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Song Obsessions

Here I expand on my feelings toward the songs from this year that rhave resonated with me the most and keep my finger on repeat rbutton. 2011, I'm addicted to you.
Garten der Unbewusstheit

Gekkou no Daichi: An epic masterpiece. I still get goosebumps each and every
time I listen through this song (and the album, in general). This new Gekkou no
Daichi starts out with slow and somber acoustic guitar plucking much like the
original but builds up dramatically into an engrossing, emotional ride filled with
interesting sonic flourishes and textures that build upon themselves just as the
entire song itself builds on the previous two tracks. Breathtaking.
Heavy Rocks II

Missing Pieces: Again, goosebump-inducing. This is one of the best songs Boris
has ever put their name to; it's just perfect. Take what makes their cover of
Flower Sun Rain great and magnify it times ten. The trio delivers psychedelic
drone with heaps of feeling poured into it, a Merzbow-esque noise crescendo,
and a brilliant Michio Kurihara guitar solo to top it off.

I Feel the Dark: What can I say? I didn't think exactly think it at first, but Heritage
really has delivered on all accounts, especially with this number which is quickly
becoming one of my favorite Opeth songs. The opening is sublime with the lovely
acoustic riff, alternating piano and mellotron, and Mike's outstanding vocals.
(Seriously, I don't know if you guys have noticed, but this album has the best vocal
melodies he's ever done.) This song is actually a pretty great representation of the
album as a whole: subtle and understated at times and roaring and technical at
others. Really, I could say all this stuff about Haxprocess since it's basically as good.
4Laura Marling
A Creature I Don't Know

Night After Night: This is Laura doing what she does best: playing hypnotizing
acoustic guitar while delivering masterful lyrics with her piercing, angelic voice. The
song is extremely reminiscent of something that could be found on Nick Drake's
Pink Moon, but I would go as far as to say the vocals have a leg up on the folk
legend. Masterfully written and hauntingly executed.
5Ash Borer
Ash Borer

My Curse Was Raised In the Darkness Against a Doomsday Silence: That opening - it's so
fucking cool. If the band continues to come up with stuff like this, I will cut them some
slack on ripping off their own riffs. But, really, the whole song is excellent. After the eerie
intro, the raw, bludgeoning black metal kicks into gear only to be punctuated by some
awesome drone-y transitions. Great riffs. Great vocals. Great song.
Wars of the Roses

England: When I'm not kneeling at the feet of Mikael Akerfeldt, I choose to spend my
spare time fellating the man the that has long served as my avatar: Garm. One of
the best vocalists ever. Period. Oh, and his band is pretty brilliant too. This song
showcases just how bewitching Rygg's vocals can be as they're layered against the
cinematic atmosphere of the choral vocals and simple piano and drum arrangements.
The track is laced with all kinds of interesting electronic effects and nuances to really
add some deep texture.
7Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Holocene: Serene like a beautiful daydream, Justin and company strike gold again
with this tune. The sound of For Emma is evolved in a way I could have never
envisioned. Basic but lush arrangements have each instrument lifting one another
in atmospheric harmony, Justin's vocals acting as the gold wrapping on the pretty
8 Lana del Rey

Video Games: Gotta thank Chan for this one. This song proves just how amazing simplicity
can be. There's not much to the song save for the smoldering vocals and whimsical lyrics,
but it's just enough. It's chock full of retro nostalgia while still retaining a pretty fresh indie
sound. If all the songs on her forthcoming debut match the quality of the ones released so
far, Miss Lana could blow up in a big way. She's not exactly hard on the eyes either.
9 Mothlite
Dark Age

The Underneath: Guess what? Daniel O'Sullivan and Garm are so awesome, they get to
be on here twice. Trickster G's guest spot on the upcoming album of one of O'Sullivan's
numerous projects is not wasted in the slightest. They both provide great vocals over a
track giving off the vibes of Talk Talk and the gothic pop of The Cure. This is going to be
an album to watch out for early next year.
10 Florence and the Machine

What the Water Gave Me: Once again stealing a piece of my heart just like Laura, What the
Water Gave Me is a brilliant track that indicates Flo's sophomore album could be every bit as
wonderful as what I think is one of the best debuts in pop history. Ms. Welch continues to deliver
more soul in one note than most singers could offer in a lifetime as the song ebbs and flows with
a plethora of instruments chiming in while building up to a bold climax. For a single, anyway.
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