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06.01.12 Hello, Friends04.25.12 Demo-lition
04.05.12 Angel's Running Tab03.10.12 #blackmetalswag
03.01.12 Band Tees02.14.12 Hardest Games Ever
02.07.12 Turning The Lights Off01.19.12 Which Fictional Character(s) Are You Mo
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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.
1Corrupted
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.
2Boris
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.
3Opeth
Heritage


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.
6Ulver
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 package.
8 Lana del Rey
TBA


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
Ceremonials


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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