Top 50 songs of 2012: 40-31


In no particular order …

40. Conor Maynard – Can’t Say No

The pared-down bass riff weaves as indelible a spell as Azealia’s 212. Conor Maynard’s Timberlake-esque confection was one of the pop treats of the year.

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#musicmonday : Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute

Grizzly Bear by Simon Fernandez via Wikipedia

I’m surprised. I wasn’t expecting to like Grizzly Bear – I don’t even know what made me click on the link. I mean, they are and they aren’t – a “Pitchfork band”, I mean. Middle class white indie boys who undoubtedly describe themselves as “complicated” and refer to records as “documents”.

This is actually good. Really good.

This is Radiohead’s favourite band – one of them, anyway – and The Bends is the obvious jumping off point. It has the same effortless virtuosity of songwriting; the same robustness; the same verve. It’s a little psychedelic. It takes all the ingredients of the Muse concoction without sounding anything like them. It’s not your usual cheese and whine party.  Continue reading