BEST INDIE SONGS - WEEK 51 2014
If BitCandy were like any other music blog, we'd be spending our time and energy in the lead up to Christmas compiling Best of lists. But BitCandy aren't like any other music blog. Rather than tell you about dope shit that you've already listened to, we want to tell you about dope shit that you haven't. Dope shit like Twin Shadow, Shlohmo and Tobacco, all of whom feature in this week's best indie songs. It's your choice. Remain stuck in 2014, the year of the selfie, booty and Taylor Swift, or come with us into 2015, which sounds something like this.
TWIN SHADOW – TURN ME UP
Welcome back, Twin Shadow, welcome fucking back. Dude gave me the heebie jeebies in August when he suddenly cancelled his tour, but it turned out it was because he was signing to a major label, on which George Lewis Jr. releases arguably the biggest single of his career, “Turn Me Up.” Indeed.
LAKE SOUTH – GOOD KEEN MAN
Ever wish you turned out to be a responsible adult with a smartphone as opposed to a free-spirited hipster with a student loan? This is precisely the existential crisis the upcoming New Zealand artist, Lake South, broods upon in “Good Keen Man,” one of BitCandy's favorite apathetic anthems of 2014.
DOTAN – HOME
It'd be wrong of me to call Dotan's “Home” a “new song,” since it's already topped the chart and reached double platinum status in both the Netherlands and Belgium. But it's certainly “new” to most of us here in the States. For shame, as it's big. Like, “Take Me to Church” big. Dude is the Dutch Hozier.
EVA AND THE HEARTMAKER – TAKE A RIDE
Sweden tends to be my Nordic country of choice when it comes to electro-pop, but recently, Norway has been killing it. Not that there's anything “recent” about Eva and the Heartmaker. The Sogndal icons have been killing it for eight fucking years now, and continue to do so on “Take a Ride.” Banger.
SHLOHMO – EMERGE FROM SMOKE
“Emerge From Smoke” is Shlohmo's first single since signing to True Panther Records, and in short, it fucking bangs. Industrial synthesisers? Check. Distorted guitars? Check. Drum and bass? Check. You crazy for this one, Henry. Bring on the album and the tour in 2015. That's right. Dude got tour. Hyped.
EMPATHY TEST – THROWING STONES EP
Empathy Test left it a little late to drop one of the best records of 2014, but better late than never. Taking inspiration from CHVRCHES, Purity Ring and Depeche Mode, the London duo's Throwing Stones EP is a must for any fan of synth-pop that all at once sounds nostalgic, contemporary and utterly futuristic.
BILLIE MARTEN – WINTER SONG
As Christmas approaches, let's take a moment to indulge in this breathtaking cover of Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson's “Winter Song” by the 15-year-old Yorkshire chanteuse, Billie Marten, in support of CoppaFeel. If you're a fan of Laura Marling or Marika Hackman, you must check this prodigy out.
TOBACCO – PROWLER BEATS
And now for something completely different. Black Moth Super Rainbow's frontman, Tobacco, invaded my SoundCloud feed yet again this week with “Prowler Beats,” a reported outtake from the Maniac Meat era, circa-2010. Squelchy arpeggios for life. If this is an outtake, think how dope the album is.
BABY ALPACA – ROLLER COASTER
Baby Alpaca defied the internet this week when, after a year-long hiatus, the Brooklyn quintet dropped this sexy little number to SoundCloud. Combining a “High and Dry” beat, a slinky guitar and a silky smooth vocal, I think it's clear what these not-so-innocent animals were up to while they were away.
SEA CHANGE – ABOVE
The Oslo songbird, Ellen A.W. Sunde, who performs under the Beck-inspired moniker, Sea Change, is the definition of dream-pop: bewitching, forward-thinking and utterly otherworldly. On “Above,” she brings together all of these elements to create a masterpiece of the genre. I repeat: Norway is killing it.
That's it for this week's best indie songs, but BitCandy are back with more dope shit next Monday. In the meantime, keep the party going in the comments.
About Jess Grant
When Jess Grant isn't writing on music, she can be found playing it – on her guitar, on her ukulele, and on her recently acquired mandolin. Playing it hideously, she ought to add. Jess also studies. She studies the English language, to be precise. Jess is currently on her way to a degree in the subject, and enjoys starting and never finishing novels, screenplays, and poetry in her spare time. She also likes dogs. Lots of dogs.