5. Here We Go Magic, “Fangela”
A tricky little Brian Eno-esque worldly funk-pop number with real inertia from Luke Temple’s new band. It’s groovy but lo-fi, just like us.
4. YACHT, “Psychic City (Voodoo City)”
What a relief—the cutest dance jam of the year is also one of the best. It makes for great late-night office drinking music.
3. The Mint Chicks, “Hot on Your Heels”
The Chicks’ latest (and greatest) album, Screens, is only available in New Zealand, but the now-Portland-based band was nice enough to burn us a copy, and it’s amazing. Especially this schizophrenic synth-punk epic.
2. Bobby Birdman, “Only For a While”
Comforting like a warm blanket, but badass enough to dance in your chair to. Check the super-sweet guitar solo midway through. Delicious.
1. Boat, “Lately”
There would have been no Musicfest guide if it weren’t for this singalong jam.