Top 40 of 2016: #19

TSJ: “Stellular” is built around an awesome snare pulse much akin to Trentemøller’s stellar “River in Me” but goes in some unexpected directions: it’s spacier (pun intended), it’s got vaguely horn-y synths on the chorus, and its title is “Stellular” for chrissake (“having the shape of a small star,” according to Merriam-Webster). The guitar tones read post-punk if not quite new wave, and Dougall’s vocals especially give this liftoff. As someone who never paid attention to the Pipettes, for me “Stellular” is one of 2016’s most pleasant — no, not “pleasant,” more like small-scale magnificent — surprises.


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