Songs of 2012 Countdown: #12 Neil Halstead

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Yes, it's the Indy's annual — and highly subjective — countdown of the year's most intriguing, compelling and just plain enjoyable songs. You can pick up our December 26 issue to find the complete story, along with a rundown of local musicians' favorites. In the meantime, here's #12....

Neil Halstead, “Tied to You” (Mark Van Hoen Remix)
True, Slowdive and Mojave 3 co-founder Neil Halstead sounds like Nick Drake and Bert Jansch, but he also sounds like Neil Halstead. And while Mark Van Hoen’s unlikely remix of “Tied to You” might come across as sacrilegious to indie-folk purists, his addition of looped hand claps, low-fi electric guitar and subtle synth-pads actually seems to complement Halstead’s beautifully hazy vocal more than the acoustic guitar in the original. In either version, “Tied to You” is a gorgeous tune that’s about as close to a new Nick Drake song as we’re likely to get. — BF

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