Now that you’ve seen half of my favorite songs of the year (don’t forget to vote on them too!), it’s time to reveal the rest, including my favorite – one that lasted a good duration, holding steady to the spot just in time for the full album release last week. Take a look below and vote for these other four face-offs:
First we have my favorite song of the year pitted against one of my new favorite singers:
1) Give Yourself a Try – The 1975
From the moment the whine of Adam Hann’s guitar shrieks through the darkness of the beginning of this song I was intrigued. Then they did something I’ll always love in songs: a brief absence of sound. It turns your head, makes you ask why they paused. It’s always intentional and almost always effectual. That’s just the beginning, though. When Matt Healy breaks in with some of the best poetry this year, his anguished plea for preservation becomes something of a tragic tale. He enlightens us to his insights on aging gracefully, shucking the mistakes of the past and accepting that pain might always linger. Lucky for us we grow out of our distorted phases, hopefully grasping the reality of maturity, being able to deal with the pain. We might struggle some more, but there’s always something to keep us going, if only we give it a try. The thrill doesn’t let up as Hann’s guitar blares like a klaxon underneath the chorus, fading only for Healy’s final plea to hit home. It’s subtle and garish all at once, just like Healy and company want to represent for the millennial experience.
16) Small Talks – Liza Anne
I don’t think I’ve ever related to a song’s lyrics more than this one. Who among us hasn’t been at a party and forced to deal with complete strangers discussing the most mundane of subjects? Liza Anne perfectly puts to song that feeling of ennui brought on by the banter no one wants to deal with. Not only is it a subjectively engaging piece, but her guitar skills almost match her rapid fire repartee. I’m a sucker for female vocalists, as you know, and sardonic wit is the fastest way to my heart. That double dose of power made Liza Anne my favorite new artist of the year.