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(31) Days of Good: 12.29.12

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“‘Dreams So Real,’ which is one of the darkest, greatest things Metric has ever created. It’s one of the boldest musical choices on the album, fit with stripped down instrumentals and deceptively complex composition. This stripped down background works so well because Haines’s words are so honest. ‘Have I ever really helped anyone but myself?’ she asks.” (via Surviving the Golden Age)

Metric – Dreams So Real [from Synthetica] (stream on soundcloud)
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“‘Now that you’ve grown so wise / Use that head and stop to think a little / Just cause you’re crazy doesn’t mean you’re free,” sings frontman Torquil Campbell on the opening track and first single, “The Theory of Relativity.’ The track, which bumps and throbs to an ‘80s bass line and synth, creates a separation between the watered-down radio hits that have become synonymous with recent pop.” (via Paste)

Stars – The Theory of Relativity [from The North]
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(31) Days of Good: 12.28.12

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“A standout on one of the year’s best debuts, ‘Doused’ is an intricate rock song that manages to sound different from just about anything else out there. With a guitar riff that hauntingly pervades the whole song and vocals that are only partly discernable, DIIV has created a benchmark for their future recordings, a lofty standard that their next songs will be measured against.” (words by Mark Steinbach, via Surviving the Golden Age)

DIIV – Doused [from Oshin]
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lower_dens_nootropics“With a bassline–percussion duet chugging the song along throughout each its five minutes, “Brains” gives us one of the best and most subtle crescendoes since Of Montreal’s ‘The Past Is a Grotesque Animal’.”(via I Guess I’m Floating)

Lower Dens – Brains [from Nootropics]
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“…not only is Nocturne one of the most consistently excellent pop records I’ve heard this year, it’s also a remarkably mature statement for an artist whose first album was recorded in his Blacksburg dorm room in 2010. This is Jack Tatum’s Platonic pop record, and if it doesn’t meet the expectations of critics, for lack of soupy textures or the rough edges of home recording or whatever, it’s because he exceeded them.” (via Tiny Mix Tapes)

Wild Nothing – Paradise [from Nocturne]
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