I didnt want to make an entire "best of list" cause its kind of late and might be a bit stale at this point. Instead I wanted to choose specific songs and put them into my own categories. I will try to get them all in this week.
The first category I wanted to start with is- The Prettiest song of year. This could be lyrically, musically or both. The song i have chosen encompasses both. That song is "A Sunday Smile" by Beirut. This song was not a clear winner, "Someone Great" by LCD Soundsystem was a close consideration, but this may fall into another category.
The thing that pushed this song to the top of the shelf is the music, itself. It's such a simple and familiar background, but Zach Condon's voice layered on top of each other creates a full choir on this song. Also, the addition of the horns with the gorgeous lyrics produce something very powerful.
This song is off of The Flying Club Cup whis was released in September of last year.
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