BEST OF INDIE POP - WEEK 46
For over half a decade or so now, We Are: The Guard has been running the Best of Indie pop column. A few things have changed, like going from PopSmut to Best of Indie Pop, but we clearly have a formula that works because we’ve remained consistent with finding noteworthy pop bangers, ballads, and sing-alongs. Sure it’s helpful that the main guy behind WATG is in the music industry but without artists like the ones featured today or without you guys, our loyal and new readers, I’d be another lost soul walking down sunset boulevard trying to make it big as the west coast’s naked cowboy. So … how about we get down to business and turn our ears to the latest new gems from Chelsea Wolfe, Hozier and more?
TIERRA WHACK - BUGS LIFE
The internet is a strange, weird, and exciting place, it’s not clear how exactly I fell into Tierra Whack, but damn I’m so grateful. She’s as twisted as the internet and for that I love her. Earlier this year she dropped Whack World, a 15 track album with 60 second tracks. Of those tracks “Bug’s Life” is hands down a favorite. She’s poet whose message not only pushes for change but it also pokes fun at some obvious stereotypical facts.
CHELSEA WOLFE - SCRAPE
Every time I wake up during the witching hours of the night I imagine walking into something similar to Wolfe’s video for her terrifyingly haunting single “Scrape.” Chelsea Wolfe has a clear understanding of being able to take something truly haunting and turn it into something hypnotic. She pulls you in and you’re stuck like a moth in a spider’s web anxiously waiting to be devoured by nonother than Wolfe. Oh if only :)
HOZIER - MOVEMENT
The voice that the singing god’s gifted to Hozier the mortal is back with a piece that will shoot the hairs on your skin straight up. “Movement” is another exemplary piece that showcases the artist’s belting capabilities. What’s more impressive is his control of evoking calm and chaos with the change of a chord. Together with dancer Sergei Polunin, and the direction of Chris Barrett and Luke Taylor, the visuals for “Movement” transcend into something spiritual.
JAGUAR DREAMS - A REAL WOMAN
Trio Jaguar Dreams wants you to move and they’ll make you bust out your dancing shoes with their disco-inspired single “A Real Woman.” With cowbells and all, “A Real Woman” embraces some soul-funk groovy beats sending signals to all the single ladies out there who are looking to get a piece of them. The band says that “It’s a celebration about embracing individuality,” but me thinks it’s more of a mating call. So ladies, send in your fan mail with a headshot to 123 Jaguar Dreams BLVD. Los Angeles, Ca 00000.
NOAH CYRUS WITH GALLANT - MAD AT YOU
Channeling some Sam Smith, Noah Cyrus delivers another emotional bedroom pop ballad. The chemistry between Cyrus and Gallant in “Mad At You” stirs up human emotions that those on any kind of relationship can relate to.
BAZZI - DREAMS
Bazzi takes us into his dreams in his video for “Dreams.” The crooner goes through skies, doors, and worlds chasing after a female, but never being able to catch up to her. The silky melody is the perfect sound to send you off to bed and have dreams of your own chase. My dream would be Bazzi, Joji, and Post Malone collaborating on a single.
MOLLY RAINFORD - I LIKE YOU
Catchy beat - Yes! Catchy hook - Yes! A voice that melts in your ears - Yes! Molly Rainford’s debut single “I like You” is not a far cry from when she first appeared on a stage at the tender age of 11. She had pipes back then but sometimes waiting to mature has its perks as we obviously can hear in the above. Yes, Molly, we do like you, in fact, we LOVE you.
CLEAN BANDIT - BABY FEAT. MARINA & LUIS FONSI
It’s a fusion of cultures in Clean Bandit’s new production “Baby.” The electronic group enlists the vocals of Welsh artist Marina and Puerto Rican crossover sensation Luis Fonsi. The combination of dance electro dance beats and a flamenco guitar, “Baby” can easily become a hit both in pop charts and in the latin culture.
MORE GIRAFFES - AOP
More Giraffes have grown to be the coolest anti cool kids since not being cool was cool. Creating music for the forward thinking generation of indivuals and free spirits, More Giraffes have released their debut EP It Was A Joke. “AOP” forms part of the collection of tracks that will have you smiling and pressing repeat on the good vibes radianting from your speakers.
ASHS - WITHOUT YOU
ASHS won us over with “More Than Trust” and since we obviously had to hear more we grabbed her debut EP 3 AM and fell in love with “Without You.” Channeling some PC Music and Ashanti/Ja Rule circa early 2000s, “Without You” will have you immersed in the sounds created for the intention of leaving you feeling grateful for moving on from the P.O.S. you were once dating.
As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Feel free to share the tracks you loved and let us know what you think. We’ll be back next week with more of our favorite pop songs.
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.