So I think only two of these songs were actually from this year. I’m terrible at keeping up with what’s new. It starts to give me anxiety after a while when I can’t keep up so I’m trying to ignore the onslaught and just let them find me. And here is where I give you twice as much as what you asked.
Lillies - Bat for Lashes (or really her entire discography) : When I saw a video of her performing this live I knew I was experiencing something magical. When she gets to the climax wailing Thank God I’m Alive!- I can’t describe what that felt like when I heard it the first time.
Oblivion //Symphonia IX – Grimes: I’m not sure how many times I’ve played these songs. I’m still not tired of them. I love her to bits.
Cayucos – Cayucas: I found these guys through an NPR article and it was a surprisingly perfect summer album. This is the first song on the album and it’s one of those great first-song-on-the-album songs (one of the best being My Name is Jonas).
Funtimes in Babylon//Only Son of a Ladies Man – Father John Misty: I loved his song and video for Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings last year, and in July I remembered about him and decided to look up the album and it is now one of my favorite albums ever. These songs in particular are my favorites on the album. He does this oddly comforting thing of repeating lines in threes at the end of these songs that I just love.
Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf: I think I listened to this song on repeat for three days and I was still crying every time. This is the greatest Halloween discovery of the year.
Holocene – Bon Iver: I missed the boat on the whole Bon Iver thing and I still don’t like most of his stuff, but this song is perfect.
If I Had a Heart – Fever Ray: Hands down the creepiest song I found this year. This lady is a genius and I wish she would release some more music.
Head On – Man Man: Because Man Man. And the message is fantastic. And doo wop. Just all of it. Ryan Kattner, please have my babies.