D'Angelo - Really Love
I'll go out on a limb and call this my favorite track of 2014. Such a wonderfully constructed song, both in writing and production. That jazzy bass line, plucky acoustic guitar, swelling strings, and smooth falsetto. It's a sweet, sad tune that's been on heavy rotation since it came out.
Tame Impala (Erol Alkan Rework)- Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind
I'm usually not into these bonus track remix/rework things, but I'm glad I gave this one a shot. It's one of the few cases where I actually listen to the rework more than the original track. Erol Alkan masterfully reworks this psychedelic track, upping the "bite" on the guitar riff and layering it over a minimalist backbeat, leaving an infectious Ratatat-esque feel to it.
Elliott Smith - The Last Hour
This is a deep cut off of From A Basement On The Hill. I overlooked it for years, but it's a real hidden gem that I keep coming back to. Elliott's voice sounds so thin and wavering, weaving that delicate melody over the finger-picked verse. Love the acoustic guitar interlude, too.
Real Estate - Past Lives
Honestly, I'm very late to the game with this band. I've only just now given them a serious listen, after someone compared a track off my latest EP to their sound. It's right up my alley - simple, nicely crafted tunes, clean arpeggiated guitar and heavy reverbed vocals. I love the melody and lovelorn lyrics on this one
Takénobu - Shady Grove
A fresh interpretation of a classic 18th century folk song, from cellist Takénobu. I love the layered cello refrain, the simple orchestration, and his clean, no-frills vocal delivery.