6. "Pleader" - Alt-J
It's arguable, but no one seems to be making more polished experimental-but-still-melodic music than Alt-J. If the first part of this song bores you, just give it time. Alt-J manages to incorporate an entire symphony in a pretty astounding, dramatic track.
7. "Nights" - Frank Ocean
Before you start wondering why this relatively upbeat Frank Ocean song made it onto a song about Dystopic America, consider the lyrics: "Can't keep being late on me / Know you need the money if you gon' survive the / Every night shit / The every day shit." Also, the absolutely gorgeous last 1:40 of the song.
8. "Staring at the Sun" - TV on the Radio
Another throwback song from a few years ago, but a great, moody song about the end of the world.
9. "Water Me" - FKA Twigs
Sure, this song is lyrically about being unloved. But the strange ambient sounds FKA Twigs weaves into her music are unreal and deeply creepy. I love it. There's also something hopeful about FKA Twig's airy vocals, and about her singing about her independence.
10. "You Want It Darker" - Leonard Cohen
Sorry, did you think I was going to end on a happy note?
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