BEST INDIE MUSIC - WEEK 26
It's pretty insane that, over the last month, we've been blessed with a Beyoncé and Jay Z collaborative album, and not one, not two, but FIVE records from Kanye Omari West (c'mon, don't act like you haven't loved the absolute trainwreck that's been Yeezy Season). And to think that summer has only just begun! I'm not sure about y'all, but I'm hellah excited to see (or should I say hear?!) what the next few weeks are going to bring us. Maybe a new Frank Ocean album?! LOL! Okay, so, perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself, but if this latest edition of We Are: The Guard's New Indie Music is anything to go by, it's only set to heat up around here. Check out the following tracks from Florence + The Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Alice Glass, Darwin Deez, Melody's Echo Chamber, and more.
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – BIG GOD
Florence + The Machine is a force of nature. It's like I feel something spiritual and primal rising up in me whenever I listen to her. This video for her latest single “Big God,” featuring the English chanteuse dancing on water, is nothing short of a work of art. Someone needs to hang it up in the Louvre and get Beyoncé and Jay Z to film in front of it ASAP.
KING PRINCESS – MAKE MY BED
God Save King Princess. I've told you enough times now about how much I love this New York City native and her recent debut EP Make My Bed, but in case you've forgotten, here's a little reminder of why Mikaela Straus was recently voted one of We Are: The Guard's favorite up-and-coming queer artists. No, really, who else can make you feel this much in one and a half minutes?!
HER - ICARUS
Her frontman Victor Solf pays tribute to his former bandmate Simon Carpentier, who died following a brave battle with cancer in August 2017, in the moving video for “Icarus.” Fans of the French outfit will recognize multiple references to previous Her clips, including the burning effigies from “Queens” and the female knight from “Swim,” in the Rodrigue Huart-directed visual, which opens with a raw, soulful a cappella performance by Victor. RIP Simon <3.
NINE INCH NAILS – AHEAD OF OURSELVES
EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE OF ME LISTENING TO THIS SONG.
MASS GOTHIC – J.Z.O.K.
Mass Gothic's Noel Heroux and Jessica Zambri are husband-and-wife goals. Find me a man with whom I can make ethereal doom metal while walking the streets of New York City. This latest single to be unveiled from the Sub Pop signees forthcoming album I've Tortured You Long Enough sounds like a dream, and by a dream, I mean the kind in which your face gets melted off by a couple of singing angels.
BOYCRUSH – 100%
Okay, I admit, I've lost count of the amount of tracks that I've dubbed “Song of the Summer,” but trust me when I say that “100%” by Boycrush is a serious contender. The latest single to be unveiled from the New Zealand producer's recent debut album Desperate Late Night Energy is oh-so-scintillating, with guest vocalist and Yumi Zouma frontwoman Christie Simpson's lighter-than-air vocals coming steeped in Boycrush's signature tropical pop climes.
ALICE GLASS – MINE
Alice Glass is a hero and survivor, but even heroes and survivors have bad days, and it's this that she delves into on her haunting new single. “So tonight I'll take my own body/I'll take my own, take my own mind/Abuse myself till I'm finally mine again/Finally mine again,” sings Alice on “Mine” – a devastating insight into her experience with self-harm following on from her abusive relationship with Crystal Castles producer and all-round POS Ethan Kath.
DARWIN DEEZ – QUEEN OF SPADES
The OG Hipster Prince, Darwin Deez, follows up “The World's Best Kisser” with the catchy-as-hell “Queen of Spades.” The latest single to be unveiled from his forthcoming album 10 Songs That Happened When You Left Me With My Stupid Heart is taking me back to the days of Peak Indie Music™, with the New York City artist's signature literary prose coming set against the kind of jangly guitars that Darwin first helped to pioneer almost a decade ago.
MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER – CROSS MY HEART
Following on from her serious accident in June 2017 that left her hospitalized with a brain aneurysm and broken vertebrae, Parisian songstress Melody Prochet is back and sounding as heart-swellingly gorgeous as ever on “Cross My Heart” – a lush psych pop drift that positions Melody's breathy, Jane Birkin-esque soprano front and center <3.
CALPURNIA – BLAME
When an actor tries his or her hand at music, it's often a certified cringefest (see, for example, Johnny Depp). Finn Wolfhard (you know, the 15-year-old kid from Stranger Things) proves that it doesn't always have to be his way, however, with his band Calpurnia – a surf rock quartet who have straight up stole my heart with this dreamy horn-laced lullaby from their recent debut EP Scout.
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