1. Neon Indian – “Sleep Paralysist”
Following his psychedelicious debut last year, Alan Palomo continues his electronic journey through retro synths, mellow bittersweet vocals, and a terminally chill ending.
2. Jamaica – “I Think I Like U 2”
Like a well-thought-out reply to Donora’s “I Think I Like You,” the French duo mixes an epic chord progression with an infectious chorus into a head-bopping disease. All with the blessing of Justice.
3. OK Go – “This Too Shall Pass (Passion Pit Remix)”
This isn’t really a remix as much as it is a complete Michael Angelakos reworking, with Passion Pit’s trademark falsetto croon, R & B drumbeat down, and post-ecstasy synths.
4. Cults – “Go Outside”
With nothing more than a xylophone, grooving guitar, and nostalgia-filled harmonies, Cults makes you want to open a window or two (in the car, on the way to the beach).
5. Wolf Gang – “Back to Back”
The return of Wolf Gang brings a shift between octaves in their xx-esque verses and pre-Congratulations MGMT choruses that may eventually lead you to the summery music video.
6. Kamp! – “Breaking A Ghost’s Heart”
These relatively unknown Polish electropoppers craft a lightly electronic beginning that segues into an all-out guitar solo and repeating machinist lick for a solid four minute dance session.
7. Blank Spaces – “Magic”
Like a dusty vinyl you found hiding in your father’s record collection, “Magic” has a timeless feel; bass-driven vocals and ambiguous lyrics will resonate with your pop sensibilities of the now.
8. Feathers– “Falling Asleep”
With a beginning that sounds like a muffled “Steal My Sunshine,” Feathers continues this bouncy ‘90s indie pop in the vein of The Magnetic Fields if teenagers were fronting.
9. Cloud Nothings – “Morgan”
This lo-fi gem from Ohioan one-man show, Dylan Baldi, is a perfect blend of the coastline haziness of Toro Y Moi and the raw energy of Dinosaur Jr.
10. MGMT – “Congratulations”
The arguably better of the two leaked songs from MGMT’s upcoming sophomore album has an uncharacteristically laidback vibe that secures the band from being pigeonholed as a meme. Yes, we were indeed saving the best for last.