(31) Days of Good: 2012 has come to an end. Between the huge amount of good music this year and a much needed vacation, I have once again failed to recognize everything 2012 had to offer. Thanks to Spotify though, you can at least take a look at the 500+ tracks I believe to be the year’s best. But before I close things out, I still need to talk about one more artist and track. Frank Ocean’s channel Orange was my biggest surprise of the year. I hate most RnB, but Ocean isn’t your typical RnB artist. His lyrics are smart and his production is top notch. He really is a one-of-a-kind artist, with huge crossover appeal. Heck, even my wife like’s him, and she hates RnB more than I do. So without further ado, my biggest surprise of 2012, followed by the (31) Days of Good: 2012 Spotify playlist. Enjoy and Happy New Year.
♩Frank Ocean – Lost [from channel Ocean]
(31) Days of Good: 2012
“‘Dreams So Real,’ which is one of the darkest, greatest things Metric has ever created. It’s one of the boldest musical choices on the album, fit with stripped down instrumentals and deceptively complex composition. This stripped down background works so well because Haines’s words are so honest. ‘Have I ever really helped anyone but myself?’ she asks.” (via Surviving the Golden Age)
♩Metric – Dreams So Real [from Synthetica] (stream on soundcloud)
“‘Now that you’ve grown so wise / Use that head and stop to think a little / Just cause you’re crazy doesn’t mean you’re free,” sings frontman Torquil Campbell on the opening track and first single, “The Theory of Relativity.’ The track, which bumps and throbs to an ‘80s bass line and synth, creates a separation between the watered-down radio hits that have become synonymous with recent pop.” (via Paste)
♩Stars – The Theory of Relativity [from The North]