Choosing our favorite 16 Boston songs of the year is like choosing your favorite child -- if you were the Duggars or some other family with a few hundred kids. While mainstream pop continued to die a slow painful death, it was another bang-up year of music coming out of the isolated Boston music scene. What we have in our region are legions of musicians making music on their terms and their own way, and the result is a fantastically eclectic batch of new tunes that proved this year was one of the best around town. The selections below, listen alphabetically, aren't any sort of ultimate Best Of, though they do reflect what we've enjoyed the most, what we've hyped on these digital pages, and what we had spun on VanyaRadio. If you read this website on the regular, you should be quite familiar; if not, then dive in and hear something new and exciting.
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Telelectrix, “Miss Chameleon”
In a strong year for Boston electronic-pop (Contact, Bearstronaut, Pale Hands), Telelectrix‘ June EP Move moved to just as strong a beat. The release’s second track, “Miss Chameleon,” showed off Telelectrix’ skill of melding dreamy new wave, ’90s European synthpop, and modern sounds into one catchy sonic cocktail. “Lyrically, the songs reflect situations I have found myself in over the last four or five years or so,” multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter Steven Borek told us in June, “and the music is very much an amalgamation of all of the different influences that have shaped me over time.”