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Songs of 2020 Discussion Thread

Post by mileswide » Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:22 pm

The songs equivalent of the Albums of 2020 Discussion Thread as you might have worked out!

Again, it'll be left open for the entire year to drop your thoughts on individual songs released in 2020, be they non-album singles, choice album cuts, your favourites, biggest disappointments or any other descriptors I haven't mentioned!

The Slow Rush is going to need a few listens from me but god, there's a moment in the closing One More Hour where angels descend, no word of exaggeration. Already, I can see it being up there with Tame Impala's greatest.
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Post by PlasticRam » Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:45 pm

I really liked Currents, but I don't like The Slow Rush that much. It just doesn't sound dope sonically.
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Post by Schüttelbirne » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:10 pm

Maybe an unpopular opinion: The theme song for the new James Bond movie, Billie Eilish's "No Time to Die", is just as uninteresting as most of her album. I thought after the great "everything i wanted" I could warm up to her music, but it seems that was an exception.

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Post by DaveC » Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:43 pm

Schüttelbirne wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:10 pm
Maybe an unpopular opinion: The theme song for the new James Bond movie, Billie Eilish's "No Time to Die", is just as uninteresting as most of her album. I thought after the great "everything i wanted" I could warm up to her music, but it seems that was an exception.
Agreed. 'everything I wanted' made me go back and listen to the album again, but while it is clearly one step beyond Lorde, and can be appreciated for that, it just isn't very enjoyable. 'everything I wanted' does suggest that Billie Eilish may yet have a great album in her.

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Post by mileswide » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:15 am

PlasticRam wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:45 pm
I really liked Currents, but I don't like The Slow Rush that much. It just doesn't sound dope sonically.
Sound-wise, it's not that different to my ears from Currents, just less variety, more compression and flanging all over the shop when Kevin Parker's ran out of ideas.

I might be able to get past that but there are hints throughout that he's not interested any more in making music or at least not this kind of music and that's harder to shake.

One More Hour and Borderline (the original or the album version) are still awesome to me though!
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Post by spiritualized » Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:08 pm

Showing my love for "Different Light" from Best Coast, a band I never heard of. My obsession of the moment, on heavy rotation.
It's on the AMF chart next week.

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Post by acroamor » Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:44 pm

spiritualized wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:08 pm
Showing my love for "Different Light" from Best Coast, a band I never heard of. My obsession of the moment, on heavy rotation.
It's on the AMF chart next week.
This song is a bit of a departure from their usual sound. For my money, their debut single/debut album combo ("Sun Was High [So Was I], Crazy for You) is one of the strongest in recent memory.

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Post by andyd1010 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:44 am

Anyone have any thoughts on the album version of Borderline by Tame Impala, as opposed to last year's single? I like them both, but they're pretty different.

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Post by andyd1010 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:02 am

On a similar note, is there any difference between the "Art Mix" of My Name Is Dark on the album, compared to the single that came out in November? I didn't notice a difference on first listen.

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Post by prosecutorgodot » Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:40 am

andyd1010 wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:44 am
Anyone have any thoughts on the album version of Borderline by Tame Impala, as opposed to last year's single? I like them both, but they're pretty different.
I didn't know they were different versions. I think I like the new version better? I was surprised to find that it had drawn my attention while perusing the whole record, because I had completely forgotten the single. I just thought I had warmed up to the song before seeing this post.
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Post by mileswide » Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:50 pm

andyd1010 wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:44 am
Anyone have any thoughts on the album version of Borderline by Tame Impala, as opposed to last year's single? I like them both, but they're pretty different.
The world would've still kept turning if it hadn't been remixed but I do prefer the album version by a matter of margins- even though the drums are louder, they feel less intrusive by having more synth running all the way through. I'm more likely to favour any recording that stops rather than fades out as well and most of the extra time of the original is the fade-out. Do you have any preference?
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Post by andyd1010 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:15 pm

mileswide wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:50 pm
andyd1010 wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:44 am
Anyone have any thoughts on the album version of Borderline by Tame Impala, as opposed to last year's single? I like them both, but they're pretty different.
The world would've still kept turning if it hadn't been remixed but I do prefer the album version by a matter of margins- even though the drums are louder, they feel less intrusive by having more synth running all the way through. I'm more likely to favour any recording that stops rather than fades out as well and most of the extra time of the original is the fade-out. Do you have any preference?
I tend to agree. I like the more pronounced bassline on the new one. And what does this mean for EOY? I'm guessing this version will be considered too similar to be eligible?

