When I’ve previously kept a blog at the end of a calendar year I’ve half-heartedly attempted to assemble a series of best-of lists. I love reading these year-end lists (it’s one of the best ways for me to discover some great stuff that slipped through the cracks), but I’m crap at making them. #1 and #2 are always solid, but after that I might as well draw names out of a hat.
I won’t backtrack now and rehash my entire list, but for the inaugural Listening Post of Gold Star for Robot Boy, it seems appropriate to share my top song pick of 2012. This year, #1 was a given since early spring when I first heard Clock Opera’s “Belongings.” I’m a fan of melancholy, and what initially drew me to this song was its bittersweet repeating piano figure and the naked regret in singer Guy Connelly’s voice. So far, so maudlin. But what catapults this song into the realm of the classic is its slow build and the way it achieves lift-off at the 3:45 mark, leaving melancholy behind and becoming something defiantly euphoric. I could listen to this thing until my ears bleed.
“Belongings” was my favorite song of the previous year, and Clock Opera’s debut, Ways to Forget, was my favorite album. Still waiting on that American tour.