2012, What a year! Olympics, Jubilee and the end of the Mayan Calendar.
It's time to pick my top 5....
Astronauts, etc - You Can Yell
Astronauts is the musical persona of 21 year-old Berkeley student Anthony Ferraro. You Can Yell is impossible to dislike, it is total brilliance!
Check out more of his tracks on Soundcloud
Hudson Taylor - Drop of Smoke
Brothers Alfie & Harry Hudson knocked me for six with this uplifting folk-pop 3-minute masterpiece. I see great things ahead for these Dubliners!
Cat Power - Ruin
In 2012, Chan Marshall (a.k.a. Cat Power) returned with a curve ball in the shape of her brightest sounding album yet - Sun (pardon the pun). Ruin has a infectious rhythmic piano melody, lyrics based on travel and has everything you should want in a song. Unfortunately, she's recently been unwell and had to cancel her European Tour. We hope you get well soon!
M.Ward - The First Time I Run Away
One of musics hardest working grafters sent me on a marathon with this track from his 2012 album A Wasteland Companion. Mostly known for his work with Monsters of Folk, She and Him and a plethora of others, this beautiful song (& video) got me running again and again!
The Leisure Society - We Were Wasted
Trust me to end the year on a downer! This completely bewitching track featured in the brutal Paddy Constantine masterpiece, Tyrannosaur. I just totally adore this song. Were we wasted? Nah!