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Scheumke's Song of the Year

Here's my take for song of the year 2019. With so much great music this year it was quite a struggle.
Veil of Imagination

Far From Where Dreams Unfurl

Quite a couple of entries on this list came in late this year, with Wilderun being my latest addiction. Like a combination of old-school Opeth and Xantochroid, the album has pretty much everything that I look for in a record. Far From Where Dreams Unfurl is the logical pick here, maybe because it's the most different from the rest, or maybe because it is the catchiest.

The Raven Child

My guilty pleasure pick. I’ve always been a sucker for Avantasia, and the Raven Child might be their single best song yet. I can’t really put it to words, but the song clicks for me on all levels. Wait… I can put it to words: Jorn Lande. It’s a little unfair how his voice just instantly makes pretty much every single song he’s on better.
8Moron Police
Boat on the Sea

Beware the Blue Skies

These guys came out of nowhere for me, and tickled an itch that I didn’t know I had, namely that of a fun, catchy progrock album that was short, sweet and didn’t have too many things going on at once (looking at you Thank You Scientist). ‘Beware the Blue Skies’ in particular does a great job in layering different themes, from Nagasaki to the Norwegian beach (gulls and all), while just being a plain good time.
Spiritual Instinct

L'île des Morts

The centerpiece of Alcest’s latest is one of their best songs of their carreer. Like I said in my review, it has everything that makes the band great, from the ethereal atmosphere to the glorious climax.

Distant Bells

Leprous really surprised me this year. After creating two albums that did little to me, an effort where they went completely away from their metal roots became the one that drew me back in. There were two songs that drew me in particularly, with Distant Bells being the best one. It's a grower and slow-burner that becomes incredibly powerful once it gets going. Einar really shines in this song, where he can show his full range in both style and actual vocal range.
Forgotten Paths

Forgotten Paths

Finally Saor got the production that the quality of music deserved. Forgotten Paths sound great overall, but nowhere is this more prevalent than right in the beginning with the title track. The double climax in the song give me shivers every single time. I think it (like most of this list) is an acquired taste that a lot might not really enjoy, but I love it.
4Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Bright Horses

Knowing the backstory of Nick Cave feels almost necessary to understand the emotions going on on ‘Bright Horses’. Sowing did a way better job then I ever could in describing the brilliance of this song (See his awards blog post). Even though I wasn’t a big fan of Ghosteen on total, Bright Horses brings legitimate tears to my eyes every time I hear it. The doomed hope and self-delusion as a way of protecting and healing is heartbreaking.
3Cult of Luna
A Dawn to Fear

Lights on the Hill

The best and biggest song on my album of year (spoiler). This fifteen minute epic is everything post-metal bands strife to achieve. Interesting for the full duration, climactic to the extreme, complex but never illogical and sophisticated in its structure and songwriting. If you haven’t listened to this yet, do so right now.
2Glen Hansard
This Wild Willing

Don't Settle

This year had two major surprises for me. The first one coming in the form of Moron Police, the second from a completely different angle in the form of Glen Hansard. I became addicted to This Wild Willing and mostly because of this fantastic little (not so little) song ‘Don’t Settle’. It’s a post-folk song that broods and builds and climaxes in an amazing way that I don’t think I’d heard before outside of actual post-rock/metal.
1Thank You Scientist


My top three was pretty clear from the beginning and are close to interchangeable. But this fucking song… this fucking song… it really takes the cake. The way TYS plays with tension throughout this song is masterful. It’s dense, complex, catchy, moody and cathartic, and the songwriting is pure brilliance. I cannot get enough of it and it is probably the song I listened to the most this year.
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