It’s that time of year when An Inland Voyage looks back at the year in music, starting with my list of the best songs.
If you’re like me, you love these year-end lists because they give you a chance to hear what everyone else was listening to and to find new, great music.
I hope you find something on this list that you hadn’t heard and will come to love.
As always, feel free to share with me your favorite songs of the year in the comments.
10) Chvrches – Dead Air
This was Chvrches’ contribution to the newest “Hunger Games” soundtrack, and it certainly matches the grandeur of the series’ mythos. (And it is thankfully free of cries for Peeta, which to my ears is one of the most annoying character names ever. Please don’t bombard me with arrows, “Hunger Games” fans!)
9) The Raveonettes – Endless Sleeper
I love how the surf music explodes into a wall of sound that takes my mind into the depths of the ocean.
8) TV on the Radio – Happy Idiot
When TV on the Radio gets a driving beat going, it’s hard to stop them from racing right into my aural sweet spot.
7) Post War Glamour Girls – Sestra
“I just want something to talk about that doesn’t involve you.” This is an angry, political manifesto that is ferocious and fragile. It’s all the more wondrous that such a perfect epic came from a band making its debut.
6) Sun Kil Moon – Carissa
It’s a beautiful ode to a woman whose life was sadly taken while doing a mundane chore. It almost seems like a cosmic joke because it’s so ridiculous. But, unfortunately, it is not a joke. And it’s toll on her loved ones is deep.
5) Royksopp and Robyn – Monument (The Inevitable End Version)
Introspective lyrics and killer synths from two of my favorite Scandinavian musical artists.
4) The Antlers – Palace
This song suspends my heart every time.
You were simpler,
you were lighter when we thought like little kids.
Like a weightless, hate-less animal,
beautifully oblivious before you were hid inside a stranger you grew into,
as you learned to disconnect.
3) Nothing – Somersault
Turn it up loud and tune everything else out.
2) Spoon – Do You
I don’t have anything to say about this song that it doesn’t say for itself.
1) Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting on You)
This was the year of Future Islands, and this song started it all. I had been watching the “Seasons” video for months in anticipation of the song being released. I love everything about it — the opening synth line, the lyrics, etc. Like David Letterman said, “I’ll take all of that you’ve got.”
Here is a Spotify playlist with these and more favorite songs from 2014: