surprised when i saw em at YOUTUBE, many members of the band are in their late 30's :), they must be young in their souls :)
This song is reccomended to all aussie post-punk lovers, New Zealand has got some great stuff coming up23) Pull Tiger Tail - Ace song by a very ace band.... Ain't got much more to say!
22) Interpol - The Heinrich Maneuver
So how are things on the west coast? Pretty fine heh? My buddies Interpol, are at place No. 17 with their overplayed hit single! As i said a billion times, Interpol were the ones who inspired me to discover the whole indie music sphere! The Heinrich Maneuver is similar to Obstacle 1, that's why i feel extra love to this song! Whoo, at 2:27, wonderful guitar play, pure finesse! Paul sings brutally at the end, with the word 'brutally' i mean that never heard him sing like that, on the past records he just sang his songs, without any extra emotion. Hi kicks off fluently, at dmedium pace, till he gives it all at the finish :) My God!
People tend to say tha this album is pure crap, well i don't think so, i will admire Interpol till the end of time. Yes, maybe the music is simpler, yes, maybe much radio friendly, but no one can deliver the music that Interpol!
21) Cut City - Numb Boys
Coming up strong at 16, are my beloved post-punk swedish outfit 'Cut City'! Their best song on the album, that wasn't called 'best' by me for a while! Well, what i can, people changes, tastes change, but good music lives on forever. 'Numb Boys' is filled with meaning, not the ordinary bass guitar elegance and a funky beat. This one has some sense, only the song is a riddle. I feel there is something in it, even the title points out. 'There are places for people like us', 'altough should be wiser' hmmm, guess it's the the present generation, well I'll let you do the job and tell us what is the song about. As i said, a funky beat, juicy bass line and electro guitar sounds, plus a riddle! Good job by Cut City!
20) Land Of Talk - All My Friends
I was so hyped when Land of Talk appeared with their EP, it was Cheer and Apllause for me, no Boo, no Hisses! Now, well, uhmm, i guess i have overlistened them a bit! The band has talant, soild indie rock music, the female's voice is similar to Metric's! They are all canadians :) 'All My Friends' still remains their best effort for me, the one track that i didn't get bored with! Lovin' the lyrics : 'Fucking Around, pretending there's a problem, figure it out'!!! Powerful drum hitting, total solide guitar sound, punky vocals by the girl! Too bad that no Lp is recorded by them, but let's hope for the best!
19) Sunset Rubdown - The Taming Of The Hands That Came Back To Life
As usual, Spencer comes up with great song titles! And as usual he beats his fellow lad mr. Boeckner, but not by much this time! Spencer Krug is my hero, i am truly amazed by him, he plays everything, and everything that he plays sounds so well, his writing skills are totally pro, the man has a very well-rounded imagination!
I'm currently giving a go to another of his side project, the band 'Fifths of Seven' where he teams up with some chick from 'The Pink Mountaintops', he plays the piano, so it's a post-rock/instrumental band!
'Random Spirit Lover' is wickeeeed, full of emotions, full of alchemy, magic creatures and passion!
Ahhh, the start has that medieval sound, that is followed on by a beautiful ladies voice, that takes u more away to the imaginary land where brave swordsmen fight fire breathing dragons! Feel the passion, the emotions in Spencer's voice, he is gifted from above! Experimental/ medieval folk insanity! That 'Pararam, pararam, pararam' part is another one of the million key moments. Overall the most interesting song of 2007, well, not in the top 10, but anyway, huge respect to Sunset Rubdown!
18) Dappled Cities Fly - The Eve, The Girl
Aussie indie pop band : Dappled Cities, or Dappled Cities Fly are known by me as a band who released a stable album this year! Each song was a winner, well if not a winner, then a bronze medalist :) Serious, many great songs are featured on their LP. 'The Eve, The Girl' stood out for me, nice crooning vocals with mellow guitar play have created this great song. What cathced my ear, was the indie pop beat, but the lyrics are like : 'Your father was a useless man,and he, would one day have a useless son of his own' now tell me how does that work? The Decemberists have always sung bout bastards, poor and used girls, bums, but here we have this pretty happy melody with a rather unhappy core. So a complex composition by these aussies.
