Mental Jukebox: Best of 2015 Countdown (#25-21)

Monday (#25):   Atlas Genius “Molecules”

Atlas Genius is a South Australian band from Adelaide, founded by brothers Keith and Michael Jeffery. They first hit the radar with the single “Trojans” in 2011, although their debut album didn’t follow until 2013. “Molecules” is the first single from their second album “Inanimate Objects” released in August 2015. Critics heralded it as a major leap forward for the band, with its deep production, intelligent lyrics and catchy 80’s-style synth-pop hooks. As a child of the MTV era I can’t deny this track feels a bit like home!   


Tuesday (#24): In The Valley Below “Peaches”

In The Valley Below is a band from Echo Park, CA led by Jeffrey Jacob Mendel of Tennessee and Angela Gail Mattson of Michigan. They met in Los Angeles while playing with various local bands around the LA music scene. Their debut album “The Belt” was listed among the 10 Best Albums by LA Artists in 2014. The single “Peaches” peaked on the U.S. Billboard charts in May 2015. The song is softly understated with a lovely blend of vocal harmonies and a haunting chorus. ”We won’t live too long, so let’s love for one song…”


Wednesday (#23):   Disclosure feat. Lorde “Magnets”

Disclosure are an English electronic music sibling duo (Guy and Howard Lawrence) whose parents were professional musicians. They’ve had several previous hits including the #1 single “Latch” (featuring Sam Smith), but the hypnotically seductive track “Magnets” (featuring and co-written by Lorde) is the first one that really pulled me in. Let’s embrace the point of no return.


Thursday (#22):   BORNS “Electric Love”

Despite the Swedish styling of his stage name, Garrett Borns is an American singer-songwriter from Michigan. The song “Electric Love” first appeared on the aptly named EP “Candy”, described by some critics as an “irresistible treat of sugary melodies”. With its sweet sixties retro-pop flavor, “Electric Love” fits right in. Looking forward to hearing more from this singer-songwriter whose debut album Dopamine was released in October 2015.


And here’s a bonus acoustic duet version of the song featuring another personal favorite, Zella Day!


Friday (#21):   Life In Film “Get Closer”

Life In Film is an British indie rock/jangle pop quartet from East London. The band claims a mix of influences that include The Smiths, The Doors and David Bowie, but this song puts me more in mind of The Fratellis. The upbeat and catchy yet laid-back “Get Closer”, which hit #35 on the Top Alternative Songs chart in 2015, opens with the dulcet sounds of a Glockenspiel. How could I resist? The debut album “Here It Comes” was released in May 2015.

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