And the song at No. 30 on our charts is a testament to the power of luck, love, and a lot of vocal manipulation.
In the months since YACHT’s “See A Penny, Pick It Up” lit up elbo.ws, entire swaths of blog-band terrain have been strip-mined. Hype cycles have whirled and stopped and kicked back into gear anew. And everyone’s seemingly given up to just go back to listening to Radiohead a lot. Yet this weird little ode to romance from Jona Bechtolt, who also created beats for the Blow’s better-with-each-listen Paper Television, has bobbed near the top of my iTunes playlist all year, its pitch-shifted vocals and stuttery rhythm kicking around my brain almost incessantly. Maybe it’s the fresh-faced lyrics, which provide a cautionary tale of what happens when you bet against love. (FYI: You lose a hundred bucks.) Maybe it’s the “‘Miss You’ and ‘Heartbeats’ knock boots” sound, because what’s sweeter than a song about love that sounds like it was the result of two fine tracks getting it on? Either way, “Penny” was a treat, a “blog song” that actually sounded like it could have been booming out of cars on one of those summer days when temperatures were so high, the whole world seemed warped.