We all get something different out of the music we consume. Some listen for entertainment, while others put on a record for emotional and mental stimulation. There are even those strange few who don’t actively listen to music at all. It’s fascinating and complex the way a song can affect our brains, the number of endorphins triggered, which is then translated into what we call “personal taste.” This week’s countdown traverses the musical spectrum of colors and tonalities, from the pitch blacks of Triptykon, to the bright jangles of The War on Drugs and William Tyler. Each is an exemplary representation of its respective genre — a true collage when culled into a list of 10. We can’t guarantee that you’ll like every song, but we do know that you will feel something when you listen to them.
10. Sleep Party People – “In Another Wrld”
At first glance, Sleep Party People seems like a cookie-cutter EDM act. Not to mention, the “electronica” tag on their BandCamp page doesn’t help their case. The opening seconds of “In Another World” prove otherwise, wearing a dark, experimental complexion. Its whispered acoustic guitar weaves beautifully amongst its drums, psychedelic feedback, and screeching string arrangements, making it seem fitting for a haunted house. Brian Batz, the man behind the project, only adds to that effect with his falsettoed fairy tale lyrics, forming a reoccurring nightmare that’s hard to shake. Batz will narrate more haunting tales on his upcoming LP, Floating, due June 2nd via Blood and Biscuits. –-Sam Willett