My favorite song of 2014 (Cloud Nothings’ “I’m Not Part of Me”) came out in January. So, an early release in no way waters down a song in my mind when the year end retrospective comes around. In the first 31 days of 2015, my favorite song is this grindstone spark by Two Gallants. The drum & guitar duo has a unique style of cowboy punk that can turn the dial to be more rootsy or more modern whenever they want. There’s a real rush to hearing the refrain, pleading for significance, “I was incidental / I was incidental.” We’ll see how that rush holds up in 11 months.
Their new album, We Are Undone, is out today via ATO Records.