Best Music of 2011: #8

RapprocherTodd: Class Actress, Rapprocher

My most anticipated release this year. Tracks began filtering out in June. “Keep You” was my “Song of the Summer” and kept me appeased until the October release.

 

Era ExtranaChris: Neon Indian, Era Extraña

If only the experience of this sophisticated album would have translated during his recent Iowa City show (it was at the Union Bar, and Kreayshawn [!] opened).

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Best Music of 2011: #7

ZonoscopeTodd: Cut Copy, Zonoscope

Synth-pop at its best. At times sounds like it could be some long-lost 1980s new wave record. The song “Where I’m Going” also received my award for “Best use of Oohs and Yeahs in a Song or Soundtrack.”

 

RapprocherChris: Class Actress, Rapprocher

This album is much like my #3 album: strong songs released well in advance of album, and then album drops and I’m pleasantly surprised with overall quality. Singles are great, but I’m sampling Track 2, “Love Me Like You Used To,” a great “headphones” song.