The top mp3s have gone through many incarnations since the beginning of Consequence of Sound in 2007. What used to be an exhaustive roundup of all the singles, remixes, covers, and undiscovered gems emailed to us any given week evolved into a compilation whittled down to our 10 favorite new songs. For 2013, were again changing up the format with the hope of giving our selections some added weight. Were still posting about our 10 favorite songs, but theyll be ordered in quality from 10-1. Who takes home #1 this week? Youll have to click Next to find out.
10. Baths Ironworks
Will Wiesenfeld (who records under the moniker Baths) can carry a haunting melody in addition to cutting some seriously violent drum loops, Ironworks being a prime example. After a stark piano intro, Wiesenfeld begins methodically layering texture upon texture, starting with the aforementioned percussion. The instrumentation quivers anxiously, uncertain. In contrast, Wiesenfelds falsetto has never sounded so confident. After lead single “Miasma Sky”, Ironworks is the second track from Baths forthcoming LP, Obsidian. -Jon Hadusek
9. Goat – “Dreambuilding”
It might be hard to tell through all of the alt percussion shaking and desert rock riffage on “Dreambuilding”, but Goat are actually a pack of Swedes. Crowd-chanted vocals clamber around on top of staccato guitars and dozens of shakers, psychedelic wah, and far-off kalimbas shambling into the song at different points. After initiating the ritual, a lone guitar ascends like a shaman into the ether, rattling and crowing into the night. “Dreambuilding” is already out in Goat’s native Scandinavia, but will be released as a 7″ single in Europe on June 3rd via Rocket, and everywhere else the next day via Sub Pop. Stream over at Pitchfork. -Adam Kivel