So, we have now arrived at the Top 50. And yes, each song gets a little bit awesomer. No, that’s not a word, and The Ghost don’t care. This is exciting stuff, ya know? Imma shut up now and share some songs, K?
- David Ramirez, “I’m Not Going Anywhere”
This is the kind of song that gives goosebumps to your goosebumps. The production is stark as can be, and that is exactly how it should be for this song. Anything more than the piano and Ramirez’s deeply emotive vocals is just a distraction to the message.
- The Motel Pines, “Circadianism”
Proof that sometimes all a song needs is basic chords and strong hooks. The Motel Pines may not be breaking new musical ground, but they are throwing quite a party on this well explored rock terrain.
- Jessie Frye, “Honey”
Ms. Frye dived head first into the pool of pop music, and the results are as strong as Frye’s fans would expect. Jessie is a musical chameleon, and adapts her style flawlessly to whatever style she chooses. The Ghost is curious to hear more in this musical vein.
- Snow Tha Product, “Waste of Time”
Snow is not good for a girl rapper; her skills on the mic put most men to shame. This is an anthem for anyone that has seen the light as to what a waste of time an ex was. Oh, and you haven’t seen the video, you’ve been missing out on three of the most entertaining minutes you’ll see all year.
- Emmeline, “If You Can’t Love Me”
After months and years of teasing, it looks like 2018 will be the year to Rise. Here’s a sneak peek of the upcoming album. The production on this album (courtesy of Joe Phillips) is quite remarkable, bringing an extra serving of style to Emmeline’s already impeccable songs.
- Sonar Lights, “Reset”
What is it about the title “Reset?” Cut Throat Finches earned the #1 slot in last year’s countdown with a song of the same name. This Sonar Lights composition may have charted lower, but this track finds the band lightening their heavy sound, and the results are gorgeous.
- Devy Stonez, “Up the Stats”
The opening hooked me in instantly, and Stonez’ smooth flow kept me listening throughout the whole track. Here’s to Devy’s stats going up in 2018, again and again.
- Goodnight Ned, “Gaslighting”
Is it just me, or did this track not get the attention it deserved? Goodnight Ned released a powerful and lyrically razor-sharp track, but it seemed like their was less talk about Ned than usual. Maybe everyone somehow didn’t know about the release of the track. Well now you know, and if you’re still sleeping on it, that’s on you.
- Rosegarden Funeral Party, “Horror Music”
Moon Waves is no more. John Kuzmick’s project, Acid Carousel, has deservedly gathered plenty of attention. Let’s not overlook the fact that Moon Wave’s ex-lead singer, Leah Lane, has started this strong, moody new wave-esque project, Rosegarden Funeral Party. Fans of The Cure and Siouxsie will undoubtedly find this track fits their musical taste like a proverbial glove. Side note: if the screams in this song are courtesy of Ms. Lane, she should audition for a horror film.
- Ansley, “Lucky Smoke”
I always knew Ansley, lead singer of Panic Volcanic, could growl with the best of them. This track proved that her voice can be as gorgeous as it can be gravelly. That versality is part of what earned her my Ghosty Award for Best Female Vocalist. As for the track, well, it’s simply beautiful.
That does it for today’s portion of the countdown. Bad news: there will NOT be an installment of the countdown tomorrow. I will have other end of year stuff for you instead. Expect an announcement very, very soon regarding my Top 40. Keep watching this space for more details.