BEST OF INDIE POP - WEEK 4
I know it seems like it was just about yesterday that we found ourselves sitting here going through the best indie pop music that we’ve come across. Like us, you were probably left nodding your head like yassss saying “Yassss, thank you, yassss.” But don’t thank us, thank the artists who have been and continue to drop bomb diggity music. Now, just to prove my opening statement correct let’s take a listen to what the fine curators and staff at We Are: The Guard have filtered for you. You can leave your opinion on our Instagram feed or send us a Tweet, or Facebook us, we’ll read your fan and hate mail and respond to you accordingly. Now … to the music!
TEASLEY - DEEPER END
Teasley’s single “Deeper End” has resurfaced making us feel like it’s 2018 all over again. The RnB / pop artist makes these cold winter days feel a bit less nippy thanks to the beachy dance vibe in the melody. Teasly invites us to trade in parkas for a swimsuit and sink our toes in the sand.
GESAFFELSTEIN & THE WEEKND - LOST IN THE FIRE
Oooh eeeh! Speaking about things that turn the heat up. Gessafelstein and The Weeknd pair up to produce a track that will most likely leave you expecting a baby. With an affirmative opening of “I wanna fuck you slow with the lights on,” it is clear that a lot of babies born around October-ish of this year will be named Abel.
LALEH - TACK FORLAT
We don’t have to speak the same language to know when a song is a banger. Swedish songstress Laleh returns with “Tack Forlat” a.k.a “Thanks Sorry.” Self-written and produced, Laleh packs on the electro-pop to drive her message home. What message is that exactly? Well, you can find the translation here.
JADEN SMITH - A CALABASAS FREESTYLE
I love Jaden and I love his flow, and coming from a privileged family and raised in a privileged neighborhood must make it somewhat difficult to produce a freestyle that resonates with the rest of the common people. I don’t know how he does it, but he does it so hella cool.
ARIANA GRANDE - 7 RINGS
I’m featuring Ariana Grande today for the purpose of demonstrating to you that no matter how talented you and your producers and writers may be … there will always be room for haters. I’m not a die-hard fan of Grande but I know how to appreciate a banger when I hear one. Sure she may be misrepresenting the Kawaii pop culture, or sampling Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things,” or borrowing ideas from rappers who haven’t achieved Ariana’s status, but I see it as her making these things more mainstream.
SAM SMITH, NORMANI - DANCING WITH A STRANGER
Sam Smith knows how to hit the sweet spot. Never sounding repetitive and remaining fresh in the game, Smith drops “Dancing With A Stranger.” With vocals from songstress Normani, the two artists go back and forth playfully accusing each other of making them dance fall into the arms of another.
CITY GIRLS - TWERK FT. CARDI B
If you’re a conservative please exit to the left because you’re about to see a whole lotta of gluteus maximus shake shake shake shaking. This is body liberation, this is beauty appreciation, this is talent at it’s best. The only thing I’m hating on is myself because I was blessed with no booty and no rhythm.
LEIKELI47 - TIC BOOM
Leikeli47 scares the sheeeeeets out of me. That woman is saddle blazing through the industry redefining a genre that one could have thought was dead. Like the tics and the tocks in a time bomb, she’s the boom we’ve been craving for. In the words of YouTube commenter Emma XTC “My wig just sent me a text message, it has safely landed on Mars and it's twerking to this jam.”
AMINE - BLACKJACK
Rapper Amine is taking us all back to school is the co-directed video for “BlackJack.” Keeping things relatively clean by teaching us a few things along the way like … Who is Becky? Or like … how to give an appropriate swirly. Give it a play above… we know you’ll enjoy it.
We’re going to wrap things up with 15 additional songs that were too good to pass up but for the sake of our attention spans just couldn’t write about. Enjoy, support the artists you loved this week and follow our Indie Pop playlist on Spotify … we will love you forever!
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.