22 of Scott Creney’s favorite songs of 2012 so far
Starring – July
Seriously artsy kraut psychedelic US rock band. I’m into at least four of those things, so just going by statistics alone, this band has to be great.
Craft Spells – Still Left With Me
Whether we like it or not, this is the dominant indie sound of today–80’s referencing, vaguely psychedelic, computerized, dispassionate lyrics about passion. I blame anti-depressants. Anyway, this is as good as that stuff gets.
Mad Scene – Valium Beach
Pretty sure there’s some kind of Flying Nun connection here.
This album’s too subtle to be noticed. The band members aren’t young and beautiful. They don’t act like children and speak in lisps. There’s nothing even remotely original about their sound. But the songs are great, the sound is great, and the album is wonderful. If you’re the kind of person who dreads modernity, who thinks we’re all heading straight to a technological hell in an overprivileged handbasket, then you need to buy this album as a political statement.
Public Image Ltd – One Drop
I put off listening to this b/c I was convinced it would be horrible. It isn’t. It’s actually pretty great.
Lower Dens – Brains
Do you like Neu? Yeah, me too. I’ve yet to hear a song with that motorik beat which I didn’t love. The rest of the album’s alright. It’s good for playing in the background while I read/write. Somewhere right now there’s two skinny college radio kids making out to it and trying to decide whether they should go all the way. I bet both of them will be crying sometime in the next 24 hours–sad, bloodless tears.