The Best Music of 2011: Emmy The Great
In “Dinosaur Sex,” there is a romance, but it’s doomed from the start, according to the chorus: “And dinosaur sex led to nothing / and maybe we will lead to nothing. / And dinosaur sex led to nothing / but we will lead as far as we can lead.” The music seems hesitant to interrupt: a bass line wrapped in a scarf, a very quiet backing chorus, and quavering guitar figures subdued by echo. The chorus seems like a one-liner that leads us away from the center of the song, which sounds like it might be a dying city. The song begins with images of roads and cranes and a power station that “shivers, then it leaks.” How distracting is all of this? “I think I see the future when I sleep. / The sky splits like an almond under feet, / skin is peeling off of us in sheets. / I think I see the future when I sleep.” This guy didn’t stand a chance—history wins.
Sasha Frere-Jones continues his breakdown of the best music of 2011 (read his first post on British singers: http://nyr.kr/sGQVR7) Next up: Rihanna, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Frere-Jones’s favorite musical human being on the planet. In the meantime, listen to the Best of 2011 playlist on Spotify.