Honestly, I spent most of 2011 obsessing over mod music and glam rock from the ’60s and ’70s, and so I don’t feel quite equipped to compose an authoritative or complete list of the year’s best new sounds. (Besides, the Internet is populated by young bloggers on the hipster tip who are doing just that for me—not that I was into Real Estate, Youth Lagoon or Lana Del Mar in the slightest.) I did, however, spend hours obsessing over certain songs. Below are the five I repeated to an embarrassing degree.
"Still Life" • The Horrors • Skying
"Mirrors" • Crocodiles • Sleep Forever
"Through the Floor" • Crystal Stilts • In Love With Oblivion
"Modern Art" • The Black Lips • Arabia Mountain
“When It's Over" • The Soft Moon • ”Total Decay”