Best of ’11: Fred

FredThe Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear 2011
Track 14: Fred, “Somewhere Else”

Irish rockers Fred recorded their newest album, Leaving My Empire, in Montreal, and it has an appropriately Arcade Fire-y sheen: the songs sound epic, and that’s a great accompaniment to their canny knack for perfect pop melodies. The whole album got a lot of repeat plays, but “Somewhere Else” earned a spot on this list thanks to the thunderous second verse (not a chorus, a verse — a nice, unexpected twist):

Leaving My Empire isn’t for sale anywhere in the US, so head to their Soundcloud page to hear more of the songs, and hit their website to purchase a digital download.