10. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (Katcha Remix) by Dawn Tallman.
Chill techno music, in my opinion, has never as amazing, up-beat and addictive as in this song right here. From one of the most underrated films (Millennium Mambo) I’ve ever seen, this never gets old.
9. Final Movement (feat. “Not at Home”) by Clint Mansell.
I love Clint Mansell and while I’m absolutely enamoured with his more epic tracks, I think it is during the quiet, tender and mournful ones where he excels unlike no other. This song hits all the right notes and delivers a beautifully poignant experience.
8. I Don’t Want To Wake Up by Metric.
Kicking off the double dish of Metric for this list is one of the tracks from the upcoming Cosmopolis. The main reason why I’m extremely excited for that film is both because of David Cronenberg and the soundtrack collaboration between Howard Shore and Metric. It’s a visceral, haunting, aggressive and great soundtrack that everyone needs to listen to.
7. Nightmare by Artie Shaw & His Orchestra.
You might not recognize the title or the artist, but I assure that once you listen to Nightmare you’ll recognize it immediately. This is one of those go-to dark and moody jazz songs that is used constantly in TV and films, most notably in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator.
6. Goodbye by Apparat.
There are few songs that are able to place you in a complete trance from the get-go. Goodbye is such a song and not only that but it also delivers a brilliantly haunting experience that will stop dead on your tracks. When such a beautiful song comes all you have to is sit still and be drown in its atmospheric genius.
5. Lost Kitten by Metric.
Took me a few listens but I am now fully on board with calling Metric’s Synthetica one of the most enjoyable albums of the year. For the most part it is really playful and cheerful which is a bit odd for Metric considering their last album, but like the great musicians that they are they make it work. Moreover, they also utilize the current sort of obsession with electronic music and use it in a way that while catchy still feels different and belonging specifically to them.
4. Fjögur Píanó by Sigur Rós.
A lot of comments have been said about this track, more specifically about its music video. Yes, Shia Labeouf shows his lepenis but if you look pass that nudity you’ll see how insanely beautiful and heartbreaking that video is. Sadness and desperation run deep in those tragic images, and all through that we get an even more beautiful piano by the constantly genius Sigur Rós.
3. Eyes Like Ours by Tiny Vipers.
I find that if I’m feeling sad I usually opt to listen to really depressing music. There is something cathartic, I think, about somewhat wallowing alongside a song that is utterly raw and emotional. Tiny Vipers is able to convey such a vulnerability with every word that it just fractures your heart.
2. Hot Knife by Fiona Apple.
Fiona Apple is back! Nothing these couple of months has made me happier than that. Her self-indulgently but greatly titles album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, is rapidly becoming one of my favourite albums of the year. Every song is stellar in every possible way, but the one that caught me off-guard since the first listen was this one. Lyrically it is overtly straight-forward, but in true FIona Apple nature she makes it work much better than it probably should. It is addictive, strange and fucking awesome.
1. The Science of Imaginary Solutions by Autolux.
I’ve been obsessed with Autolux for a long while now and the main reason for that is this song. I’ve heard some brilliantly haunting songs before, but The Science of Imaginary Solutions is constantly blowing my mind away. Starting with brooding and intimate mood it elevates itself into a powerfully devastating song that also manages to sound like a twisted electronic lullaby. It honestly never ceases to amaze me.
As always thank you for reading and here’s the link for the entire list.