The best way to understand "Chandelier" is as a response song to “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus. The latter was in a state of perpetual hedonism, a molly-and-frottage perpetuated good time in which the only goal is to keep going - no matter who gets in your way. “Chandelier” is the morning after that. Or maybe 7am, when you’re still high, but paranoia and self-doubt are setting in and you’re beginning to wonder if you’re still actually having fun.
Mark Barrott's Sketches from an Island project became 2014's silkiest, most luxuriously undulating washes of blissed-out and determinedly uncool Mediterranean pop. "Baby Come Home" is a track so effortlessly timeless that I literally cried with joy the first time I heard it.
"In My Dreams" is both unadulterated pop banger and one of the most heartbreaking songs put out this year. It's consumed with the idea of forever; the omnipresent moment when, even if the only connection you share with someone has been devalued to a Facebook friendship, you're still convinced you won't stop thinking about them for the rest of your life.