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Neon Tommy's Spring Fever Playlist: Meet Season's Scintillating New Sounds

D. Asal Ehsanipour |
April 5, 2012 | 6:20 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

 Miike Snow, Tanlines, Regina Spektor, the Shins
Miike Snow, Tanlines, Regina Spektor, the Shins
Spring is here again, and sifting the quality melodies from the rubbish can sometimes be a chore as exasperating as Spring Cleaning. Lucky for you, Neon Tommy has crisply abstracted the most supreme songs of this season for your enjoyment. 

1. Tanlines: “All of Me”

Vogue.com and others might be calling Tanline’s "All of Me" the “sound track to summer 2012,” but this Brooklyn-based synthetic pop duo is taking names a few months early. Their indie garage band liveliness –as slapped on to a dark grey music video backdrop—is the subtlest blend of friskiness and angst, with enough moodiness to make it cool. Their debut album, Mixed Emotions, was released on March 20.

2. Of Monsters & Men: “Mountain Sound”

Any track on Of Monsters & Men’s debut album, My Head is an Animal, holds the eerie Icelandic capacity to overtly “wow” listeners. "Mountain Sound" is one such example, with deep yodeling female vocals, smooth harmonizing and thrilling synthetic-folk instrumentals. The lyrics aren’t too shabby either, illustrating the sad tale of running through the woods from one’s own mistakes—and loneliness, like Of Monsters & Men’s other single, "Little Talks." My Head is an Animal was released April 3.

3. The Shins: “Simple Song”

Though Garden State first declared that the Shins changes lives back in 2008, their fourth studio album continues to do just so. The Shins’ latest single from Port of Morrow—released on March 20—reverts back to their classic ‘60s pop, heavy on the instrumental and baroque-esque, British-style enchantment (never mind that the band is currently based in Portland). 

4. Miike Snow: “The Wave”

The Wave is Miike Snow’s second single from their second album, Happy to You, a dance-driven album which even boasts collaboration with fellow-Swede Lykke Li on Black Tin Box. "The Wave," however, with its dance-driven drums and cosmic vocals (auto tuned to perfection) is a real treasure within the album, and a radio-friendly one at that. Happy to You was released on March 26.

5. Regina Spektor: “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)”

Russian singer-songwriter goddess Regina Spektor strikes again with her first album since 2009, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats. Her latest single, "Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)," is a French-imbued, giddy take on loneliness. If the rest of Spektor’s album in this darling, maybe it’ll counteract the melancholy ballads from Far, as heavily featured on indie classic (500) Days of Summer. What We Saw from the Cheap Seats is expected to be released May 29.

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