Sunday, December 27, 2015

Top 25 Songs of 2015: #9-8

9. Depreston - Courtney Barnett: Most of Barnett's incredible first album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit is a flurry of grunge-laced storytelling; a perfect dichotomy of chunky, fuzzed-out guitars and her laidback Aussie drawl, which aptly walks us through her quirky observations. Nestled alongside the bigger (awesome) garage moments is "Depreston" - a sleepy, almost country-sounding ode to house-hunting in Preston, which is exactly as sad and boring as it sounds thanks to her sliding guitar and barely-there delivery. That's the thing about Barnett, this song and the rest of the album - maybe we never needed to hear about (De)Preston and its coffee shops, but the picture she paints of this juncture in her simple life, and all of its mundane accoutrements, still ends up feeling so worth the listen.

8. Where R Ü Now - Jack Ü (feat. Justin Bieber): When I first looked at the track listing for Skrillex and Diplo's debut album as Jack Ü and saw Justin Bieber's feature credit, based on his recent track record, I predicted that would hands-down be the song I'd like the least. After one listen to the tropical house-heavy collection, I realized the exact opposite and had an inkling we were at the beginning of a bonafide Biebs redemption. Sure enough, the melodic banger (that was apparently a hopeless solo Bieber cut before being dolled up by Skrillex) skyrocketed to a place of summer year-long domination, and Bieber was off to the races thanks to those crafty beatsmiths.

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