Archive for December, 2015

Dec
31

Week 50: Grimes

Posted by jill on December 31, 2015

It’s funny how that about halfway through the year I commented that I didn’t listen to enough female artists, but since then pretty much every other week I’ve been blogging about a female act. This week is Grimes (was reminded of her via the Pitchfork end of year list).

I probably should have started listening to Grimes a lot sooner, but it’s also quite apt that I came across her work first drawing the alternate cover for my favourite comic series of the year. It’s a good summary of where my music listening has gone (e.g. a lot more innovation and experimentation in print than in music and comics providing better commentary on music than music itself). I like the airiness of the track. Along with last week’s track, maybe I should listen to more pop music in 2016.

Dec
24

Week 49: Susanne Sundfør

Posted by jill on December 24, 2015

This blog plows on regardless of the season or what day it is.

In making myself find something new to listen to every week this year, it’s very noticeable how the landscape for music discovery has changed, even just in the last couple of years. Gone are the fan-based blogs, which were one of the primary ways I used to find music. Gone too are many of the independent music websites, with most of their creators moving on to ‘proper’ jobs. Sadly there doesn’t seem to be much coming up to fill in the vacuum. Having said that one blog which is still consistently good, and has been since it started, is Popjustice. This week’s artist comes from their Top 45 songs of the year list (though I’ve selected a different song).

This song by Susanne Sundfør also suggests that I might have been looking for interesting music in the wrong place, having overlooked pop music for most of the year. This however, isn’t very pop. It’s a 10 minute epic, which features a grand classical bit with piano half way through the song. It’s far more ambitious that a lot of what I’ve been listening to all year.

Dec
18

Week 48: Girlpool

Posted by jill on December 18, 2015

The trawl of end of year lists continues and this week’s song came as a relief after 2 hours of listening into the NPR 400+ songs long end of year list.

Girlpool are a duo from LA, but they wouldn’t be too out of place in New York, 10 years ago during the peak of the Anti-folk era. Like those NY Antifolk bands, they have ridiculously cute, hooky and simple songs, that are almost like nursery rhymes.

Dec
11

Week 47: LA Priest

Posted by jill on December 11, 2015

This week’s song comes from the End of Year top 30 album list by Dummy Magazine.

LA Priest turns two very simple melodic lines into something slightly addictive, by repetition. Even after one minute of the song you’ll be humming the song for the rest of the day. Not too bad to have on in the background, but boy, do Metronomy have a lot to answer for.