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, we’re again changing up the format with the hope of giving our selections some added weight. We’re still posting about our 10 favorite songs, but they’ll be ordered in quality from 10-1. Who takes home #1 this week? You’ll have to click ‘Next’ to find out.
10. Hey Marseilles – “Bright Stars Burning”
Hey Marseilles hail from Seattle, and just like their Washington brethren Death Cab for Cutie, they write gentle indie pop that aims straight for the heart. “After all these years, you are leaving here despite what should be otherwise,” frontman Matt Bishop calls. His voice is strong and controlled, set amidst a smattering of low-key instrumentation. He’s brokenhearted, yearning to know why the relationship had to end. Nick Ward’s guitar peeks out as the notes grow louder and the chords hit harder. By the end of the track, Bishop is still unfulfilled, though he’s beginning to understand why his lover left him. “Bright Stars Burning” is the lead single from Hey Marseilles’ forthcoming LP, Lines We Trace (out March 5th). -Jon Hadusek