Monday, December 29, 2014

Best Songs of 2014: #7-6


#7. "Brother" - Mac DeMarco

2014 was the year of Mac DeMarco - and, not just on his Canadian home turf. With a shaggy head of hair, ever-present cigarette, shoes that are falling apart and his classic, gap-toothed grin, this new prince of slacker-rock might seem unsuspecting. But, whether Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Spin, or me - this Polaris Prize-nominated 24 year-old has, more often than not, been crowned one of the most promising young rock stars. His most recent album, Salad Days, is filled with woozy blue wave anthems like this one, mostly all recorded in his one-room, pig sty apartment in Brooklyn. Aside from his psychedelic guitar melodies and his lethargic croon, it's safe to say that DeMarco's wacky, larger-than-life persona is exactly what the indie-rock game needed.





#6. "10,000 Emerald Pools" - BØRNS

Speaking of young, psychedelic and game-changing. There's been no dreamier addition to my rotation this year than the music of Garrett Borns, or BØRNS - an LA-transplant whose debut EP, Candy, is quickly gaining the traction it deserves. A colourful first glance into the treehouse-living singer-songwriter's existence, Candy is a delectable blend of accessible synth-pop and energetic rock. As if the polished song composition wasn't enough, BØRNS' exceptional falsetto vocal will have you hanging off his every word. Whether you come from Beach Boys or Queen-loving background, or you just like harmonic, sunshine-dripping tunes, you'll fall in love with BØRNS instantly.



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