Simon: Quirky compositions and evocative ear worms
My top ten may seem a curious selection to most readers, but you should see what didn’t quite make the cut! These songs made a distinct impression on me, usually because they’ve been brave enough to stand out from the crowd, but musically savvy enough to get away with it.
#10 – Anna Maria Jopek – Ale Jestem (Poland 1997)
A smashing little ditty from Poland. What stands out to me are the unusual chord patterns and rhythms on the guitars. Dissonant strings make me happy, as does Anna’s vocal.
#9 – Tose Proeski – Life (FYR Macedonia 2004)
Tose was a superb vocalist and this song shows that off. Anything that is in 7-4 time is a winner for me.
#8 – Stop – Omar Naber (Slovenia 2005)
Robbed. By which I mean it should at least have qualified. I get that it is not everyone’s cup of tea, but its production was right up my street.