Matt’s 15 Favorite Songs of 2016 (So Far)
15. John Williams – “The Scavenger”
Because: It’s our first audiological introduction to Rey, Darth Plagueis’ granddaughter (not really), on screen. And it’s such a beautiful and memorable thing.
14. Empress Of – “Woman Is A Word”
Because: This song makes me believe I understand said entities that the symbols that we read as “woman” represent. I’m wrong of course. How dare I.
13. Idiot Glee – “Baby (I Could Be Your Bone)
Because: So bouncy, so lackadaisical, so good for anywhere, anytime.
12. Little Scream – “Love As A Weapon”
Because: This completely surprising and freshly-cut-then-sparkled new side of the woman known as Laurel Sprengelmeyer wants to remind you to have fun and not take that one guy too seriously.
11. Mothers – “Lockjaw”
Because: This song is so raw and full of expert metaphors that it aches your heart to listen to it so. The pulsing and flickering neon guitar riffs that pepper it throughout only serve to fuel a weak type of night rage you could dutifully carry out in your car with a high finger to a yellow light.
10. Agua Roja – “Joey”
Because: If you try to see/hear the wavelength of “Joey” in your mind, it absolutely could be a cresting wave in a sea in the morning right after it rained and you’re wearing the same shirt as last night because you couldn’t sleep since you just met the most amazing person and that same incredible person likes you too.
9. D.D. Dumbo – “Satan”
Because: This couldn’t be more Hot Chip meets Metronomy if it tried. But “Satan” is so smooth it doesn’t need to. So instead it is its own blessed third pillar.
8. Niki & The Dove – “So Much It Hurts”
Because: If Kate Bush had decided to take fewer pottery classes when she was writing some of her songs, and instead take advice from Pippi Longstocking and some melatonin, you would get the love/woe song “So Much It Hurts.”
7. Wye Oak – “Watching the Waiting”
Because: Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner have never seemed so resigned to be finally happy. It suits them.
6. Day Wave – “Stuck”
Because: “Stuck” is ear velcro strong enough to last six months with all the other clutter bouncing around in there.
5. Lushlife & CSLSX – “Totally Mutual Feeling”
Because: Such production value/such vivid grooves.
4. Laura Mvula – “Overcome”
Because: Looped, “Overcome” becomes a spiritual wheel that can roll over anything that stands in your path.
3. Cash + David – “Adore”
Because: For those who have trouble expressing their feelings for those they love, “Adore” connects all the dots. Combined with the actual emotion that takes over your heart when you think about those you care for the very most, the song is enough to make you run/walk marathons.
2. Twin River – “Antony”
Because: Courtney Ewan’s vocals are that cool girl who doesn’t care what others think about Powder, and the guitar work makes stars dance.
1. The Blaze – “Virile”
Because: There is so much space to breathe and wander here without care.