But what about 2011?

Enough with the nostalgia, you say? All right then, here you go! These are the songs I’m digging so far this year. Come with me on a painstakingly cultured trip to

Best Music of 2011, 1st Quarter

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper, the men behind the synths

I’m surprised by a lot of what I’m hearing. The new Decemberists album has some killer tracks, but I think it’s one of their weaker efforts overall. OTOH, R.E.M.’s Collapse Into Now is their best album since Automatic For the People. 1990s veterans pj harvey and Foo Fighters turned in some solid efforts too, though I think both have done better.

It seems foolish at this point to call it an “80s Revival” at this point. Given recent albums from Tennis, Austra, the Minks, Gatekeeper, and Soft Moon, perhaps the 1980s are just going to musically omnipresent from now on. But there’s also earnest folk music and shoegaze and math rock and–ah hell, just give it a listen.

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