Boom. Here’s part two of my Top 50 Songs of 2014. If you missed the first installment, check it out here. The other parts will arrive each day this week! Enjoy.
40) :Braid – No Coast: It was the arrival of this anthemic track that pushed me from curious to excited about Braid reuniting for a new full length (their first in 16 years). From No Coast.
39) :Eternal Summers – Gouge: I’ve had this shoegazey number on repeat for just about the entirety of 2014. I definitely think it’s Eternal Summers’ best song (so far). From The Drop Beneath.
38) :Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Wrapped: This fantastic slice of dream pop is from one of my favorite bands in Austin, Letting Up Despite Great Faults. It’ll make you dance (and maybe cry a little). From Neon.
37) :Mas Ysa – Shame: Thomas Arseneault (aka Mas Ysa) churns out some really interesting stuff. For instance, this synthy gem is somehow both very calculated and super raw. From The Worth EP.
36) :Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me: Sure, Alvvays is a pretty silly name, but that doesn’t mean this song isn’t one of the best lo-fi pop efforts of the year. From the band’s self titled album.
35) :Pillar Point – Eyeballs: I’m not sure that Scott Reitherman (formerly of Throw Me The Statue and now the main brain behind Pillar Point) has ever made a song that I didn’t like. The guy sure knows how to craft quality pop music. From the band’s self titled album.
34) :Cymbals Eat Guitars – Chambers: If you’ve ever wanted to hear Cymbals Eat Guitars as a full-on accessible rock act, then this is the song you’ve been looking for. It’s a good sound for them. From Lose.
33) :Ariel Pink – Put Your Number In My Phone: When it comes to Ariel Pink, I’m always impressed with the way he’s able to craft that one single every release that’s a total ear-pleaser. I think he does it on purpose so it’s easier to dive into the bizarro creations that usually fill out his albums. From Pom Pom.
32) :Sylvan Esso – Coffee: For a while I thought MS MR’s fancy remix of this track was unbeatable, but in the end I found myself partial to the minimalistic sound of Sylvan Esso’s original take. From the band’s self titled album.
31) :Weaves – Shithole: Every time I listen to this song I immediately want to travel back to the 90s so that I can be angsty about having to exist in the 90s. Thanks for that, Weaves. From the Shithole single.