As opposed to our favorite songs, or songs we'd like to think define our listening habits, taking a look at what a person actually listens to can be far more revealing. With that in mind, every Wednesday we ask an artist to take a look at the most-played songs in their iTunes libraries and share with us the results. We do this on the honor system, and we ask our subjects to share a few words about each song.
An well-regarded EP (Surf Noir) and full-length release (The Palace Garden) into their young career, Seattle's Beat Connection arranges layers of clean synths and delicate samples over an urban electro landscape. Like the unpredictable climes from which they hail, one minute the sound is moody and overcast, with tracks like "Invisible Cities" inviting comparisons to the brooding grooves of The Knife and Ratatat; the next, it's a LCD Soundsystem-styled dance party with "The Other Side of the Sky." The troupe is currently on tour and founding member Jordan Koplowitz took a moment to share the top played songs on his iPod--including a tune " that gives you the feeling of experiencing something beautiful for the first time."
Beat Connection play Neumos this Saturday (11/17) with Sorne, ODESZA, and Lila Rose.
"Archangel," Burial: One of the most emotional songs I have heard, yet not overbearing. A song I always go to in winter time.
"Body Language," New Day: Very different than "Archangel," a happy and driving song, and I really dig the production.
"Ungirthed," Purity Ring: This was probably my favorite song for like a 3 months period when I first heard it.
"Booty Slammer," Velour: Surprised this one is on the list, but I'm okay with it. It's a deep kind of sexual dance song with great bass that will make any late night dance session feel amazing.
"Neu Chicago," Clive Tanaka y Su Orquesta: Also one of my favorite songs for a 3 month period, really couldn't and still can't get enough of this track.
"Boy From School," Hot Chip: A classic, and probably one of my favorite songs of all time.
"Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Beta version)," Saint Etienne: This song just makes me feel rad whenever I listen to it, especially driving at night.
"Oh, Naoko," Sun Airway: This is one of those songs that gives you the feeling of experiencing something beautiful for the first time.
"Folds," Thrupence: My new favorite 'ambient' producer, and actually probably the best production and composition I've heard in a while.
"Heartbeats," The Knife: Also a classic and one of the most interesting takes on pop music I've ever heard. The Knife will forever stay one of my most admired bands.