BEST OF INDIE POP - WEEK 18
Both you and I know there are like a bagillion songs released every day, to be more specific, there is an average of 40 million songs uploaded to Spotify on a daily basis waiting for someone to click play. But unless you are being paid to filter through 40 million songs or are a true music nerd snorting crack and drinking coke all day, there is no way you’d be able to even tickle the surface. That’s where We Are: The Guard comes in with our Best of Indie Pop post. Yes, we are the ones snorting pixie sticks and drinking bulletproof coffee in an effort to bring you the 10 top songs of the week. So listen below and thank us for not putting you through the filtering process. And don’t worry, I swear we won’t cover the latest unicorn dropping from Taylor Swift.
MXMS - SALVATION HURTS
We’re kicking off this post with the MXMS single “Salvation Hurts,” taken from their newly released debut album Funeral Pop I. This track is covered in gloom but the difference here is that there is a sense of hope as the song elevates to its climax where we hear Levitan shout “hey Hallelujah.” But fans need not worry about MXMS stepping out of the shadows because they quickly discover that salvation ain’t looking for them. Me and My Shadow will forever reign in the realm of funeral pop.
K.FLAY - THIS BABY DON’T CRY
K.Flay is all about giving no shits and she’s unapologetically screaming it in our ears. You can stare her up and down, tell her she sucks ducks, hate on her for not being mainstream, and guess what she won’t even bat an eye because baby don’t cry.
LALEH - SAND OVERALLT
Swedish singer/songwriter Laleh knows how to draw out the best from people. You don’t have to know the language to understand the positive vibes. “Sand Overallt” radiates feel-good pop. Take a listen for yourself and see if it makes you feel better than how you felt prior ot listening to it.
LAUV - DRUGS & THE INTERNET
LAUV makes us feel lonelier than what we actually are as he takes us into what happens when you choose drugs and internet over people. Take this path and it will result in your mother drinking and smoking, which will then lead to your house burning down and lead you to being stuck inside a computer monitor. Avoid all this by avoiding drugs.
LOYLE CARNER - ANGEL FT. TOM MISCH
Do me and you a favor and listen to Loyle Carner’s “Angel.” You’ll thank me for this trust me. And once you do, check out the rappers latest album Not Waving, But Drowning. You might just end up connecting with him more than what you thought you would.
TERROR JR - LOVED BY YOU
Terror Jr. has created another playful single that bleeds bubblegum pop. “Loved By You” begs to be taken to the dance floor and be moved. Leave all emotions to be sweated out as you move to the made for clubbing beat.
J.I.D. - 151 RUM
Caution: 151 Rum while light up your playing device on fire. The energy is crazy, but don’t get too carried away with its beat because upon closer listen the words make you go “damn, that was dark.” For an official breakdown of the single click here.
MAX - LOVE ME LESS (FEAT. QUIN XCII)
At first listen this might come off as just another pop song, but “Love Me Less” is a sincere confession, or rather an attempt at a confession. It’s pretty much saying to love me as I am. Who I was is not who I be. I don’t know how you all feel about this but the lyrics could work perfectly for a wedding vow.
BIG DATA - PUT ME TO WORK
Big Data is back and is putting your ears to work by trying to decipher who this song is about. Is it about you? Is Big Data aware that you are a slave to the man? Is Big Data wanting to set you free? Answers to these questions may be found in Big Data’s upcoming sophomore album 3.0.
STORMZY - VOSSI BOP
Say whaaaattt?! Forget the wig, Stormzy snatched my clothes off! “Vossi Bop” invites you to get down and do the vossi bop to the beat da ra da ra da ra da ra. Once again, the man, the legend, is on a higher level than all other rappers and he knows it.
Thanks for listening. We’ll be back with more bangers next week.
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.