Endless Playlist 2012: Part Oneby Treble Staff
In Endless Playlist, Treble’s staff helps you stock your own playlists by highlighting the best new tracks to come across our desks, laptops and ipods each week.
For around eight years, Treble has delivered a reliable, solid Album of the Week mix quarterly, packed with selections from our favorite new albums of the year. But the more we thought about it, the more we realized how exclusionary a mix-making process that was. A lot of great songs were ignored, either because they were single- or EP-only, or simply great standalone tracks from albums that maybe didn’t quite earn the honor we bestow weekly. So today we start a new tradition: the Endless Playlist. We’ve got more than 25 essential jams for you to spin, and we’ll be adding more throughout the year. By year’s end, we’ll have more than 100, easily. But don’t worry, we’ll make sure to keep you updated. Enjoy!
We also posted our playlist on Spotify. (Some tracks are unavailable on Spotify at this time, but will be soon.)
Cloud Nothings – “Wasted Days”
From Attack On Memory
“Wasted Days” begins as a direct, blistering punk rocker before dabbling in a noisy jam session, ultimately ending where it began, a sort of encore performance of its undeniable hooks.
Alcest – “Faiseurs de Monde”
From Les Voyages de L’åme
“Faiseurs de Mondes” finds French metalgazer Niege juxtaposing his own melodic, angelic vocals with the occasional guttural hiss. That said, these elements only serve to add extra layers of depth to Alcest’s intriguing take on shoegaze.
Leonard Cohen – “Come Healing”
From Old Ideas
“Come Healing” sounds as though it has existed long in the collective memory, and is humbly important enough to elbow the likes of “So Long, Marianne” and “Bird On A Wire” out of consideration’s way.
Imperial Teen – “All the Same”
From Feel The Sound
As successful a summation of pop perfection that we’ve heard in we can’t remember when, yet there are sufficient instances of real meat to sink your teeth into, such as this, the album’s “eye of the duck” moment.
Air – “Seven Stars” (ft. Victoria Legrand)
From Le Voyage Dans La Lune
With a little help from Beach House’s Victoria Legend, Air prove that when they put their hearts into it, they can still achieve liftoff.
Todd Terje – “Inspector Norse”
From It’s the Arps EP
From the distorted, bassy introduction of “Inspector Norse,” Todd Terje gets the space-disco party going pretty rapidly, with all kinds of fun noises popping in and out of an undeniable party jam.
Sharon Van Etten – “Serpents”
What Sharon Van Etten reveals on Tramp comprises some surprising and breathtaking new signs of growth and versatility, as on single “Serpents,” which shows the singer-songwriter soaring into a satisfyingly noisy rock song.
John Talabot – “So Will Be Now” (ft. Pional)
Spanish house producer John Talabot has a way with spacey grooves, and “So Will Be Now” is further evidence of that, all icy, echoing synth and Pional’s soulful vocals.
Lindstrom – “De Javu”
From Six Cups Of Rebel
The bright and flashy fun of Hans-Peter Lindstrom’s “De Javu” is a track so purely fun on a surface level that its seven minutes easily feel like half that.
The Caretaker – “Approaching the Outer Limits of our Solar System”
From Patience (After Sebald)
(History Always Favours the Winners)
James Leyland Kirby has been exploring memory and sonic associations through curious, ambient tracks for a while now, and touches upon ever more stunning atmosphere here.
Frankie Rose – “Know Me”
Though much of Interstellar looks beyond Rose’s past work toward headier and more massive sonic ideals, some of the album’s brightest moments, such as “Know Me,” serve as more polished and nuanced updates to the noise pop she’s done so well in recent years.
Grimes – “Genesis”
Once you succumb to the neurotic flow of the album, the entire 13-track sequence is a brilliant listen, but there are definitely highlights, such as this dreamy single.
Sleigh Bells – “End of the Line”
From Reign of Terror
(Mom + Pop)
Sleigh Bells at their most irresistible, on “End of the Line” the duo ditches the heavy riffage and ups embraces their pop smarts to remarkable effect.
Nina Kraviz – “Ghetto Kraviz”
From Nina Kraviz
Nina Kraviz twists and bends house music into her own cool, unique shapes and with “Ghetto Kraviz,” does so through eerie synths, skeletal beats and odd, disaffected vocals.
Perfume Genius – “Take Me Home”
From Put Your Back N 2 It
Perfume Genius’ Mike Hadreas offers to be a “shadow of a shadow”, but with this heartbreaking, gospel-tinged ballad, he deserves much more than that.
Lambchop – “Gone Tomorrow”
From Mr. M
All of the sadness and alienation that arises throughout Mr. M would be a pretty serious bummer to endure, were it not for the absolutely stunning melodies and arrangements that the band has crafted, like on this peppy highlight.
School of Seven Bells – “Lafaye”
“Lafaye,” the first single and immediate highlight, behaves not so much like a diversion into dream pop hallucinations so much as a pure pop indulgence, one that’s extremely hard not to love.
Pallbearer – “The Legend”
From Sorrow & Extinction
Little Rock doom metallers Pallbearer lets their riffs ascend to the heavens, rather than descend into the murky depths, on mesmerizing standout “The Legend.”
Julia Holter -”Marienbad”
The song may have its roots in recollected images from Last Year at Marienbad, but it is something altogether different, something almost diametrically opposed to Resnais’ film’s austerity of tone and framing, its sharp contrasts of black and white.
Nite Jewel – “In the Dark”
From One Second of Love
Ramona Gonzalez achieves a kind of sexy perfection on “In the Dark,” with her refrain of “holding hands in the dark” sounding both romantic and comforting.
The Men – “Open Your Heart”
From Open Your Heart
Brooklyn noise-rock wreckers The Men push even harder into melodic terrain on the title track to their latest, sounding more Buzzcocks than Big Black. It’s still brutal and bold, of course, but catchier than ever.
Belbury Poly – “Green Grass Grows”
From The Belbury Tales
Belbury Poly’s brand of progressive electronic music is odd, upbeat and very, very British. But it’s quite charming, as “Green Grass Grows” displays nicely.
Mirroring – “Fell Sound”
From Foreign Body
Grouper’s Liz Harris and Tiny Vipers’ Jesy Fortino combine to create a haunting, atmospheric and beautiful combo with Mirroring, achieving a mesmerizing perfection with “Fell Sound.”
AlunaGeorge – “You Know You Like It”
From You Know You Like It EP
Up-and-coming UK duo AlunaGeorge does bass music right, fusing dubstep with pop and R&B grooves for something altogether chill, yet danceable and seductive.
Bear in Heaven – “Reflection of You”
From I Love You It’s Cool
Brooklyn’s Bear In Heaven retains a mystical intrigue on their latest, but opt for bigger and brighter hooks, and achieve pop single perfection with “Reflection of You”.
Santigold – “Disparate Youth”
From Master of My Make Believe
Santigold is embarrassed that LMFAO performed at the Super Bowl, which wouldn’t matter much if her own pop skills didn’t give her some moral high ground. On “Disparate Youth,” from her forthcoming album, she makes that perfectly clear.