Okay, imagine if Explosions in the Sky met that “lofi hip hop radio - beats to relax/study to” YouTube Radio channel. Hold that thought in your brain before pressing play on “time moved slowly then” (...)
Hey, Guardians! While you were at Burning Man and NOT watching Diplo perform, I was sizzling in the comfort of my humid ass apartment in the Labor Day Heat and finding some delectable (...)
Starting off as a mood, chill vibes started to permeate other genres. Most musical styles have some form of chill variant, especially if they've been around for a while. Downtempo/Trip-Hop is one variant, blending chilled hip-hop beats with noirish, jazzy vocals. Jazz, 'world music', hip-hop, and pop are all serve chilled, at times. Looking at this aspect of indie chill out also starts to illustrate some of its darker aspects.
One aspect of indie chill focuses on the relaxing, mellow, soothing, sometimes hypnotic aspects of a style. The other showcases how nearly any style, sound, or genre can be subverted, polished into sanitized, sterilized safety. This is kind of chill with digeridoos looped over stale house beats, looped ad nauseam. In our more enlightened, culturally-sensitive times, we'd like to think this style would've fallen out of fashion.
Not everybody's super adept at introspection, unfortunately. New Age-sounding beats paired with generic chanting samples are just as prevalent as they've ever been, if not more so.
Seeing as how we've made a case for chill being more of a mood or a feeling that a proper genre, per se, let's delve into some of the most popular variants of chill indie music.
Maybe it was the fact that they returned from their summer vacations, or maybe it was the fact that they were no longer distracted by the pomp and circumstance of the VMAs, but musicians (...)