Album: Pure Heroine—Extended
Released: September 27, 2013
This sensation from New Zealand has made no shortage of headlines; however this song, embedded in her re-issue, Pure Heroine – Extended, remains relatively unknown. Singing over a smooth, pulsing beat with an unusually simple organ in the background, Lorde reinforces why she’s here: her relatability. “If being afraid is a crime, we hang side by side.”
Girls Like You
Artist: The Naked And Famous
Album: Passive Me, Aggressive You
Released: September 6, 2010
From the get-go, the track’s muted yet racing beat and whispered lyrics, which are followed by sudden heavy drums, climax in an epic chorus which cleverly warns—from a detached perspective—that negative actions result in negative consequences. However, the lyrics clearly don’t match the quality of the song: It’s all positive.
Artist: The Jezabels
Released: September 16, 2011
The galloping beat and distant guitar strumming creates a final sound that echoes the song’s lyrical content: “Mesmerizing [….] Paralyzing [.…] (and) something you can feel.” It’s absolutely fantastic.
Artist: Underground Lovers
Released: April 5, 2013
A brilliant song from a lauded alternative band. There’s no denying the awesome guitar riff, so with its quirky beat and simple vocals, your foot will be tapping within the first 10 seconds.