Everything Patrick touches is gold. Listen to his EP on SoundCloud now. He’s Steve Winwood 2.0!! There’s even a sax. A SAX!!!
Synthy disco-inspired summertime pop from France! Jupiter’s entire album is worth a listen.
Electropop, dreampop, indiepop, dancepop, cheesepop, synthpop, 80’s revival, new new wave, new new romantics, electric music for adults, music that sounds great with a glass of wine on a couch in a loft…this is what I’m into, and 2012 was a great year for my obsession. Here’s my Top 50 tracks of 2012… (Subscribe to the Spotify playlist)
#50 - San Francisco’s chillwave hero. #49 - Disturbing vocals about wanting to be a cripple. Fortunately much of it is in French. #48 - Californians loves hearing other Californians sing about California. #47 - Swirly synthpop. #46 - Synths, drum machines…and heavy electric guitars. Rock. #45 - None of the band members are from Tokyo, Denmark, nor Sweden. #44 - Great follow-up to their 2010 hit “A Real Hero” you probably heard from the movie “Drive”. #43 - Drifting in and out, describes the sound perfectly. #42 - Bleeps and bass. It’s SWEET. #41 - More bands from “Drive”. More bone-shaking analogue synths. #40 - Two Swedish chicks yelling in unison to dancepop. I love it. #39 - Beyonce Knowles’ sister teams up with Dev Haynes AKA Blood Orange. Anyone who teams up with Dev Haynes produces something fantastic. #38 - If they would cut this track down from 12 minutes to 6, I’ve love it even more. #37 - Sounds like MGMT with a female singer. That’s a good thing. #36 - Kinda reminds me of Kings of Leon, though they call themselves psychedelic synthpop. #35 - Brooklyn-via-Oakland MNDR sings club hits from the late 90’s. #34 - Upbeat Texas indiepop rockers. I randomly chose a track here as their entire album is phenomenal. #33 - Reminds me of all that mellow progressive 90’s rock I loved as a teenager. #32 - Finally a male singer on the list. #31 - Haunting female vocals meets brash electronic sounds. #30 - Your heart will start racing when that bass kicks in. #29 - This is a big slice of cheesy dancepop, but a super unique sound. #28 - I’m pretty sure Swedes are born with keyboards in their hands. These experimental-ish electrpoppers make electronic unique again. #27 - The one electropop track everyone will love. #26 - The singer is like 12-years old, but the dancepop sound is very mature. #25 - The hottest unsigned Scottish band you’ve never heard of. #24 - Retropop that sounds best sipping wine on a sailboat. #23 - Swedes, are there anything they can’t do? #22 - Pop music infused with reggae beats. #21 - These futurepoppers definitely have their own sound. #20 - Warm and chill. #19 - Dreamy dreampop from my hometown. #18 - Finally more male vocals. Classic indiepop. #17 - English indierockers. #16 - Three sisters from Southern California make 80’s-inspired pop. #15 - All the fun of the 80’s, in the 10’s. #14 - 50% New Order and 50% Joy Division but 100% San Francisco chillwave. #13 - Someone put this one a movie soundtrack. Something starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. #12 - This is what I think Africa sounds like on a good day. #11 - Heavenly afternoon drinking music. #10 - If you don’t love this track, you’re full of hate. #9 - Bubbly theme song to a fairy tale. #8 - If you love Grimes and Purity Ring you’ll love these young vocals and crushing synths. #7 - It’s impossible to listen to this 80’s-inspired pop song without smiling and/or dancing. #6 - Just haunting. #5 - They have two drummers and an amazing singer.
#4 - The most mysterious band of 2012. Sorry, not a band, but an “audio-visual experience” or something.
#3 - If you love 50’s and 60’s surfrock, you’ll love Denver-based Tennis.
#2 - Just an epic tune that feels more like a short story.
#1 - As a member of the Pure Bathing Cult, I can’t get enough of this track. I’d call it dreampop, but they’ve really invented their own genre.
Debut EP from LA-based White Blush AKA Carol Rhyu. Very David Lynchian. Dreamy, synthy, and minimal. And awesome.
Try track #2 “Mirror” or #3 “Jolene”.