The first quarter of a year has never been diverting like this year before. The beginning of the year is usually quiet and tranquil from major releases, as if the musicians are lulled by the cold winter and the warm spring. So, when they all decided to drop their latest songs at the same time, it just feels so surreal and magic. We already heard the first Sufjan Stevens' song after five years of waiting, and Madonna dropped her new album this month, and the synth-pop band Passion Pit surprises us with their latest album, Kindred, out next month and Kendrick Lamar ambushes us with his new album, To Pimp a Butterfly.
It is actually arduous to pick some best songs to make it to this list. I cannot spew all of my favorite songs out since that will be exhausting to write. I still have many things to do (my final project *scoffs*, actually). So, I will only mention 10? Or 15? I do not know, though. This list is actually spontaneous. I decided to write after getting bored of studying for my mid-term.
Either way, in no particular order, these are best songs of 2015... so far.
Madeon - Pay No Mind (feat. Passion Pit)
Leclerq a.k.a. Madeon has everything. He has the face, the age, the girls who scream his name, the talent to create a great song and the experience of working together with Passion Pit. 'Pay No Mind' is really funky, and I am finally be able to distinguish his work from another EDM musicians. As Angelakos, shouted Don't you pay them any mind to the air, both of my hands are up in the air. And trust me, I am not a guy who can easily put his hands on the air.
Years & Years - King
You cannot underestimate this rookie. Years & Years won BBC Sound of 2015, and they beat James Bay, Raury and Wolf Alice (and I know you do not care with them). For your information, this Sound of... polling is like Trelawney's prophecy in terms of predicting future successful musician: it is eerily accurate. It is the same polling who predicts Sam Smith, Haim, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J to be megastar, long before they all are famous. Years & Years' songs are easy to digest, like a Serbu Rame rice porridge in Cisitu. 'King' is heavily filled with synth, and this is not typical, and that is why I like Years & Years. Not a fan of its music video, though.
Westkust - Swirl
I cannot point out why I like this song. 'Swirl' is like any other songs from shoegaze band, but there is something different and something unique from this song.It probably reminds me of a background music from RPG game, even though I know exactly that is not the exact reason.
Tobias Jesso Jr. - How Could You Babe
After I watched Jesso Jr performing 'How Could You Babe' in Jimmy Fallon, my jaws never closed perfectly. That is exaggerating, honestly, but that is actually the exact way to describe Jesso Jr's performance. Stunning. 'How Could You Babe' seems filled with teenage angst and rage, but somehow Jesso Jr. arranges this song to be more mature and more sad. How could you babe? How could you babe? sounds like a scream of agony, and I can't help but cry.