My 20 Favourite songs of April, 2015:
20. Of Monsters and Men – Crystals
19. Walk Off The Earth – Rule The World
18. Modest Mouse – The Best Room
17. The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
16. Courtney Barnett – Depreston
15. American Authors – Believer
14. Action Bronson – Easy Rider
13. Florence And The Machine – What Kind Of Man
12. Jack U – Where Are U Now f. Justin Bieber
11. Ms Mr – Painted
10. Sufjan Stevens – Should Have Known Better
9. Tame Impala – Let It Happen
8. The Helio Sequence – Stoic Resemblance
7. Hot Chip – Need You Now
6. Destra Garcia – Lucy
5. Dear Rouge – Black to Gold
Bonus: Awolnation – Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)
Already made one of my lists earlier in the year, but that beat kept on coming. This song is a monster.
4. Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love
Can’t deny how brilliant and hook-filled this lead single to Flowers’ 2nd solo album is.
Bonus: Heems – Soup Boys (from Jan 2013)
Just came across this behemoth. The lyrics are funny and the beat is enticing like cake is with icing.
3. Bear In Heaven – Autumn
It’s so easy to get lost in the majestic haze of this song. A testament to its power, as soon as it’s finished, I want to immediately press replay.
2. Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money (Handbag House vs. Krazy Kat Bootleg Mix)
So absurd. So gitchy. So good. Way, way better than the original.
Bonus: Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible (entire album)
I saw these Welsh legends perform The Holy Bible in its entirety when their tour stopped in Toronto — man, am I thankful I decided to go to that show. I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t get into this album when it was released in 1994. I’m elated to say that I finally found it. And what a revelation it’s been to me in the brief time I’ve come to know it. It’s massive, melodic, a monument of rock ‘n roll, punk, and art. I’m in love with the entire album, front to back. This album dominated me in April as I played these tracks time after time. Here are a few of the outstanding tracks from that seminal, jaw-breaking record:
1. A Silent Film – Tomorrow
Couldn’t get enough of this track. This is a nostalgia-inducing, melody-indebted, mountain-climbing, mega-sized gem of a song. “Tomorrow, tomorrow, you’ll find out tomorrow…” Over and over and over, until the number on the calendar changes. Then I can sing it again, tomorrow.