The latest instalments of personal Top Tens comes from regular MM contributor Polly Pocket.
10. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
I always find myself smiling and shouting along to this one in equal measure. A ton of lyrics that shouldn’t work together but somehow sound perfect. I’ve always loved origami.
9. Noah Gundersen – Slow Dancer
This is a beauty. A simple tune, full of emotion. Best listened to fairly loud.
8. James McMurty – Copper Canteen
Thank you MM for bringing this to my attention this summer. I first heard it with a very cold beer in hand trying to find some shade from the very hot Spanish sun. I’m taken back there every time I listen to it.
7. Bjork – Stonemilker
I’ve never been a massive Bjork fan but Stonemilker is such a beautiful track I knew early on in the year it would make its way into my top ten. Bjork’s unmistakeable voice against the strings throughout is a heartbreaking combination. Love it.
6. The Decemberists – Make You Better
Long awaited and worth it. Folk meets pop in a great partnership here. Enjoy.
5. Tow’rs – The Kitchen
A beautiful folk song beautifully sung by these married two. Such lovely harmonies to be found in words that make you think “you don’t say you love me, so I’ll do the same”.
4. Gaz Coombes – 20/20
The unmistakable voice of Gaz Coombes. This is a late entry to my top ten. Possibly my most grown up choice? The gospel chorus alone earns it a place here.
3. Ghostpoet – Off Peak Dreams
A bleak, gritty kind of tune. A little hypnotic and not always the easiest to listen to, but awesome none the less.
2. Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Mouthpiece
I have Mr Pocket to thank for this brilliant tune. It was a happy day when he introduced me to this, the stand out track from the album Club Meds. Fast paced, full of drama.
1. Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin
This is the classiest song of the year for sure. I was hooked the first time Vile sings that he “didn’t recognise the man in the meeeror”! It builds beautifully with great lyrics to match. I regularly find parts of the song stay with me as very welcome earworms. There is no doubt, it deserves the no.1 spot.