The end of the year is all about reflections, new beginnings and, naturally, listening to lots and lots of tunes. That’s why we’ve asked a cadre of bands to assemble a collection of kicka$$ playlists featuring their favorite jams of 2012. Next up, we have History of Apple Pie‘s picks. Check them out after the jump.
1. Chromatics – “Kill For Love”
Steph: Loved this dark and dense track by Chromatics. The futuristic disco sounds and hypnotic vocals will leave you feeling exhilarated and ridiculously cool.
2. Tame Impala – “Elephant”
Steph: One of the cleverist songs ever written. The bluesy, Sabbath-esque riffs and stomping bass capture the song’s title perfectly. Earth-shaking!
3. Sharon Van Etten – “Give Out”
Kelly: Her lyrics are always really interesting and heartfelt. The chorus of this song has been stuck in my head so many times this year!
4. Goat – “Goatman”
James: Probably my favorite song from my favorite album of 2012.
5. DIIV – “Home”
Kelly: This is the last song on the album; its beauty is in its simplicity.
6. Sleigh Bells – “D.O.A”
Jerome: I’m really into the swirly vocal thing in this song. Also I feel like Sleigh Bells is the band I would’ve made if I’d ever actually gotten round to buying a drum machine.
7. Zebra Katz – “Hey Ladies”
Jerome: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I NEVER get bored of the rhyme ‘ladies’ and ‘Mercedes.’
8. Beak> – “Mono”
James: Beak> released my other favourite album of the year, but they’ve just released this new non-album single, which is probably their most accessible song yet.
9. Grimes – “Oblivion”
Aslam: It’s just a great song. Bonus points for reminding my of ‘Johnny and Mary’ by Robert Palmer (one of many guilty pleasures).
10. Weird Dreams – Holding Nails
Aslam: ‘Holding Nails’ soundtracked many a 5-minute saunter over the last year. If it was a cup of tea, I’d drink it.
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