ZETH LUNDY, music writer, The Phoenix

1. Tame Impala "Apocalypse Dreams" (from Lonerism)

2. Richard Hawley "Leave Your Body Behind You" (from Standing At The Sky's Edge)

3. Hot Chip "Don't Deny Your Heart" (from In Our Heads)

4. Ultraista "Gold Dayzz" (from Ultraista)

5. Divine Fits "Flaggin A Ride" (from A Thing Called Divine Fits)

6. Mac Demarco "Cooking Up" Something Good" (from 2)

7. Frankie Rose "Night Swim" (from Interstellar)

8. Father John Misty "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" (from Fear Fun)

9. Ry Cooder "Guantanamo" (from Election Special)

10. Gaz Coombes Presents "Hot Fruit" (from Here Come The Bombs)

I've made my peace with revisionist pop, which, if we're wondering, is like Simon Reynolds' Retromania to the nth power. 2012 was full of this increasingly prevalent phenomenon, as is my list of must-hear jamz. Tame Impala's "Apocalypse Dreams" tidies up '60s American psych tropes, while Richard Hawley's "Leave Your Body Behind You" is a supercharged version of '90s British psychedelia. Hot Chip's "Don't Deny Your Heart" plays like an apology of '80s synth-pop, and Mac DeMarco's "Cooking Up Something Good" plies the white-boy funk a la Talking Heads-via-Ween. Speaking of the '90s: Ultraista, the second (and improved) coming of Sneaker Pimps, and Father John Misty, who recorded a song that (as my wicked perceptive editor was quick to point out) Oasis' Noel Gallagher only wishes he had written. There's even neo-revisionism here: Divine Fits re-imagines the methodologies of Spoon and Handsome Furs. This is all to say that I could give a damn about breaking new ground when there's so much ground in need of tilling.

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