Tracks of 2015 (Index)

Yes, it’s back.

*blows cobwebs off blog, has asthma attack*

Back in 2013 I had an idea. You can see the Index for that idea here. Very pop-orientated. Very mainstream. I have pop sensibility and like a chorus strong enough to use as ballast, but really, I’m surprised by my choices coming across as more Radio 2 than 6Music. I would not choose the same list, nor put it in the same order now.

One year later is my 2014 Index . It is certainly less mainstream, maybe not organised quite how I would if doing it again (opening with Katy B, now there’s a misunderstanding about drawing in readers).

This year has seen my Spotify, SoundCloud, and ‘tucked in the back of the brain’ longlists growing by the week. Soon I will confirm the results of all that here – and as ever, the chosen 24 songs are presented in no particular order. In so many ways, this ain’t a chart.

  1. Grimes, “REALiTI”
  2. Richard Lomax, “Hôtel X”
  3. Sia, “Alive”
    4. Gwenno, “Patriarchaeth”
    5. Holly Herndon, “Interference”
    6. Florence and The Machine, “Ship to Wreck”
    7. Teleman, “Strange Combinations”
    8. George Fitzgerald ft Boxed In, “Full Circle”

9. Taylor Swift, “Style”
10. Then Thickens, “My Amsterdam”
11. Death Cab For Cutie, “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive”
12. Nick Jonas, “Jealous

13. Björk, “Stonemilker”
14. Loïc Nottet, “Rhythm Inside”

15. Polypores, “The Sleep Department Advise You NOT to Leave the House”
16. Everything Everything, “Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread”
17. Girl Friend, “Poison”
18. Slug, “Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic”
19. New Order, “Plastic”
20. The Slow Readers Club, “I Saw a Ghost”

21. Giorgio Moroder ft Britney Spears, “Tom’s Diner”
22. John Grant ft Tracy Grant, “Disappointing”
23. Twin Hidden, “A Berry Bursts”

24. Daphne and Celeste, “You & I Alone”

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“Aura/Burqa” – good/gaga

New Lady Gaga single “Aura” (or possibly “Burqa”, and I can already tell you that subtlety ends there) has been leaked to numerous sites. I won’t host it here but it’s over on Soundcloud and the Idolator site.

If Gaga wanted her forthcoming “ARTPOP” album to cause a stir then an electro-clash headache of a song about oppression of women and freedom of expression certainly does that. Especially if her army of Twitter fans happen to follow the #twitttersilence campaign, they could tie it all together. Of course “Aura” isn’t particularly good a song on first listen. It’s very heavy handed, not so much lifting the veil as covering it in rainbow colours and running down the street yelling “FREE YOURSELVES GIRLS!”. This is sexuality as done by the “Sex and the City” actresses, to be frank.

All I can hear is a messy mash-up of four or five different songs in a very weak impression of Madonna-via-Peaches-via-Jan Moir. Heavy handed and cluttered, overly contrived and very confused. I get the impression “ARTPOP” is going to be an attempt at ART and almost no POP.  Here’s to the inevitable ballad as a follow up “accidental leak”…..