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Post by Sweepstakes Ron » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:25 pm

Oddly, Apple Music has two versions of the album, with seemingly the only difference being which version of "Borderline" it contains.
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Post by notbrianeno » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:57 am

Current Top 10:
Yves Tumor | "Gospel For A New Century"
Grimes | "Delete Forever"
Tame Impala | "On Track"
The Weeknd | "After Hours"
Caribou | "Never Come Back"
Halsey | "You should be sad"
Tame Impala | "Lost In Yesterday"
Tame Impala | "One More Hour"
Mitski | "Cop Car'
The Strokes | "At The Door"
Current AOTY 2020: Fiona Apple | Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Current SOTY 2020: Charli XCX | "visions"

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Post by Jap123 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:16 pm

The new perfume genius song is probably the best he's ever released - unexpected shoegaze/noise pop direction

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Post by Jackson » Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:20 pm

This year has gotten off to a hot start on the songs side. Some favorites so far in rough order:

Jessie Ware - Spotlight
Christine & The Queens - La vita nuova (feat. Caroline Polachek)
Caribou - Never Come Back

070 Shake - Guilty Conscience
Perfume Genius - Describe
TOPS - I Feel Alive
Soccer Mommy - circle the drain
Kelly Lee Owens - Melt!
Disclosure - Tondo
Magdalena Bay - Airplane
Yves Tumor - Kerosene!

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Post by Nick » Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:55 pm

Some early favorites...

Destroyer- Cue Synthesizer
Tame Impala- One More Year
Waxahatchee- Lilacs
Yves Tumor- Kerosene!
Yves Tumor- Gospel for a New Century
Bob Dylan- Murder Most Foul
Soccer Mommy- Circle the Drain
A.A.L (Against All Logic) (featuring Lydia Lunch)- If You Can't Do It Good, Do It Hard
Dua Lipa- Hallucinate
Dua Lipa- Break My Heart

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Post by prosecutorgodot » Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:55 pm

Songs (January to March)
1 | Tops | I Feel Alive
2 | Joji | Run
3 | Swmrs x FIDLAR | PEOPLE
4 | HMLTD | Satan, Luella & I
5 | Eminem | Darkness
6 | Natalia Lafourcade | Veracruz
7 | Megan Thee Stallion | Diamonds (ft. Normani)
8 | Pleasure Craft | Work It Out (ft. Mingjia)
9 | Rina Sawayama | Comme des Garçons (Like the Boys)
10 | HMLTD | LOADED
11 | Dua Lipa | Love Again
12 | Horse Lords | People's Park
13 | Norah Jones | I'm Alive
14 | HMLTD | Blank Slate
15 | Run the Jewels | Ooh LA LA (ft. Greg Nice & DJ Premier)

Honorable Mentions (alphabetical):
100 gecs | ringtone (Remix) (ft. Charli XCX, Rico Nasty, Kero Kero Bonito)
Anna Calvi | Don't Beat the Girl Out of My Boy
Bree Runway | APESHIT
Brockhampton | Sugar (Remix) (ft. Dua Lipa)
Caroline Rose | Freak Like Me
Clarence Clarity | (Maybe) In Another Timeline We're Still Good (But I Doubt It) [Part 1]
Chromatics | Famous Monsters
CJ Fly | Show You
Dos Monos | Rojo
Dua Lipa | Levitating
Girlpool | Like I'm Winning It
Gorillaz | Désolé (ft. Fatoumata Diawara)
Gorillaz | Momentary Bliss (ft. slowthai, Slaves)
Hatebreed | When the Blade Drops
Hot Snakes | I Shall Be Free
Igorrr | Very Noise
Itzy | Wannabe
JARV IS... | House Music All Night Long
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit | Be Afraid
Kesha | Birthday Suit
The Killers | Caution
The Lemon Twigs | The One
Lido Pimienta | Nada
Lil Nas X | Rodeo (ft. Nas)
Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White | My Brother Loves Seagulls
MGMT | As You Move Through the World
Missy Elliott | Why I Still Love You
Nap Eyes | Mark Zuckerberg
Nicole Atkins | Captain
Quelle Chris | Sudden Death
The Radio Dept. | You Fear the Wrong Thing Baby
Rina Sawayama | XS
Shopping | For Your Pleasure
Squarepusher | Terminal Slam
Swain | Cross Bones Style [cover]
Tame Impala | One More Hour
U.S. Girls | 4 American Dollars
Yaeji | Waking Up Down
"Hand-held dream, shot in hell... Deep-space ghetto I ain't seen before... I've seen footage, I'm so noided...," some of the greatest lyrics of all time

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Post by Nick » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:40 pm

Nick wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:55 pm
Some early favorites...

