Jason’s Pick: “Yule Shoot Your Eye Out” – Fall Out Boy
Right around this time of year, there are generally two camps of people – those excited for the holidays and those who dread them. Being pummeled with holiday music for roughly 40 hours a week, it’s been difficult to not fall into the latter. This classic semi-holiday jingle from Fall Out Boy is one of my particular favorites to jam during the holidays as it serves as a fairly merry tune (at least melodically) and a chance to release some of the stress this time of the year can bring.
Steve’s Pick: “Dream, Like I Do” – K Sera
K Sera has been known for style and substance but I don’t think I’ve heard one from the band that’s this engaging. It bursts open and comes out swinging. Switching from frantic guitars to a pulsating 8-Bit rhythm, “Dream, Like I Do” secretes the right amount of energy at the right time, injecting life and pace into its impressive climax. It’s definitely a highlight of the new album, so get your taste of Collisions and Near Misses with this monster.
Jacob’s Pick: “Severance” – Motion City Soundtrack
Hey, I forgot. Motion City Soundtrack’s Making Moves EP might be remembered as a couple of songs that didn’t make Go (I don’t think this is the actual case, though timing dictates memory), but the EP is everything I hoped for from the full-length and didn’t quite receive. This song in particular remains striking upon every listen, loneliness seeping through every note and longing through every word. The line “every heart rents a lonely room” it in contention for my favorite of the year, and the melodies and instrumental bits convey emotion as much as those words do. Sad songs are the best songs, and this is a great sad song. You do the math.
Joe’s Pick: “Hideaway” – Passion Pit
Ever since I heard the electropop wonders Passion Pit would be coming to Chicago in February 2013, I haven’t stopped listening to their latest album Gossamer. Musically, “Hideaway” sounds like a celebration of sorts, and the lyrics offer a comfort that is so heartfelt and relatable that you feel like you’re on top of the world and that, as Michael Angelakos croons, “someday everything will be okay.” If you’re currently feeling down about any aspect of your life, this song is the perfect tonic.
Megan’s Pick: “Slow and Steady” – Of Monsters & Men
Slow and Steady is the first song by Of Monsters & Men I’ve heard. Luckily, it’s consumed my week and opened my ears to the magic. Its slow demeanor and descriptive nature lends to the overall feel, which for me, is overwhelmingly serene. It’s simple, easy to grasp, and relaxing. It’s just a piece of art, really.