Azar Swan — “Amrika”
Not an album, true, but we’d be remiss in recounting the best dark/weird music of the year if we didn’t mention Azar Swan. From the ashes, so to speak, of doom-folk group Religious to Damn, Azar Swan is a band that’s doing everything, absolutely everything, that’s right about dark electronic rubbing shoulders with pop and every other genre. World music? New Age? Bodega-pop-tronic? It’s impossible to categorize this song, about frontwoman Zohra Atash’s immigrant upbringing, but it’s also impossible to forget it.