17) The Mary Onettes - Henry
Oh, Mary Onettes, they are so 'in' in my charts! Can't remember loving so many songs on one album! Why is the song 'Henry' better that Sunset Rubdown's effort? Well I'm liking more the 80's revival bands that medieval themes, if i was a Harry Potter fan, maybe Sunset Rubs would have been at No.1 :)
The track 'Henry' amazes me with it's beauty, that 80's feeling never felt so close! They really sound like an 80's band, they have that 'Factory record label' sound! When i think of this song, i think of the 80's , of a black and white scene, think of France and a mime clown :) This is how far my imagination goes! The acoustic guitar sounds so sweet and tender, and the voice is incredible. Makes u feel like the guy is singing only to you, feels like the song is somehow dedicated TO YOU only!!! Makes u wanna be close with your beloved one! And the synths give an extra romantic feel :) So this is probably he best love song of 2007!
16) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Berlin
I don't know why Berlin, but i don't care about the title, but i do care about this fucking amazing track. 'Suicide teasing, what happened to the revolution?'
Hell yes! Although, i like BRMC's alt-country songs, that they made on some of their previous albums, and i love their 'Weight Of The World' song, which is so high strung! But after listening to the new Lp, which was tagged as 'worse than the previous ones' and after hearing these rock n roll tunes i went totally mad. Don't give a care that is album is mainstream, cuz this track right here is really pure rock n roll. Therefore i started to listen to BRMC much more when i heard their rockin' rock tunes.
I was at this disco once, where i begged the DJ to put this track on, he didn't put it on, saying that it is 'dull' , fuck him :) No.11 without doubt, Berlin by BRMC
15) The National - Brainy
Oh i love this band so much, and very bad that i didn't come down to Moscow to attend their gig, i only heard that the tickets... well they were not cheap. Quality products are always expensive. And where the hell can you find such a quality indie folk/pop band like The National? You know, their strenght is in writing deep and meaningful songs, that's what they have showed on their album 'Boxer'. The album is my No.1 in 2007, it's definetely a concept album, a whole story put together,using simple techniques. Acoustic guitars create magic sound when they play, and of course the singer, the singer is a gem, i'd give him an A+ for his songwriting and the way he perfoms the songs is ace.
The band chose to make this Lp much calmer. The 'Alligator' Lp had this 'Mr. November' song, well it was a rockin'one, but the 'Boxer' LP is all about emotion in the ocean. In the song 'Brainy', pay attention that the drums are louder that the guitars, u can hear that on many of songs on the Lp. It's a simple song, but it has a pitiful vibe, it's probably about criplled love. But i like it the way it is,, simple but elegant
14) Band Of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You
9 times out of 10, a band's sophomore album is worser than the first one. In this case i could argue a bit! Band Of Horses have put together a fantastic album, with a couple of unforgetable tracks. The one that i am writing about now leaped quickly into my favourite tracks list. What i really like about this song are the jingling bells at the start. This song is my alarm tune, beautiful sounds float around during the track. Once again i have to say, that the singer's singing is really special. In Band's Of Horses case, the singer's voice is very childish, as if a young alumni is singing like an angel. Very interesting voice indeed :) Also this is one of the best love songs heard by me in 2007. The bells are jingling during the whole track, and simple guitar chords back up the vocals! I have one word to say : charming love song! Guys guys, never let your women down, love them, care about them, always be near when they need you, because no one is going to love them like u do.
