As a precursor to our impending year-end list, we’ve asked some of our favorite artists to select their five favorite releases of 2009. The Antlers have quietly become the breakout band of the year. Their third album Hospice has shown up with high placing on year-end lists such as The Music Slut, Stereogum and NPR’s All Things Considered. And just last night they headlined a sold-out Bowery Ballroom. I think you get the point – the album is amazing!
Here are The Antlers’ six favorite songs of the year, according to drummer Michael Lerner:
(In no particular order)…
Bon Iver – “Bloodbank”
Justin Vernon’s soul/folk picked up right where he left off with For
Emma, Forever Ago. Beautiful melody and imagery here.
Sharon Van Etten – “I Wish I Knew”
Can a song be both fragile and powerful at the same time? Absolutely!
Just a gorgeous song. Sharon’s live shows are also a must see.
Phoenix – “1901”
I feel like I heard this song everywhere this year and it still
continues to dominate my iPod. It completely succeeds in striking the
perfect balance between pop and rock.
Grizzly Bear – “While You Wait for the Others”
Such a great song! The verses slyly creep along before exploding into
the soaring chorus. The harmonies in that chorus are amazing! Also
great is the way the downbeat is dropped and lands on the 2 – Love
Dirty Projectors – “No Intention” / “Stillness is the Move”
Ok, maybe I am breaking the rules by choosing both of these songs here
instead of just one, but I don’t care – they are both that good!
2 of the best songs you’ll never hear on Hot 97 but totally could/should.