For my first post of 2011, I feel obligated to post the song that has defined my year so far. That song would undoubtably be Creepoid’s “Hollow Doubt.” Creepoid is a group from Philadelphia, which seems very fitting because they have a similar atmospheric to one of the city’s current musical icons, Kurt Vile. Like Vile, the guitarist of Creepoid has a very large southern rock tone drowned in reverb. Unlike Vile, Creepoid’s sound is stately, and there isn’t a sense of emptiness. “Hollow Doubt” perfectly exemplifies the sort of overwhelming flood that is Creepoid’s sound. The term Shoegaze seems to have become ambiguous and undefined to the point where it can be a description of any slightly atmospheric song. Despite this, it’s hard not to shamelessly say it anyways.