Posts Tagged ‘Indie Pop’
Conor Oberst‘s wordy, angst-filled songs, delivered in a taut, quavering voice, have touched so many kids that he’s put Omaha on the map and helped turn Saddle Creek into a dynamo indie label.
In preparation for his long-awaited new album, The People’s Key slated for release on February 15th, Bright Eyes has unleashed two song, his first single “Shell Games,” and “Haile Selassi.” Download both songs, plus find out what you can get when you buy it through iTunes!
You probably remember The Radio Dept. “Pulling Our Weight,” a charming sweet-slice of dream pop as heard in Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette (2006). But Sweden’s favorite indie-pop troupe have actually been recording their best stuff before then, and their new album Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 offers the band’s favorites including rarities and singles from the bands three albums and multiple EPs.
Jamie xx of the xx has been busy making beats lately. He announced a new single called “Far Nearer,” and is working on a complete remix of Gil Scott-Heron‘s acclaimed album I’m New Here. If you haven’t heard of any of the remixes unleashed the last couple weeks; like his take on British soul-pop siren Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep,” we got you.
Dance acts Robyn, La Roux, New Young Pony Club have corrupted the innocent and childlike vocal stylings of French dance-pop purveyors Yelle who finds dance-pop bliss with new single “Safari Disco Club.” Fronting a fashiony, stylish movement that embraces the DIY aesthetics of punk and seeks to move the dancefloor, Yelle’s sound begs to be added to your party playlist.
Indie yuppies Vampire Weekend have set up their kissing booth in the middle of the dance floor and everyone’s invited to shake what their mama gave them. If Paul Simon and The Strokes (if they were an all girl band) played spin the bottle together and produced a bouncing baby band, Vampire Weekend would be rocking the preppy-rock preschoolers to sleep. Confused? That’s okay. Download a free MP3 of “Fight For This Love.”
You’ve heard “Blue Christmas” countless times, so how about spicing up with the Texas all-punk girl trio Girl In A Coma? Sassy, bluesy and gentle in all the right places, their rendition of Elvis Presley‘s holiday classic offers a lovely punk-twang to the original that sounds like it took months in the studio to perfect. We love it. Elvis would love it. And it’s free — just in time for the holiday gatherings.
Despite having the typical indie-rock hair, electro-punk styling, and disco fever slant to make things interesting, Cut Copy are churning out their own version of scummy disco framed by fluffy pop and dancefloor-friendly guitars. If you’re like me and already missing LCD Soundsystem, not to worry, 2011 will be all about Cut Copy. Download a free MP3 from their forthcoming album Zonoscope.
Raise your hand if your iPod is yearning for some new and free unconventional holiday music? The Internet has already unveiled a handful of cool new Christmas music from Coldplay called “Christmas Lights,” and recently mega retailer Target released an exclusive digital compilation featuring 13 free MP3s from the likes of Blackalicious, Bishop Allen, Crystal Antlers, Coconut Records, Jenny O to West Coast indie-pop favorites Best Coast and Wavves . And the great thing, too, is all songs are zipped and ready for download at Target’s website.
Montreal-based dream-pop quartet Young Galaxy tries something new on its forthcoming album Shapeshifting (out in Feb 2011) by enlisting Dan Lissvik of the Swedish nu-disco duo Studio to produce. Unlike anything the band has done before (they’re more known for their brand of dramatic art-rock), the group has released a free MP3 of “Peripheral Visionaries,” an intimate, slow disco number with sweet vocals that groove but won’t blast you out of your socks.
In a era of The Beatles Rock Band and deluxe reissues by The Rolling Stone, revival bands such as The Young Veins fit right in. With a title like “Change,” it’s ironic that the ’60s-sounding single proves that traditional Rock ‘n’ Roll hasn’t changed much at all. Forget ProTools–you just need some guitars, amps, and cheery harmonizing.