1 – A Perfect Circle – The Doomed
From the very first seconds of this song, I knew I stumbled upon something special. The troubling and bleak nature of the song is beautifully showcased both lyrically and musically. The whole narrative of dignifying the evil and casting aside the good in a biblical twist was strong and emotional. It doesn’t rely on it’s nature to deliver something outrageous, instead it hits a perfect balance between the intensity of the verses and the melancholic calmness of the choruses. There’s no hope in this song at all. However, it’s angst and darkness holds truth, and that connected strongly with me.
2 – MGMT – When You Die
The strong goth vibes and ecstatically brooding synths of “Little Dark Age” was hands down one of my favorites things this year. Whenever the chorus of that song hits, I’d be dancing and singing it like a crazy madman, that’s how much I loved MGMT’s lead single from their upcoming album. So when this single was released, I had a lot of expectations and boy oh boy it delivered! It’s completely different from Little Dark Age. It’s got a more psychedelic and experimental vibe, but hits a nice balance to make it feel accessible and poppy. If the entire album follows in the footsteps of these two singles, then we’re in for a treat! Also, watch the music video for maximum enjoyment! It’s an experience.
3 – Nine Inch Nails – Sanctified
I specifically posted the live version NIN’s Sanctified because the bass is just glorious (Not only in this song, but all of the songs in this performance). The entire song has a striking otherworldly atmosphere presented by the swell synths, and takes it all the way by the time it reaches the chorus. As always, Trent sings very expressively. The addition of the backup singers in the live performance is also a super plus.
4 – Concorde – Sons
This is one of the songs that didn’t click with me the first time I listened to it. It took me a couple of times to finally get into it. The chorus is definitely one of the highlights for me, despite it being pretty simple. There’s just something about the way those guitar sound accompanied by the vocals and the bass.
5 – XXXTentacion, 21 Savage – Never
One of the surprises of this year was listening to XXXTentacion’s 17 album, it felt different from the stuff he usually does. It had variety, and some tracks stood out for me, tracks like “Save Me” and “Revenge”. I outright don’t like his music or style, but these tracks are a good examples of how he can get out of his comfort zone and try something new and good. “Never” gave me the same feeling I had when I listened to “Save Me” and “Revenge”. It’s different and genuine.