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MY HEART THE BRAVE - KEEP ME FROM IT

"Keep Me From It" by My Heart the Brave // Keep Me From It (Self-Release // 2013)

The Nordic countries have certainly put a healthy and exciting stamp on the electro-pop and indie scene in recent years. Artists like The Knife, Jens Lekman, Mew, Miike Snow, and Lykke Li are just a few of a growing list of talented, exciting artists that have emerged from the beautiful northern countries in the past decade. There is certainly still plenty of talent to mine from the area and why not start with Danish electro pop artist, Caspar Hesselager, who records under the name, My Heart the Brave. Hesselager is a classically trained pianist who has shifted into full-on electro pop producer and solo artist. His first release is the single, “Keep Me From It” and just one listen of the pounding, driving beat, wrapped in shimmering synth keys and it starts to become aware that this guy is onto something special. Hesselager’s focused, boyish vocals do call to mind those of Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, but that’s no knock - it’s a sound that feels complete and engaging. For now, there’s not much else announced from the artist, but keep an eye peeled on his Soundcloud for what will hopefully be plenty more in the near future. 

Fotoshop - Safe in Sound

"Safe in Sound" by Fotoshop // Lifeforms (2012)

Finland’s Fotoshop makes pretty, electronic-infused shoegaze lullabies. This track, “Safe in Sound”, taken from the recently released Lifeforms, is just such a song. What starts as an airy, idm-esque ambient track builds into an electro-shoegaze dream loaded with twinkling synths, warped blip-beats, and a sing-a-long hook. Great stuff. Highly recommended for fans of Mew, I Break Horses, and SPC ECO.

(stream & purchase) "Lifeforms" by Fotoshop (via Bandcamp)

FAVORITE SONGS OF 2006 (as chosen in 2006)
"The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack" by Liars
"Us Ones in Between" by Sunset Rubdown
"Postcards of Italy" by Beirut
(tie) “I Feel Like Going Home” by Yo La Tengo // “Hold On, Hold On” by Neko Case
"LoveStoned/ I Think She Knows (Interlude)" by Justin Timberlake
* listen to my Favorite Tracks of 2006 on Spotify via P|M|W Playlist
Looking at the notes that I had for 2006, I was shocked at how fucking stacked of a year it was for amazing single songs. I have no issues with the selections here, I’m mostly just surprised that I was able to boil it down to a top five (six, i guess) at all. There were selections by Thom Yorke, Swan Lake, Mew, Midlake, and a dozen others that could have made this list. 
Looking at these selections, I would still stand by the track from Liars as the top pick. It’s a knockout track, that’s as heartbreaking as it is gorgeous. In the years since I originally put this together, I would have to say that the Neko Case and Justin Timberlake tracks are the ones that have had the most spins. Truth be told, it’s not even the entire Timberlake track. It’s the second part that I fell in love with then and continue to be mildly obsessed. It’s a gorgeous, sexy, pop song and when the beat drops out and it turns on the strings - it’s pretty much love at first listen. As for the Neko jam, it’s a fucking killer with some of the best writing of the entire year. 
I could go on and on. I’m actually going to enjoy the hell out of revisiting 2006 when I go back over these, but for the meantime, here is the list as it stood then. 

* (previous year’s top fives)

FAVORITE SONGS OF 2006 (as chosen in 2006)

  1. "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack" by Liars
  2. "Us Ones in Between" by Sunset Rubdown
  3. "Postcards of Italy" by Beirut
  4. (tie) “I Feel Like Going Home” by Yo La Tengo // “Hold On, Hold On” by Neko Case
  5. "LoveStoned/ I Think She Knows (Interlude)" by Justin Timberlake

* listen to my Favorite Tracks of 2006 on Spotify via P|M|W Playlist

Looking at the notes that I had for 2006, I was shocked at how fucking stacked of a year it was for amazing single songs. I have no issues with the selections here, I’m mostly just surprised that I was able to boil it down to a top five (six, i guess) at all. There were selections by Thom Yorke, Swan Lake, Mew, Midlake, and a dozen others that could have made this list. 

Looking at these selections, I would still stand by the track from Liars as the top pick. It’s a knockout track, that’s as heartbreaking as it is gorgeous. In the years since I originally put this together, I would have to say that the Neko Case and Justin Timberlake tracks are the ones that have had the most spins. Truth be told, it’s not even the entire Timberlake track. It’s the second part that I fell in love with then and continue to be mildly obsessed. It’s a gorgeous, sexy, pop song and when the beat drops out and it turns on the strings - it’s pretty much love at first listen. As for the Neko jam, it’s a fucking killer with some of the best writing of the entire year. 

I could go on and on. I’m actually going to enjoy the hell out of revisiting 2006 when I go back over these, but for the meantime, here is the list as it stood then. 

* (previous year’s top fives)


FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2006 (as chosen in 2006)
“The Eraser” by Thom Yorke
"Fox Confessor Brings the Flood" by Neko Case
"And the Glass Handed Kites" by Mew
"Return to Cookie Mountain" by TV on the Radio
"The Body, The Blood, The Machine" by The Thermals
* listen to these 5 albums now on Spotify in a P|M|W playlist. 
This was a year that found me all over the place and the fact that these five albums were my favorites might represent that a bit, in that they might be a tad schizophrenic in theme and nature. Truth be told, I’m fine with these choices. In hindsight, I might wonder why I didn’t choose “Drums Not Dead” by Liars or “Beast Moans” by Swan Lake, because I was obsessed with those albums later in the year, but this makes sense. Also, I think I was more obsessed at that point with single tracks. As for full albums, all five of these got monster spins from me throughout the summer and fall of 2006. “The Eraser” and “Fox Confessor Brings the Floods” were the soundtrack to a very lonely period of my life, and I came out of it much stronger, but mostly much more accepting of being alone. Those albums can still go in and make me feel something special. Nothing negative or sad attached. More growth. The year of 2006 might not have been packed with watershed indie moments, but it’s rock solid and there are easily another ten or fifteen albums that could be included on this list (and will be in a revised edition). 
* (previous year’s top fives)

FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2006 (as chosen in 2006)

  1. The Eraser” by Thom Yorke
  2. "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood" by Neko Case
  3. "And the Glass Handed Kites" by Mew
  4. "Return to Cookie Mountain" by TV on the Radio
  5. "The Body, The Blood, The Machine" by The Thermals

* listen to these 5 albums now on Spotify in a P|M|W playlist. 

This was a year that found me all over the place and the fact that these five albums were my favorites might represent that a bit, in that they might be a tad schizophrenic in theme and nature. Truth be told, I’m fine with these choices. In hindsight, I might wonder why I didn’t choose “Drums Not Dead” by Liars or “Beast Moans” by Swan Lake, because I was obsessed with those albums later in the year, but this makes sense. Also, I think I was more obsessed at that point with single tracks. As for full albums, all five of these got monster spins from me throughout the summer and fall of 2006. “The Eraser” and “Fox Confessor Brings the Floods” were the soundtrack to a very lonely period of my life, and I came out of it much stronger, but mostly much more accepting of being alone. Those albums can still go in and make me feel something special. Nothing negative or sad attached. More growth. The year of 2006 might not have been packed with watershed indie moments, but it’s rock solid and there are easily another ten or fifteen albums that could be included on this list (and will be in a revised edition). 

* (previous year’s top fives)