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The 50 Best Songs of 2009

As part of PopMatters’ 20th anniversary, we are revisiting classic features. Travel back in time a decade ago to 2009, when indie rock was in its full ascendency,and hear the songs that soundtracked the era.

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Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots

Even if you think that Damon Albarn has done it all by this point in time, Everyday Robots is a new gold standard in contemporary pop songwriting.

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Jon Hopkins: How I Live Now OST

Those who love Jon Hopkins’ stellar 2013 release Immunity will find a lot to love in his work for the film How I Live Now, which brings together spare piano chords with textural ambient and noise backgrounds to a Malick-esque effect.

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Sylver Tongue: Something Big (EP)

...and it's one small step for ex-Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley! Tiny, in fact, as it's only a 4 track EP.

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The Indie Rock Trends of 2012

This year saw a number of interesting developments in the indie rock world, all reflective of the genre's ever-expanding palate.

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Bat for Lashes: The Haunted Man

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but the NSFW cover of Bat for Lashes’ The Haunted Man says more than that for an album all about letting down your guard.

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Bat For Lashes - "We Found Love" (Rihanna/Calvin Harris cover) (stream)

Bat For Lashes release their new album 'The Haunted Man' on October 23rd and recently the group stopped by Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show and performed their take on Rihanna and Calvin Harris' hit "We Found Love".

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Bat for Lashes: Two Suns

For an artist who's only released one album, taking on a new persona is decidedly ambitious.

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Caroline Weeks - "Elegy" (MP3)

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Bat For Lashes: Fur and Gold

Nominated for this year's Mercury Music Prize, the Lashes' debut takes the phrase "RILY: Tori Amos, Bjork" and works it into something just short of magical.


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