ChewMix: Top songs of 2007
In David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten – or perhaps it’s Cloud Atlas, I can’t remember now – a character remarks that there’s nothing so tiresome as having things of interest pointed out to them.
His argument is that half the joy is in the personal discovery of good and interesting things – take the search away and the reward is greatly lessened.
I think about that a lot, as somebody who earns part of their living from pointing out good and interesting things to others. I agree to an extent but there is such a great body of output to work through these days that we all need filters. So here, as a tiresome filter, I present my favourite songs of the last twelve months.
In contrast to last year I’m embedding each track separately for you to listen to in isolation below. I’m not confident writing about music and, unlike when talking about videogames, I don’t know much of the scenes and histories each of these tracks inhabit which makes me a less informed and informative filter but, hopefully, still a useful one nonetheless.
So, this is the music I liked this year. From the androgynous, pocessed vocals and skittish beats of Burial’s Archangel (which really reminds me of teenage rainy midnights on the South London Underground) to the Daft Punk: Revenge of the Discovery-esque blam that is Justice’s record, it’s pretty wide-ranging in style and niche.
I’ve put it up here without images nor blurb. Just hold your breath and click the play button sans preconception. That way you still get a little sense of discovery, right? Anyway, I hope you find something you like. If you do, google will tell you where to go next.
CFCF: Raining Patterns
Frightened Rabbit: The Greys
Fiest: So Sorry
Blonde Redhead: 23
MGMT: Time to Pretend
Oh, and if I don’t see you before, have yourself a very merry Christmas and happy New Year. This next one’s going to be a goodie.