Song obsessions are those songs that we listen to on repeat. I noticed that my obsessions are often a week long. I also thought that other people might have similar obsessions. I’ve collected a panel of a few like-minded individuals and gotten their “song obsessions of the week.” Quite often it’s easy to explain why the song is good; it’s much hard to explain why we’re obsessed. Maybe you’ll become obsessed with one of these.
It’s not often that I’m obsessed with two songs in a week, but both of these were requiring the ‘repeat’ button heavily.
I heard the new Bon Iver track and was hooked immediately. Not employing as much falsetto as most for of the track on the 2008 best album For Emma, Forever Ago, but otherwise pretty similar stylistically. It’s another gorgeous song from Bon Iver. This songs is consciously a winter song–snow and Christmas are in there–and that probably helps it have a little extra hook as the season’s strong in my mind.
I’m pretty ambivalent about Damon Albarn and I’m not a big fan of Western producers thinking they know what’s best for non-Western artists, but this song and especially it’s beginning–the off kilter tuned percussion and distorted guitar–were pretty intriguing to me.
Saturday Looks Good To Me is one of those bands that sneaks up on me with appreciation. Upon first listen a song or two will appear to be the clear winners, but repeated exposure reveals subtler efforts that become obsession worthy. This one comes from a CD-R I purchased from the band, and contains a re-worked and rawer version of a previously released song that works so much better for me.