We’re approaching that time of year when everybody starts to exercise their desire to compile this year’s music into a look-how-cool-I-am list. Unfortunately, these lists tend to disproportionately favour songs and albums that were released earlier in the year as later releases haven’t enjoyed the same amount of time to leave a lasting effect on their listeners.
Instead, this column will share some of this writer’s favourite songs of the year (which will likely continue into next year), in no particular order, and we hope you do the same in the comments section below.
Kicking things off is Ontario quartet Timber Timbre and their elegant, maudlin title track from their fifth studio album Hot Dreams. The atmospheric track illustrates lead-singer Taylor Kirk’s spooky, unsettling songwriting style, yet contains an equal measure of comfort and sensuality. This strange juxtaposition has been evident throughout much of the band’s career to date and, this track particularly, wouldn’t sound out of place on a mind-bending David Lynch scene.
The track also features a saxophone solo from fellow-Canadian and experimental jazz artist, Colin Stetson, which periodically returns to the same note – and which is ingeniously struck with increasing frequency each time it is returned to – as the tracks builds to a close.