BEST ALTERNATIVE POP - WEEK 48

11/30/16
Untitled by Felix Russell-Saw

Behold, what we are to present to you today will be something you may want to hang on to for a while or at least until the Christmas season is over. Rudolph the rednose reindeer and Bing Crosby carols ain’t got nothing on this week’s hottest songs in Indie Pop. For all you scrooges and grinches the playlist below could not have come at a better time. Please enjoy to the max fresh tracks from new and old favorites including Billie EIlish, TOKiMONSTA, Leon Else, and more.

 

BILLIE EILISH - OCEAN EYES (DANCE PERFORMANCE)

Billie Eilish has got herself some of that Taylor Swift scented holy water (it smells like success). At only fourteen years of age, Eilish has landed a Darkroom/Interscope, and is proving to be a jaw dropping talent in the pop genre. Her breakout single (if it’s not yet, it will be soon) “Ocean Eyes” showcases a stunning vocal talent and lyrics that invoke a hair raising emotion. Listen above and prepared to be moved.

 

BECK - WOW (TOKiMONSTA REMIX)

Speaking of being moved, Los Angeles producer TOKiMONSTA gives a Beck’s single “Wow” a funkier spin. Let the beats wash over you and enjoy what TOKiMONSTA does best, which is producing captivating beats that make you go “F**k yeah!”

 

LEON ELSE - DANCE

It’s safe to say that we all battle with our hot mess of internal demons. If you method of suppressing your inner battles seems to be failing turn to Leon Else and follow suit. Dance it all off and let your body break free to the uplifting message and joyous rhythm of “Dance.” Leon’s debut EP is set to release 2017.

 

THE FEDERAL EMPIRE - I NEVER LIKED YOUR FRIENDS

There is something boiling underneath the surface of L.A. trio The Federal Empire. When we first heard “I Never Liked Your Friends,” we instantly felt that there was something up with these guys. How could a first single hold key elements required for a catchy “breakthrough” hit? Thanks to Google, we learned that there is way more to them than just sporting ridiculously well groomed beards. We’ll save that story for some other time, for nor now enjoy and ask Santa for more musical productions from The Federal Empire.

 

ZELLA DAY - MAN ON THE MOON

“Man On The Moon” is a 70’s throwback with harmonica and all, but with a dreamy pop bedroom sound that Zella Day seems to do so well. The word steamy falls short when it comes to describing the essence of this track. I hope that upon you hearing it you find yourself clicking that replay button and have someone to land on when you come off the moon, or have someone make you feel like you’re on the moon.

 

KIIARA - FEELS (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

“Feels” is a downtempo electro- pop gems about having to saying “fuck it” to overwhelming emotions. As destructive as it may sound, the deep cutting lyrics are expressed in such an elegant bad ass manner that only a few artist can get away with, one of them being Kiiara.

 

TARRO & ELLEY DUHE - MILLENIUM

Two newly discovered artists that are turning heads and making us keep a close eye on them are producer Tarro and songstress Elley Duhe. Their collaborative single “Millennium” is a powerhouse in synth-pop perfection as it builds from enthralling vocals to a vigorous backdrop that leaves listeners craving for more.

 

NOAH CYRUS - MAKE ME (CRY) FT. LABRINTH

Who would have ever thought that pretty boy Billy Ray Cyrus would shoot out more than one vocal force into the world. Yes, readers, the Cyrus blood runs deep in one of Today’s featured artists. Noah Cyrus, Miley's lil' sister has a great voice ofc and it’s clear that this is just the beginning of a huge career in singing, acting, public offenses, etc. But for now, we absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!

 

TROYE SIVAN - YOUTH (ACOUSTIC)

The perfect track to help you unwind today, Troye Sivan delivers a stunning stripped down acoustic version of one of 2016’s top songs and ARIA winner. “Youth” is simply a gorgeous piece of art, it’s an intimate take on a very high acclaimed song.

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As always, we thank you for stopping by and checking out what’s new on the the Best of Indie Pop charts. We’ll see you next week with more undiscovered gems.

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About Beca Arredondo

Beca Arredondo is easily unamused with all things not related to her interests. On her good days you can catch her avoiding the California sun and glued to her Mac plotting the next big thing. If you happen to run into her on the street and notice her wearing headphones do NOT disturb her. She is not responsible for any possible damage. Aside from the above she's very sweet and perky and responds well to good music and food.