In order to mark the end of this momentous month, I figured a diverse mix of one-off love and non-love tunes that I really enjoy would be appropriate. First off is from a band that I have previously repped on this site, Animal Collective. While I stand by my previous statement that Avey Tare is the weaker singer on Strawberry Jam, I picked up the bands previous release Feels, and was blown away by both the uniqueness of his vocals and lyrics, which give an impression of stream of consciousness despite the evident thought that went into the construction of images and metaphors. Grass is easily the most ‘single-worthy’ track on the record, and for good reason – its beautiful, jarring, and honest.
Next up are the sweet European melodies of a 22 year old from New York, Zach Condon, known also as Beirut. The most recent long player, The Flying Cup Club, is a solid collection of songs. The word swoon gets thrown around a lot in reference to different music, but I definitely think it can accurately describe this track, A Sunday Smile.
Finally Tapes ‘n’ Tapes probably get a bit more attention than they deserve, but its not completely without warrant. The Loon contains a few throw away tracks, but the majority of the songs really get me, especially Manitoba.
And now for the explicitly non-love songs. First comes Man Man. The word crazy, much like swoon, gets overused to describe music, so I won’t use it here. Instead, I will say this – I am absolutely terrified of Man Man. Stay away from my house, but make more songs like this.
Lil’ Wayne is a God. No two ways about it. I can’t express how serious I am when I say this. This qualifies as a non-love song cause he took Young Jeezy‘s ‘I Luv It’ and turned it from terrible to excellent (PUNtacular).
Finally, this song is a little old, but nothing says ‘love’ like a song about strippers. Thanks to The Faint!