Destroyer- Cue Synthesizer
Tame Impala- One More Year
Waxahatchee- Lilacs
Yves Tumor- Kerosene!
Yves Tumor- Gospel for a New Century
Bob Dylan- Murder Most Foul
Soccer Mommy- Circle the Drain
A.A.L (Against All Logic) (featuring Lydia Lunch)- If You Can't Do It Good, Do It Hard
Dua Lipa- Hallucinate
Dua Lipa- Break My Heart
Add these five songs to this list...

Thundercat- Dragonball Durag
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever- She's There
The 1975- Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America
Dixie Chicks- Gaslighter
Gum Country- Somewhere
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Post by Nick » Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:08 am

Just found out about this song thanks to Stereogum. It's some really, really good stuff. Recommended if you like fuzzy twee stuff like Alvvays and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart:

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Post by Nick » Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:05 pm

Just had another listen to the new Fiona Apple album. I think my favorites are "Shameika" and "Heavy Balloon", so you can throw those songs on my favorites list as well.

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Post by Jackson » Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:15 pm

Nick wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:05 pm
Just had another listen to the new Fiona Apple album. I think my favorites are "Shameika" and "Heavy Balloon", so you can throw those songs on my favorites list as well.
I think FTBC tracks are going to split votes like crazy this year, especially since there weren't any singles released prior to the album. My favorites so far are Heavy Balloon, Newspaper, and Cosmonauts.

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Post by Nick » Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:14 pm

The new 1975 song "If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)" came out today and I'm in love with it. Might be my SOTY so far.

Also, shoutouts to...

Everything Everything- In Birdsong
The Rolling Stones- Living in a Ghost Town

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Post by Jackson » Wed May 06, 2020 6:38 pm

My songs of the year so far are something like:

Tier 1
Jessie Ware - Spotlight
Christine & The Queens - La vita nuova (feat. Caroline Polachek)

These two instant classics came out on the same day in February and will be battling for my SOTY all year.

Tier 2
070 Shake - Guilty Conscience
Caribou - Never Come Back
Charli XCX - forever
Disclosure - Tondo
Fiona Apple - Heavy Balloon
Perfume Genius - Describe
Yves Tumor - Gospel for a New Century

Tier 3
Against All Logic - If Loving You Is Wrong
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround 2
Bicep - Atlas
Dogleg - Fox
Duke Dumont & RY X - Let Me Go
Dua Lipa - Break My Heart
Fiona Apple - Newspaper
Flume & Toro y Moi - The Difference
Four Tet - Baby
Grimes - IDORU
Hayley Williams - Simmer
Kelly Lee Owens - Melt!
Magdelena Bay - Airplane
Rina Sawayama - XS
Purity Ring - stardew
Squid - Sludge
The Weeknd - Blinding Lights (Chromatics Remix)
Thundercat - Black Qualls
Tops - I Feel Alive
Yaeji - Waking Up Down

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Post by Nick » Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:08 am

My 20 favorite songs of the year, in alphabetical order...

1. A.A.L (Against All Logic) (featuring Lydia Lunch)- If You Can't Do It Good, Do It Hard
2. Bob Dylan- Murder Most Foul
3. Charli XCX- Forever
4. Destroyer- Cue Synthesizer
5. Dixie Chicks- Gaslighter
6. Dua Lipa- Break My Heart
7. Dua Lipa- Hallucinate
8. Everything Everything- In Birdsong
9. Gum Country- Somewhere
10. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever- She's There
11. Soccer Mommy- Circle the Drain
12. Tame Impala- One More Year
13. Terrace Martin and Denzel Curry- Pig Feet
14. The 1975- If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)
15. The 1975- Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America
16. The Rolling Stones- Living in a Ghost Town
17. Thundercat- Dragonball Durag
18. Waxahatchee- Lilacs
19. Yves Tumor- Gospel for a New Century
20. Yves Tumor- Kerosene!

I'll have to add something from Alfredo and RTJ4 to this list once I've had some more time to digest the albums.

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