I was lucky to recently catch Divino Niño opening for Crumb at Music Hall of Williamsburg in what I thought was one of the year’s best bills. In case you missed it, earlier this year Divino Niño released Foam to much acclaim. The album’s retro-futuristic sound seems to simultaneously look to the past and the future for inspiration. In keeping with the theme of time, we asked the band to reflect on some of their top picks of the decade. They shared these tracks.
—Keenan Kush, Talkhouse Operations Manager
It’s a little hard to wrap up a decade, but we’re softies who love looking back so here we go! These are songs that stuck with us the most over the last 10 years — tracks we listen to over and over again and never get tired of. Each one of these feels like it’s become a part of us, and we hope they become a part of you too.
Toby Fox — “Shop”
Getting it done. It’s OK, it’s all OK 🙂 Tranquilito.
Kali Uchis — “Loner”
My favorite lyric is, “I don’t wanna be your cigarette. I don’t wanna be your ashtray.”
Tyler, The Creator — “PUPPET”
This song is soooo direct. I want people to be like that more often. “I wanna talk. I wanna call you and talk.”
Eladio Carrion & Bad Bunny — “Kemba Walker”
This song is so hot. I put it on repeat and let it go. It makes me feel like a bad boy; this is who I am now.
Helado Negro — “We Don’t Have Time For That”
I find this song very meditative. It’s a good reminder to take some quiet time to yourself to see things clearly.
Shintaro Sakamoto — “This World Could Be More Wonderful”
The backup harmonies using vocoder in this song are so beautiful. Shintaro is always pulling little tricks to keep you on your toes. This song is the final on the record and it just fades away so nicely and sincerely into the sunset.
Angel Olsen — “The Waiting”
I’ve always been in love with these lyrics, but the groove also gets ya.
Juan Waters — “Guapa”
The most transcendent artist of the decade. He’s our guy.
Cass McCombs — “County Line”
One of my all time favorite night driving songs. That falsetto is god damn beautiful.
Ariel Pink — “Black Ballerina”
There’s so much going on in this track that it can seem insanely disorienting until the chorus hits, which you never expected anyways. Once it does, everything just feels perfect.
True Blue — “Tell Me Texas”
In LOVE with these keyboard sounds. She’s a beautiful songwriter. I’ve listened to this track hundreds of times and it always feels fresh.
Robyn — “Ever Again”
I love how this song is melancholic but still feels confident and strong. It makes me want to dance in a defiant way!
(Photo Credit: Alec Basse)