Last updated on December 8, 2022
1. “Bonjour” – Montparnasse Musique. Bright, chipper, and exciting, this afrobeat track is so much fun.
2. “The Dreams of Alice” – Crying Day Care Choir. Evokes late ’00s indie-rock in the most satisfying of ways: big moves in unusual directions, charming vocal melodies, big fuzz. Fans of Temper Trap and CHVRCHES will adore this.
3. “Nervous (Remix)” – John Legend, Sebastián Yatra. – Time feels like an endless game of chance, simply memorialized in this mesmerizing performance of John Legend’s “Nervous” with Columbian Sebastián Yatra. A multilingual love lesson in seduction serves as an invitation to come together with passionate melodies in our hearts. –Lisa Whealy
4. “A Baptist and A Rabbi” – Thirsty Curses. A jaunty piano-led track with influences from indie rock and alt-country lends the foundation to a set of existentialist lyrics and a charming, unexpected video. Getchell et al. sell the vision (pun intended) excellently.
5. “Be Thou My Vision” – The Gray Havens. I love the way the guitar sounds in this inspiring version of a classic hymn.
6. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” – The Gray Havens. Similarly, this is a truly wonderful version of my favorite advent song / Christmas carol.