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7inch Sunday: The Best of 2012

7inch Sunday is a segment devoted entirely to 7” vinyl and the all-encompassing experience surrounding it. Although most publications cover major releases, the vinyl single is often overlooked and given nothing more than a half-hearted nod of acknowledgement. This weekly feature is a hub for 7” reviews, exploring the B-sides and rarities of artists that may often go unnoticed.

Each Sunday I will review 7” vinyl from artists who venture this extra mile to hold their singles high above the sea of digital releases. I hope to embody the spirit of vinyl while sharing some fantastic music with you, the reader. Let’s get started.

Over the past six months, 7inch Sunday has brought you countless vinyl releases that may have gone undetected on your musically-dense radar. While all the singles have been a treat to spin, there is a select batch that really wowed us. Check out below to see who earned their place in the prestigious echelon of 7inch Sunday’s Best of 2012!

Best Video: Fishing – “Choy Lin”

While the video does a damn fine job of explaining itself, Fishing’s complement for “Choy Lin” takes us on a surreal trip through every type of terrain imaginable. Through a mesmerizing method of collage characters and landscape layering, our protagonist experiences the highs and lows of adventuring against the ethereal trance of Fishing.

Best Packaging: Cold Warps – Slimer

Enveloped by a tri-fold graphic, Cold Warps’ Slimer single takes the prize for best vinyl packaging. Not only is the record itself a stylish shade of slime, but the Canadian garage rock outfit incorporates the gooey theme throughout the poster-worthy profile of a screen printed lad meeting an unfortunate demise.

Best Artwork: Feeding People – Island Universe

While Feeding People were initially in the running for best video – we’re suckers for home invasion, naturally – it was the album artwork that caught our attention. The astral interpretation of renaissance mastermind Boshe captures a foregone artistic style mixed with modernity and a melting backdrop. Never mind the animals eating one another and enjoy watching Jesus watch the world enter a vortex.

 

Catchiest Track: CocoRosie – “We Are On Fire”

If there’s one thing to gather from CocoRosie’s most recent single, it’s that they are not your average duo. They’re not your average anything, for that matter. The sister art rock outfit take their own craft of obscure visual art and incorporate it with infectious pop. “We Are On Fire,” the A-side to the most recent single features an impossibly catchy mantra sung only in the way CocoRosie can.

Most WTF? Track: chris e. pants – “Pass It Around”

For some reason it didn’t feel right wrapping up this list without giving a nod to chris e. pants. A newfound moniker for Chrissy Murderbot, pants is the sleazed-up outlet in which we were graced with “Pass it Around,” a track that is as much an attack on the sensibilities as it is our patience. The dominant theme of ‘nutting’ and recording quality akin to a Windows 95 computer mic concocts a bitter brew that is catchy yet filthy all at once.

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