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 week 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.
Sounding like the love child of Frank Ocean and Bon Iver, it's no wonder Colorado songwriter Tom Krell, who performs as How To Dress Well, cites a fondness for everything from the funky jams of Zap and Roger to the haunting chorals of Maggi Payne. Our resident clubs editor Erin Thompson calls his sophomore release Total Loss "freezingly gorgeous" and Pitchfork agrees, flagging the new album as "Best New Music" just as they did his debut, Love Remains. Get a taste of Krell's ethereally icy beats when How To Dress Well plays Barboza this Saturday (12/8).
"I Wanna Be Your Man," Zap and Roger: It's an amazing love jam with a dark history and the most beautiful use of vocoder on the planet.
"Love Without Tragedy," Rihanna: Epic and beautiful song.
"Desertscapes," Maggi Payne: Amazing vocal music by a totally overlooked composer/producer.
"Adorn," Miguel: This song is eternal--so catchy.
"Rosary," Scott Walker: This song is harrowing and so beautiful.