||Even when I believed years progressed toward ends, I mean individually, each,|
||these final weeks seemed naggingly wrong.|
||It doesn't help that lists get made earlier and earlier, but unless we agree to make this year's list 10 or 100 years from now,|
||No Frills Twins
||"Lonely With You"
||January releases and December releases will never quite be equal.|
||"When the Time Has Come"
||And thus, perhaps, these instant lists should simply be honest in their instancy.|
||"Temple of New Jerusalem"
||Here is best song in the world for this 4:02, an opera run through a car-masher with dragons painted on the sides.|
||Here is how buzz and sigh and crash can be reconciled.|
||"This Is Me (From The Greatest Showman)"
||Here is what it sounds like when you're invulnerable.|
||"Bound to Be"
||Here is what it sounds like when you're inevitable,|
||The Gospel Youth
||"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"
||unguarded and preemptively broken,|
||hideous in joy,|
||adrift between becalmed and bespoke.|
||Here is what it sounded like when I fell in love with Japanese pop,|
||"Brand New Days"
||and what it sounded like when I fell in love with visual kei,|
||ミルクティー / 白 2
||and what it will sound like when the avatars fall in love with us in return.|
||This is what the kids are listening to these days. Sort of.|
||Or the zombies the kids became, anyway.|
||"Still The Same"
||This is what the cleanest dirt roads shine like,|
||and how they lead around the world,|
||Fast Animals and Slow Kids
||and how the world awaits you.|
||"眉飛色舞PLUS (feat. 鄭秀文)"
||I mean, it's not like they're waiting for you, of course they have their own lives,|
||but when you get there, you'll see what I mean.|
||You'll walk in through the gates, and somebody will whistle, and the flashmob welcome-dance will begin.|
||"100 Miles To Hell"
||100 Miles To Hell +2
||You'll walk in through the gates of hell, and a flashmob welcome-dance will begin even there.|
||"Arm & Reich"
||The more places I go, the more adaptable I imagine I become.|
||"Hör auf Dein Herz (Unplugged)"
||This is likely to be self-deception, but it's a good way to be wrong.|
||The soul of visiting is basking in the combination of curiosity and ignorance that lets you think you could belong among strangers.|
||They have guitars and coffee, you could learn their words for other things.|
||"On Suures Linnas Vaikne"
||The signs are either telling you you can't park here, or telling you you can.|
||The first trick of translation is arriving on foot so that guessing which one is something you only have to do for fun.|
||We Butter The Bread With Butter
||"Mans Not Hot"
||The second trick is understanding why it matters here how people park, because any tiny thing might be profoundly and revealingly different.|
||Sins In Vain
||"The End of Heartache"
||They have had centuries of their own dreams;|
||The Animal In Me
||"Calling It Quits"
||Helping Won't Help
||You have a guidebook and somebody's apartment they aren't supposed to only be renting to you for a week.|
||"The Bloody Idol"
||But a week is enough for terrors and epiphanies.|
||A Broken Silence
||"Come Alive with Me"
||All The Way Down
||These weeks out of time are infolded universes wrapped around Federalist fantasies.|
||"We Were Here"
||These nomadisms are native to our lands.|
||Stop thinking of every week as a scouting operation for some future occupation.|
||You are here now.|
||You are not shopping for trophies to display on the shelves of the past,|
||"Hvað er málið"
||or the spray from the next primordial waterfall,|
||you are walking on the planet we share,|
||in glittering space|
||that has pulverized a trillion other rocks like ours,|
||"Repair The Past"
||Dark Life EP 4
||but not this one yet.|