13) Blonde Redhead - 23
Dammit, this one kicks tons of ass! Randomly bought their CD, hoping to hear some experimental/psychedelic stuff, but i what i heard on the 2007 lp was far beyond extravagant. I don't know to which genre they stick to, i can only say that they are soooo avantgarde, so sexy, elegant, so hot. Huge props to Blonde Redhead, the album was a very valuable buy for me. The first song, '23', oh my, it's the prize winner, not the best on the LP, yes, but very close! So '23' is like an avant-rock track, or a 'newgaze' one, love the italian-japanese connection. The drumming is perfect, reminds me Midlake's 'Younf Bride', but the drumming is faster here, The 'La la la la la's' are wonderful,the synth is ace the whole atmosphere is so sexy. One of my buddies said that this one is a great track to fuck to :) Anyway, another Blonde Redhead song is comming up.
12) Calla - Defenses Down
Another great song from a truly amazing album. Never really liked Calla that much, but after their 'Strenght In Numbers' i decided that i should think twice! What i like about 'Defenses Down' is it's simplicity, just like The National's 'Brainy', the song is very simple, but it is so real, it gives you the goosebumps. Again, i fall in love with the acoustic guitar, the melody in this case is very well built, that's why 'Brainy' is a bit away here. The singer sings very gently, he is backed up by a smooth, almost whispering back-up vocal. 'Defenses Down' is also a song with something in it, the words 'some of them will tear you apart' point out that you cannot trust nobody today.... sad huh? Well it's the truth, so never leave your defenses down. In the end we find standart Calla guitar lines that close this brilliant song. This is one of those long lasting songs, for almost a year it was stuck in my mind, and will be there for a long time.
11) Enon - Sabina
I may be wrong, but i think that just like Blonde Redhead's lineup, Enon's lineup is the same. Two italian fellas and one japanese woman, all in their mid thirties play some fucking great music. Not like Blonde Redhead, Enon are more spicy, more freaky, more noisy, they rely on their guitars, that's how they create solid rock tracks, no sexy atmospehere is in sight :)
Sabina is by far their best song on the album.'Sabina' is not as noisy as the other tracks, it's a wired up short story, it's a fast pace noise rock track. I like the blast off at 2:17, when we hear 'She fainted in the sound'. It's a bit strange, i always wrote how i adore those fucking bass lines, yes, i do. And we have a quite fine one in 'Sabina', but this time it's the electro guitar that got me jumping, i guess the guitar player just knows hot to hit the right notes.
10) Blonde Redhead - Top Ranking
No thing as a top ranking, but so far so good :) Blonde Redhead once again, give em a round of applause :) The most wikced, extraordinary, avantgarde-ish, the most art-ish song on their album. If i said that to '23' you could have great sex, then 'Top Ranking' associates with art, i guess this song can inspire all those post-modern art freaks to draw an avant painting. The whole song itself is a piece of art, piece of art with that east feeling, with that japanese flavour. The singer has that japanese accent(i feel so), so that adds extra beauty. The song is like a dancing geisha, like a blooming sakura. Yes, there goes my mind, really i feel so obsessed with Japan when i hear this. The xylophone, calm guitar riffs, and again the drums, the drums as ace as in '23', so all of that gives that art feeling. Hooray for Blonde Redhead, a trio of creative artists.
'In Blonde Redhead Veritas' :)
9) The Twilight Sad - Cold Days From The Birdhouse
The Twilight Sad, ye old scottish lads :) Damn, just like Blonde Redhead's 'Top Ranking', this song makes me think about Scotland, about Scottish landscapes, the countryside, about whiskey :) This track is a really opener, a great track that consists of three parts. Well, in the beginning we have this wonderful easy melody with a rather hawaian feel to it, with some ticking. The melody really takes u away, gives u wings. The scottish accent is top stuff, really sweet when the singer hits the high notes. At 2:30, blaaast, brutal post-rock music kicks off, and the singer no more whispers lovely words, no he sings seriously. The whole noise around creates a worrying atmosphere, phew, a great change of tactics there. In the end it all calms downs, that's the third part, where we can hear some lovely harmonica playing. All in all,a wonderful track, lots of instruments involved and lots of scottish passion :)
8) Los Campesinos! - Death To Los Campesinos!
Ahhh, Good old, i mean good and young Los Campesinos! Well I don't have much to say about this track here :) it's the best i've heard by them, the ep is 4/5, but is 10 out of 10 :) Probably the catchiest shit i've heard this year :) Los Campesinos! are a bunch of art students who are an indie pop outfit! Grab some 'Life Without Buildings' mix em up with 'Love Is All' and pick some random brit pop band , and you will Los Campesinos music. From 'Life Without Buildings' they have this singing that almost feels like rap, from 'Love Is All' they have this sweet ladies vocal, and from an ordinary brit pop group they have these indie guitar sounds.
I even don't know how to say, why i like this song so much, well it makes my feet move, brings the mood up and many other positives emotions. There are some 6 or 7 people in the band, that why the song is full of different sounds, a very rich boquet of sounds :)
7) Interpol - No I In Threesome
Now this song is wicked, wicked in the way that i still don't know why did i put it in such a high position :) The trick is that sometimes it seems a very simple song indeed, but my love for this song shows when i am in a certain emotional mindstate. I think to myself that there is nothing more lovely than this tune, everytime i leave my hometown and my closest people :) Then this song feels so special, just like wow! Very beautiful, very elegant, like a blooming flower!
There's no 'I' in threesome indeed, but this song is not about groupies and stuff, it's much more 'higher'. Maybe yes, maybe it is simple, no ex-Interpol feeling to it, it doesn't challenge you that much, but fuck that, it's amazingly beautiful! 'Life is wine' - my favourite lyrics from this song!
6) Life Without Buildings - The Leanover
Way too late i discovered this scottish outfit, way too early they decided to split :) A Boo Hoo for that, but tons of apllause for their LIVE AT THE ANNADALE HOTEL LP :)
This song is so different from all of their tunes, and different from everything i have heard in some time :) As usual i fell in love with that scottish accent, and then i fell in love with the indie pop music with a post-punk twist! Life Without Buildings are a blend of bands such 'Kiss Me Deadly', and 'Love Is All'. I Love the way Sue Tompkins sings here, the singing manner reminds me of Art Brut's Eddie Argos and Kasabian's lead singer who tried to act as a rap star in 'Processed Beats' :)
This song is a deluxe edition gem, form 0:15 till 1:30 We hear a kind of light rapcore music :) Sue doesn't just sing, she just chaoticly picks out words from her head :) Man she's so wicked! This song is mu favourite revolutionary track of the year!
5) The Acorn - Heilrooms
Ahhh, canadian mountaintops, pure rivers, green forests, foggy and chilly nights, oh Canada... I really want to visit Canada, i want to see it's beauty with my own two eyes. This song 'Heilrooms' makes me think of Canada, interesting huh? And this track here is by far, by really really far the best effort by them. Was dissapointed by their LP, meanwhile the EP is a piece of gold! Not only this song sounds of canadian beauty to me, but also of families, children, heritage and so on. Therefore these words here 'The family jewels u've put under the knife' are sooo real, and these words here 'Sometimes treasures found are treasures best left hidden' are very emotional, this song overall is very sad, very sad but real at the moment. No wonder why folk music is called 'alive' , folk musicians sing about what they see, therefore their music is alive, it isn't made out of nothing!
I really wonder why this song isn't at least in top 5 listened overall tracks by The Acorn? Doesn't anyone give a fuck goddamit? Open your eyes and wash your ears with soap :) Heilrooms, Heritage, pride, honour, respect, relatives, love, peace, life, retirement, grandchildren, funeral, silence :(
This song has so much great words, it's amazing how the writer came up with this one! I love the 5:30 part, where some loud singing comes into action, but the song as a whole is pure talant, a simple acoustic guitar plays for 5 minutes, but it is so wonderful, i can't find even words in my native language to describe what i feel when i hear this song.
