BEST INDIE SONGS - WEEK 45

11/5/18

Hello, readers! Happy November! Can you believe that there are only 50 DAYS until Christmas?! As tempting as it is for me to listen to nothing but Mariah Carey for the next two months, I promise to hold off until AT LEAST Thanksgiving (apparently not everyone is practicing this same self-restraint, what considering “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is already back in the iTunes Chart). Anyways, that extra hour in bed has got me feeling all kinds of energetic this Monday morning (as you can probably tell by this intro), so before I get too distracted by everything “holiday season,” let's turn our attention to the latest edition of We Are: The Guard's Best Indie Songs. Featuring Twin Shadow, Poppy, White Lies, Gerard Way, Beirut, and five other faves, this playlist has something for everyone!

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MIYA FOLICK – COST YOUR LOVE

What is it about toxic relationships that are so addictive?! Why do we continually return to drink the poison of those who want to hurt us?! It's these questions and more that the magnetic Miya Folick finds herself asking on her latest single “Cost Your Love,” a dark doo-wop ode to “crawling back to bad behaviors” that features on her recent album Premonitions.

 

SUNFLOWER BEAN – COME FOR ME

Having found their voice on their previous album Twentytwo in Blue, New York's Sunflower Bean are making it heard loud and clear on their gnarly latest single.  “Do you really wanna come for me?/Do you, do you, do you, do you?” snarls frontwoman Julia Cumming on “Come for Me,” a chunky glam rock-indebted belter that gives a grand total of zero fucks. Julia: “This song was inspired by inner strength, power, and sexual freedom. In 2018 there is no time to waste and no time for shame. This song is a declaration of that.”

 

TWIN SHADOW – HOLLOW DAYS

If April's Caer didn't quite quench your thirst for everything Twin Shadow, then you'll be pleased to hear that George Lewis Jr. is back this month with “Hollow Days.” The song finds the Los Angeles-based musician tapping into his Dominican roots, with Twin Shadow's shadowy synth melancholia coming contrasted against the fruity, vibrant rhythms of Bachata and Merengue. P.S. Is anyone else here for Twin Shadow in a cowboy hat?!

 

WHETHAN (FEAT. HONNE) – RADAR

Every once in a while, a song comes along that makes us feel SO good, we have to feature it twice. Case in point: Whethan's “Radar.” One month on from dropping the HONNE-featuring single, the producer returns this November with the video, and let me tell you: It's a big ol' dose of posivibes! Directed by Spencer Graves, the clip follows an anthropomorphic sunflower as he hangs out with friends in and around the city of Los Angeles, with the whole thing certain to leave you with a gigantic smile on your face :-).

 

POPPY (FEAT. GRIMES) – PLAY DESTROY

Me: I'm not really a fan of heavy metal, tbh.

Poppy and Grimes: *Release a heavy metal song*

Me:

 

LITTLE MAY – LOVER

They recently went from three members to just two, but Little May are back and sounding, well, bigger than ever on “Lover.” The Australian folk duo's first single since 2015's For the Company is a stark warning aimed at those who dare to cross or f*ck with Little May, with Hannah Field and Liz Drummond's harmonic attitude packing a serious punch over a boldly rock and roll instrumental. Listen.

 

WHITE LIES – BELIEVE IT

When it comes to stadium-sized post-punk, nobody does it better than White Lies. The British trio have a history of cranking out Wembley-worthy anthems, and the band are delivering once again on their latest single “Believe It,” a song about therapy that hears frontman Harry McVeigh's reverberating baritone hanging heavy like a storm cloud over a gleaming synth palette.

 

GERARD WAY – BABY YOU'RE A HAUNTED HOUSE

Halloween may be over, but not for Gerard Way, who returns this week with “Baby You're a Haunted House.” Clearly, all of that candy corn went to the My Chemical Romance frontman's head last Wednesday, as “Baby You're a Haunted House” is nothing short of a three-minute pop punk sugar rush (think more Green Day than MCR), with power chords and handclaps backing Gerard's deliciously fun vocal melodies.

 

BEIRUT – GALLIPOLI

Beirut are back, baby! Four years on from the release of No No No, Zach Condon and company return this 2018 with “Gallipoli,” the title track from their forthcoming album of the same name. Big, bold, and brassy, “Gallipoli” was reportedly inspired a procession that Zach witnessed in the southern Italian town of the same name, with the stately trumpets and marching drums lending the song a real party atmosphere.

 

AGE.SEX.LOCATION – EARLY TO THE PARTY

Introducing Age.Sex.Location, “a revolving set of close friends and collaborators” who're making nothing short of musical magic on “Early to the Party.” With its simple acoustics and Paul McCartney-esque melodic flourishes, there's something intrinsically timeless about “Early to the Party,” although this is far from a long-lost White Album cut, with lead singers John Ryan and Shungudzo's dreamy boy-girl vocal harmonies carrying Age.Sex.Location right into the beating heart of 2018.

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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.