It’s December 31st and that means it’s time to put a bow on the year that has passed and prepare for the year to come.
This year has seen more visitors and more submissions to Sirens of Decay than ever, and I am very grateful to everyone for both reading and submitting. I hope you’ve discovered something you can’t live without in 2012 and hopefully we’ll be able to keep that trend rolling in 2013.
That leaves us with only one thing left to do. Make a list and check it twice, find out whose track or tracks were ultimately the most nice (to our ears). You can stream the playlist below via the Soundcloud player. Every track in the list save two (it should be obvious which – the two major label releases) has been blogged about here on Sirens of Decay in the past twelve months.
It was hard to narrow things down to only fifteen tracks. Originally I tried to make it ten, but it was even harder and it seemed odd only have ten tracks. These will be counted down from 15th to 1st, but the playlist contains them in their proper order of 1st to 15th…if that makes any sense.
You’ll find there is a whole lot of rock in here…that’s to be expected if you are a regular reader of Sirens of Decay. That’s our bread and butter…our specialty you see.
Thanks again for the great year, and I hope you have an amazing and very happy 2013.
14. The Vaccines – Aftershave Ocean
This track is absolutely beautiful and everything that you would want out of a pop song. It seems perfect for the New Year, for new love, or to rekindle the old. I’ve listened to this beauty incessantly.
4. Kendrick Lamar – Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst:
Easily one of the best and most interesting hip-hop tracks I’ve heard in years. I’m not a hip-hop head at all, but the stories that Kendrick Lamar tells in “Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst” and in good kid M.A.A.D. City are such a cut above anything else hip-hop related I’ve listened to in some time that I couldn’t help but include him.
If the post were about the most listened to tracks of 2012, “Marathon Runner” might have found itself at number one – at the very least number two. “Marathon Runner” has a nice narrative and it actually makes me want to run, which is entirely not the gist of the song, but hey. The lyrics are engaging, the track soars when needed, and most importantly it is very very catchy. I loved listening to this gem from Yellow Ostrich (along with all the other great tracks they released this year) and cannot recommend them enough.
“Analog or Digital” seemed like a novelty the first time I wrote about it. It’s a great track, don’t get me wrong…I just didn’t expect to still be in love with it to this degree almost a full year later. Then, Wildlife Control released their self titled album in the middle of this year and I kind of fell back in love with the band and the track again. Once again, however, I didn’t expect the love affair to continue.
Flash forward to just a short while ago. The band decided to run a remix competition and some of the submissions were fantastic. Not only did it give me a few more great takes to hear, but once again I fell in love with the fun and exuberance of Wildlife Control. “Analog or Digital” is Wildlife Control to me. It’s exciting, it’s carefree; a new and refreshing take on some old sounds that reminds me what it’s like to be closer to 20 than knocking down the doors of 30 like I actually am.
I don’t even know what to say. “Border Crosser” is one of those tracks that the more time I spend with it, the more I fall in love with it. It sounds absolutely amazing, with trains choo-chooing in the background and whistling echoing out around the track. The guitars are bright and shining, and everything just molds together so well in this R&B meets pop rock style dreamscape that is just irresistible.
“Border Crosser” is also a heartwarming story for the romantic inside you. It was written by singer Keith Brower Brown (KBB as he is referred to, typically) as an homage to his grandparents emigration out of Europe. It is everything you look for in a top level track. Engaging, brilliant sounding, memorable, harnessing a story that could spiral into an actual written piece.
Enjoy the last few hours of 2012. Let me know what you think!