BEST INDIE SONGS - WEEK 36
Dust down your UGG Boots and grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte, because FALL HAS ARRIVED, Y'ALL! As tempting as it is for me to listen to nothing but Christmas songs from here on out, I promise to restrain myself until AT LEAST Halloween is over! LOL! For real, though, it's been an INCREDIBLE summer for indie music, but I'm HELLAH excited to see what our faves have in store for us now that autumn is underway! Before you head to the Labor Day sales, then, why not get taste of what's to come this fall by checking out the latest edition of We Are: The Guard's Best Indie Songs, featuring Childish Gambino, Wild Nothing, Broods, Darwin Deez, Houses, and more?!
CHILDISH GAMBINO – FEELS LIKE SUMMER
Stop everything that you're doing, as Childish Gambino is back to see summer out in style with another visual masterpiece. The animated follow-up to “This Is America” sees Donald Glover walking through a suburban neighbourhood and encountering everyone who's anyone in the rap game, with the highlight of the clip coming in the form of a dream sequence featuring a crying Kanye West getting comforted by Michelle Obama. It goes without saying that there's a whole lot to unpack here, but I'll leave that to you and the rest of Twitter, because quite frankly, I'm too busy vibing.
WILD NOTHING – CANYON ON FIRE
Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum makes it to the top of our Spotify chart this week with the synth pop fantasia “Canyons on Fire.” The latest single to be unveiled from his recent album Indigo is a reverb-laden love letter to Los Angeles and all of its stereotypes, with Wild Nothing's melancholy Morrissey-esque musings meeting the kind of glittering guitar-driven production that would've sold out stadiums in the 80s.
IC3PEAK – THIS WORLD IS SICK
What do you get if you combine Die Antwoord with Death Grips and throw in some Russian snowfall for good measure?! Ic3peak, the Moscow two-piece consisting of Nastya Kreslina and Nick Kostylev who're straight-up DRILLING into our skulls with their latest single “This World Is Sick,” a chilling piece of experimentalist hip hop that might be the heaviest one and a half minutes of your entire LIFE!
LAUREL – ADORED
HOT DAMN, LAUREL! To quote JAY-Z: “I guess I got my swagger back!” No, really, the London singer-songwriter is showing a completely different side to her sound on “Adored,” an ode to self-love and self-empowerment that hears LAUREL oozing attitude over a rollicking guitar instrumental unlike anything that the 24-year-old has ever put her voice to before!
BROODS – EYES A MESS
Following on from the exhilarating, intoxicating “Peach,” Broods reveal a more haunting side to their sound on their latest single. “Eyes a Mess” is, believe it or not, actually a mashup of two songs by Gotye – “Eyes Wide Open” and “Hearts a Mess” – with Georgia and Caleb Nott more than living up to their name on the brooding electronic cut, which comes ahead of the Auckland duo's album Don't Feed the Pop Monster.
DARWIN DEEZ – GETAWAY
I'm SO here for the second coming of Darwin Deez! The New York City artist takes me back to the days when indie music was at its peak, and the world was a whole lot less of a, well, shitty place. Case in point: “Getaway.” With its blend of quirky, kooky lyrics and angular, jangly guitar riffs, this four-minute cut from 10 Songs That Happened When You Left Me With My Stupid Heart most definitely marks a return to form for this hipster prince!
HOUSES – FAST TALK
It's been five years, but Houses are finally back this week with “Fast Talk.” While the song may sound like a joyous walk in the park on first listen, Dexter Tortoriello reveals that “Fast Talk” is, in actuality, “a memorial for a group of friends I had back in my late teens,” with the frontman's melancholy lyrics sure to resonate with any late-20s, early-30s millennial who's still coming to terms with the death of their youth.
BRIÉN – FORGET HER
Okay, so, being a Jeff Buckley fangirl, I went in assuming that this would be a cover of the Grace cut of the same name. How very wrong I was! Brién's “Forget Her” is, in fact, an experimentalist jazz masterpiece unlike anything that I've ever heard before, with the Belfast producer weaving together a whole variety of vocal and percussive textures in order to create a song that packs in both the vibes and feels.
JAGUAR DREAMS – JUST LIFE
Having debuted on the blogosphere with a cover of Fleetwood Mac, Jaguar Dreams return this week with “Just Life.” Picking up where their previous offering left off, “Just Life” is a positively engulfing piece of synth pop, with the New York City trio juxtaposing lush, dreamy 80s electronics with the kind of lyrics that really make you stop and think: “I put it on the line/Heroes take a long time/Try me baby I got every reason to smile/You gotta let yourself go/It might be the last time/Please, baby, please/Know that that's just life.”
CLOVES – HIT ME HARD
CLOVES is finally finding her voice on the emphatic “Hit Me Hard.” The latest single to be unveiled from the former reality television contestant's forthcoming album One Big Nothing is a HELLAH ballsy slice of foot-stomping blue-eyed soul (think Alice Merton's “No Roots”), with CLOVES revealing that the defiant anthem is about “the defining last moments in a relationship, when you know this time you've said some truths you can't take back and you won't overcome.”
Until next Monday, why not follow We Are: The Guard's Best Indie Daily! on Spotify for more?! HAPPY FALL, Y'ALL! x
Jess Grant is a frustrated writer hailing from London, England. When she isn't tasked with disentangling her thoughts from her brain and putting them on paper, Jess can generally be found listening to The Beatles, or cooking vegetarian food.