As a result of 97 percent of the music industry being busy with SXSW, this week has been lacking in big-deal singles. Hell, the biggest one, Jay Z and Daft Punk’s “Computerized”, is an unreleased demo. But the relative slowness doesn’t mean the following list is in any way weaker than usual. It just means we had to do some extra digging this week. Who would ever complain about that?
10. How to Dress Well – “Words I Don’t Remember”
Tom Krell, aka How to Dress Well, has been so personal in his music as to rattle off names of dead loved ones like he’s scrolling through his contacts list. “Words I Don’t Remember”, meanwhile, is a six-minute helping of tranquilized R&B that doesn’t need words to convey the weight on Krell’s spindly shoulders — rather, the sighs, whirlpool synth progressions, and distant snaps here are sufficient. –Michael Madden