Chances are if you aren’t the Curiosity Rover, you have undoubtedly been beaten senseless by the likes of viral music in 2012. The Call Me Maybe’s, the Gangnam Styles, and who can forget the countless covers of Goyte’s Somebody I Used to Know (cue Star Wars Edition). 2012 ushered in the billion-view music video, but if you’re ready to unstick these tunes from your head, ICOSAPHONIC has our favorite blogged tracks of 2012. Passion Pit - Constant Conversations Their sophomore release, Gossamer, delivers a wider scope of Passion Pit's patented synthpop extravaganza , with a more earnest and emotionally charged feel to the tracks, especially noted in the downtempo confession "Constant Conversations". Passion Pit was formed out of Cambridge, Mass. by brainchild and lead singer Michael Angelakos in 2007.
Tallest Man on Earth - 1904 Swedish Folk singer Kristian Matsson throws out booming folk ballads that harken back to the age of Bob Dylan. "1904" is an airy sentimental track that has been gaining traction with indie bloggers this year, with his third studio release Dead Oceans.
Father John Misty - I’m Writing a Novel Under his new moniker of Father John Misty, J. Tillman's Fear Fun album is chalk full of experimental folk rock. "I'm Writing a Novel" delivers a full on honky tonk jam, infused with danceable psychedelic references to existential philosophers, while somehow remaining lighthearted.
Grizzly Bear - Yet Again Released as the second single from the band's fourth studio album, Shields, "Yet Again" continues the haunting indie space walk by Grizzly Bear. The toms beat heavy over precise erie harmonies and compliments a dreary rain-drenched afternoon quite well.
Electric Guest - This Head I Hold The meteoric rise of Electric Guest could be attributed to their singable Motown-like melodies, as well as their playful music videos. Lead singer Asa Tacone, whose brother is part of The Lonely Island with Andy Samberg, dances on top of this upbeat track of their debut release, Mondo.
The Shins - Simple Song The Shins are back with their fourth studio album Port of Morrow, and the first single "Simple Song" marches right into your eardrums and doesn't leave. Explaining the origins of the song, lead man James Mercer revealed that he wrote the song in the living room of his apartment, shortly following his marriage and in the period leading to the birth of his first daughter.
Grimes - Oblivion The most blogged artist of 2012 according to The Hype Machine, Canadian artist Grimes and her catchy dream pop add a new flavor to the music blogosphere. This third album, Visions, was recorded entirely on Apple's Garageband in Grimes' apartment over a three-week period.
Tame Impala - Elephant Rounding out our list is Tame Impala, or ɐןɐdɯı ǝɯɐʇ if you're Australian (which is where the band is from). The psychedelic rockers give off a Beatles vibe in this track from their newest album, Lonerism, which dropped in October this year. There you have it, our best blogged tracks of 2012, if we missed one, join the conversation in the comments below. Also if you prefer to listen in a seamless playlist, use our 8tracks player below: