earthings! 2018: My ten favorites of the year

It’s our very last post for 2018, which means it’s time to reveal my ten favorite songs of the year – although chances are, if you’ve been reading this blog more religiously than most, or have a good idea of what I am into, then you’d have guessed some of the songs on this list. For this year, I decided not to have a massive reckoning some time from the beginning of December (too much pressure, that) but instead made up this list as the year went along. It didn’t make it easier: the tenth song (again, this list is in alphabetical order) was added just a few days ago, and that was a song I actually took off the list. I won’t tell you what that is… [NB]

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“I need you sticking around ’cause there’s something about you.”

“Future Me Hates Me” by the Beths | Well, this one’s fun. It’s tight, it’s clippy, and it’s really fun, even if the lyrics are a bit more hesitant – and that’s how you marvel at how, well, fun this song is. The band is called the Beths; they’re from New Zealand, and apparently they’ve just released their debut album last week, although this single dropped three months ago or so. I chanced upon this song on a random weekend drive – not that random, but you know what I mean – and what struck me is the clash, of sorts, between the garage stylings of the band and the sweet, almost drowned-out vocals of Elizabeth Stokes. Somehow that clicked for me, and here we are writing about them. Must try the album. [NB]