In addition to our top 10 tracks and albums of 2012 countdown and accompanying overlooked records feature, the executive board at WVAU wanted to keep the round-up fun going a bit longer by highlighting our favorite covers of the year. We also looked ahead to 2013 and shared our predictions (/hopes and dreams) for the upcoming year. These are my contributions:
Julia Holter – “Gold Dust Woman”
It would be disingenuous to not include a Fleetwood Mac cover in this list as literally a lot of artists took a stab at the iconic band’s catalogue. Off of Mojo Magazine‘s Rumours Revisited cover compilation, avant-pop goddess Julia Holter puts her antique atmospheric touch on “Gold Dust Woman,” without losing the folk quality of the original. Holter’s characteristic ambient layering and floating vocals with an anxious build benefit “Gold Dust Woman” without erasing connection to Rumours‘ original.
Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland – “2”
It was a big year for Donnie and Joe Emerson’s “Baby,” getting another makeover via Hype Williams’ pseudonym side-project, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland. Off the duo’s Black is Beautiful LP, “2” holds on to the soul of the original with the soft sweetness of Copeland’s dreamy vocals over minimal production.
• Factory Floor
The DFA Records darlings have been producing their post-industrial dance with a distinct video game pulse since forming in 2008, but have yet to release a real actual full-length record. Singles “Lying / A Wooden Box,” “(R E A L L O V E)” and “Two Different Ways” sustained fans for a few years, but banger “Fall Back,” which dropped in the opening days of 2013, has hopes high for the long-awaited LP.
• A James Murphy-produced Arcade Fire album
This is literally super relevant to several of my interests.
• Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
It’s been six years since he brought SexyBack, which is enough time for it to disappear again, so JT’s due to seduce us again with his smooth pipes. If “Suit & Tie” is any indication for the rest of his material, I’m ready, too. (*NSYNC 4eva<3)
• Julia Holter
In the last two months of 2012, Holter signed to Domino Records, released a “Goddess Eyes” single with two new tracks, rereleased March’s Ekstasis also with new live material and is oft tweeting about being in the studio. In February Holter is performing with another of my 2012 favorites Laurel Halo (June’s Quarantine), and if the stars align, I will be in the audience. The possibility that the two collaborate in 2013 would also be more than welcome. I just love Julia Holter so much, you guys.