Also this song reminds of the movie called 'I'm Not Here' about 60's folk music, there will be a day when we all will be not here. So my message to all of you is : family - is the real life's treasure! Everybody grab some flowers and visit the grave of your beloved relatives who by some reason didn't make till today :((( Peace and Love To All of You
4) The Mary Onettes - Still
Looking at the description on Acorn's Heilrooms, everybody must think how come i didn't put em at No.1? I don't know folks, i am an egoist at sometimes and i don't pay enough attention to my relatives and i quite rarely visit the grave of my brother :(
Ok let's move on, the bad times have to be left behind!
Acorn's Heilrooms show the power of life and death, while this song shows us all the power of love! Never ever thought this one would make it so high! The excellent 80's revival track of 2007 for me, of course! 'Still' is so excellent, so well rounded, and so easy listening, a pity that it is a bit short. Wonderful singing skills by the vocalist, so this stands out for me due to the quality singing, + the meaningful lyrics and + the chorus background melody, it's so warm and so gentle! I like sunny songs a bit better then the desperate ones, that's why Mary Onettes's track 'Still' is still one of the best songs i have ever heard! I Still love it, and i still love my girl, and i still believe that everything will be alright! The best part is the 2:15.... whoooo, it's like a rollercoaster ride, as the singer hits the high notes, and he does with magic elegance!!! A truly 'one to hear' track
3) Love Of Diagrams - The Pyramid
Oh oh oh oh no..... :) goddamit, post-punk has become my favourite music subgenre in 2007! god knows why, but i fucking love it. Swedish post-punk is a great choice, but aussie post-punk music by Love Of Diagrams is a real killer, it's proper late 70 - early 80's underground post-punk music! They sound like the late 70's :) fuck, thanks heaps tp this band. As you know they made a cover of PYLON's 'Cool' track! So here we have, they have been influenced by these kind of 'dirty' post-punk outfits!
Raw bass guitar soundbites, juicy electro guitar sounds :) oh my fucking god, this song is post-punk heaven in all of it's meanings :) The 1:57 - 2:05 part , check it for some guitar madness!
I also adore the beggining, and the singins which is followed by the bass, so that means, plenty of bass solos here, which is a plus!
The lyrics don't amaze me, what amazes me, is the style of singing and the whole rockin' drive! The Pyramid, The Pyramid, oh oh oh oh no :) This song fucking rocks, it's double good!
2) Model Reign - Never Show Your Weak Sides
Coming out strong at #2 is a local post-punk outfit hailing from Russias north capital - the one and only Saint Petersburg, hell yeah. Saint Pete's undeground music scene isn't very huge and developed, but some artists have got something to say. Model Reign - one of the few Saint Pete's outfit, who are known to play some true post-punk music. It was so funny when my friend from my group at uni, who is an aspiring drummer, said that Model Reign's drummer is his friend :) so you see how small is the world! And me and my drummer pal will visit their upcoming gig tommorrow(today is the 18th of february 2007) , damn i am totally stoked, can't wait to see them play this awesome track.
As usual, russian bands don't usually sing wicked and sophisticated songs is english, no huge meaning in the words, but they really show some amazing guitar play. Poor quality of the recording, this band hasn't got an EP, but we all hope they will record it.
Model Reign, ahhhh,, excellent stuff. The beginning is ace, the bass , the electro really do some quality team work! 'Better better better, you're doing it so much better' :) these simple lyrics will be shouted by a dozen of indie kids tommorow at the gig!!!
Guys i really need your opinion on this track, cuz i think it is a 10 pointer!
Also i have an evil plan of somehow persuading them to play a gig in Latvia!!! Wish me luck, right now it's just a dream!
1) Performance - Surrender
My #1 since february! I wrote 'Performance', not '(We Are) Performance' because their old version of the song has got more drive, it get's me all psyched up a bit more!
Enough said i think,,, i hope you all enjoyed reading this article!!!!
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