14. LIGHTNING BOLT
They are in a genre of their own called, freakin' loud! For some, this may be a song better to see live than hear on record but regardless there is no noise like this. My boyfriend brought me to one of their concerts when I had mono; As painfully exhausting it was to watch, I don't regret it. This song particularly brings out the extreme darkness created from slams and shrills.
13. YEA BIG KID STATIC
"STOMP THE PEDAL"
Chicago Hip Hop duo's electronic and futuristic beats are all over the place, it's amazing Yea Big can keep up with what Kid Static's putting down. What's most impressive is the juxtaposition between the lighthearted and raw spirit.
12. BLACK FEELINGS
"ETERNAL BAD TRIP"
Abrasive, repetitive, psychedelic noise from Montreal that draws the listener in, demanding more. Despite the track's raunchy, and standoffish sound there's a slight clash of 60's jangly soul protruding throughout.
11. CAMERA OBSCURA
Seems as though the song could be straight off of a classic 1950's female pop-rock album next to a Chordette's or Marvelette's record yet feels just as modern as anything else released in 2009.
10. A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
"IN YOUR HEART"
My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain inspired industrial thundering noise marathon from Brooklyn. Ambitiously makes any room to sound larger than it actually is.
9. ATLAS SOUND
Deerhunter's Brandon Cox creates ambient folk capable of putting one into a lullaby trance. So sweet, it rings with sadness.
8. WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS
"QUIET LITTLE VOICES"
First, that's one of the best band names to come out of 2009. Second, it deems to be one of the most energetic post punk to come out of Scotland this year, especially when touring with friends and distinctive influences, The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit. Although the track holds it's own alone, the band remains to fulfill everything you'd expect from the Scottish scene (such as A Sunny Day in Glasgow or even in a few ways, Camera Obscura): engaging, undulating, and passionate.
7. THE BOOK SLAVE
Connecticut twins, the Katz bros, are far, far ahead of their age and the times. Their My Bloody Valentine influence infused with lo-fi punk makes for haunting noise and intensely sincere lyrics. The minimalist, drummer-less two-piece proves you can be loud even when you're brilliantly simple.
6. ELVIS PERKINS
"Ash Wednesday" certainly took the cake over "In Dearland" for me - except for this one track. I am a sucker for any tune beginning with singing birds, flutes, or lullabies only to dramatically shift into a dark, nostalgic tone (such as last years' "Son of the father" by Fucked Up). "Shampoo" is a perfect folk companion to any misery.
5. GRIZZLY BEAR
This song is unescapable whether your a Veckatimest fan or not. I was in a McDonalds bathroom at a Rest-stop off of I-95 and this is what was blasting over the loudspeaker. It's just one of those songs fitting for winter, spring, summer, or fall weather.
Minus the bellowing sliced up samples for vocals, it sounds like the ending of 80's teen drama. However, the incredibly catchy and pleasing, yet ominous loop does lead me want to gitter-ize everything.
Rhythmic builds and dissonant rifts distinguish this thick, noise-pop from the rest of the recently released indie. Catchy and comfortable without being too derivative. Accessible without being dull nor dancey. Pure.
2. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
Merriweather Post Pavillion absolutely exploded at the start of the year as a favorite by many. The twinkling synth over distant, dreamy vocals makes it a standout track from one of the most respected 2009 albums. More poppy than psychedelic conformed new Animal Collective fans while keeping the veterans satisfied and enchanted.
If this single is anything like their yet to be released album, Sisterworld, then I am surely looking forward to the new year. The minimal, ominous beginning creates a beautiful juxtaposition between the chaotic and unpredictably crass chorus.
Manchester Orchestra- "The Only One"
Fruit Bats- "Feather Bed"
The Lovely Feathers- "Long Walks"
Lady Gaga- "Bad Romance"
Kurt Vile- "Hunchback"
Fucked Up (ft. Andrew W.K., GZA, Vampire Weekend, David Cross & more) - "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
The Dirty Projectors- "Remade Horizon"