Album: Jump Rope Gazers
Artist: The Beths
Release Date: July 10, 2020
Label: Carpark Records
- I’m Not Getting Excited
- Jump Rope Gazers
- Do You Want Me Now
The New Zealand quartet lead by vocalist Elizabeth Stokes performs perfect power pop. The Beths draw on a lot of pop/rock traditions but never seem to be derivative. The songs are head boppers while the lyrics are tender and introspective. In short, it’s perfect music for rocking out in a Covid Summer.
Note: The Beths’ “Future Me Hates Me” was my 19th favorite song of 2018.
It’s that time of the year for my list of favorite songs. I’m doing things a little differently this year. First, I have 25 songs to recognize this year (plus one honorable mention). Second, I’m ranking them. Third, I’ll be publishing the list over three posts today. I’ve limited the list to one song per artist, lest I just list the entirety of Dirty Computer.
Let’s get started!
Honorable Mention: “BAMM” :: Milo Manheim, Meg Donnelly, Kylee Russell (from Zombies)
25. “Hollywood (feat. Snoop Dogg & Jamie Principle)” :: Gorillaz
24. “Baby Luv” :: Nilüfer Yanya
23. “Tear Me to Pieces” :: Meg Myers
22. “Loneliest Girl” :: Princess Chelsea
21. “May Your Kindness Remain” :: Courtney Marie Andrews
20. “Semicircle Song” :: The Go! Team
19. “Future Me Hates Me” :: The Beths
18. “Under the Wheels” :: Calexico
17. “In Your Beat” :: Django Django
16. “Before the Waters Get too High” :: Parquet Courts
Stay tuned for part two!
Favorite Songs by Year
The Derevolutions :: “Agua de Beber”
The Beths :: “You Wouldn’t Like Me”
Fatboy Slim :: “Gangster Trippin (Sultan + Shepard Remix)”
Ross From Friends :: “Project Cybersyn”
6 songs for the 8th month.
Mitski :: “Nobody”
BC Unidos :: “1,2,3, in French”
The Beths :: “Future Me Hates Me”
Jealous of the Birds :: “Plastic Skeletons”
Ali Barter :: “Girlie Bits”
Chancha Via Circuito :: “Algeria”