BEST INDIE SONGS - WEEK 52
Well, well, well, readers – we've finally made it.
Christmas is officially less than 24 hours away, and I'm not sure about you, but I can't WAIT to see the back of it!
Jokes aside – I know that we like to poke fun at it here at We Are: The Guard, but the team and I genuinely hope that you have a wonderful day full of joy and cheer!
May your cell phone be charged and Wi-Fi connection stable!
Oh, and don't forget to take some time out to impress your family with the We Are: The Guard Indie Christmas compilation, because really – what would this introduction be without one last plug of that?!
If you'd rather set your gingerbread house alight than listen to another Christmas track, then fear not as We Are: The Guard has also got you covered with the latest edition of Best Indie Songs.
Featuring The Raconteurs, Kodak Black, Grabbitz & Pierce Fulton, and seven other favorites, the following indie playlist is best served chilled with a tumbler of Grandma's spiked whiskey eggnog.
JOSEPH – SISTER WINTER (SUFJAN STEVENS COVER)
A chill may be in the air, but folk outfit Joseph are making me feel like I'm wrapped up in the warmth of my family home with this cover of Sufjan Stevens' “Sister Winter.”
Both fans of the original and newcomers to the song will be sure to appreciate the sisterly trio's hand-stitched vocal harmonies, which breathe fresh life into Sufjan's signature somber lyrics.
THE RACONTEURS – SUNDAY DRIVER
Ten years on from the release of Consolers of the Lonely, The Raconteurs return to single-handedly save rock and roll from the grip of Greta Van Fleet with “Sunday Driver.”
Jack White takes the lead on this kerosene-soaked ripper, with the former White Stripes frontman seen going full throttle while armed with a golden Gibson Flying V in the accompanying video as directed by “acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, inventor, and vanguard in artistic 3-D imaging” Steven Sebring.
TENDER – BOTTLED UP
Anxiety is exhausting, largely because we spend so much of our time trying to hide it from others, and it's that internal struggle that TENDER focus in on throughout their latest single.
“Bottled up/Won't talk about it/Nobody needs to know/Nobody needs to know/Between me and my mind/Believe me, I've tried/Nobody needs to know/Nobody needs to know,” sings frontman James Cullen in his ever-achingly androgynous manner on “Bottled Up,” an oh-so-slinky swirl of electronic R&B that comes ahead of TENDER's album Fear of Falling Asleep, due out in 2019.
MATT MAESON – CRINGE
I was so very impressed by Matt Maeson's recent offering “The Mask,” that I spent the best part of last week digging through the Virginia Beach artist's discography – an activity that led me to discover today's featured number “Cringe.”
Okay, okay – so it was first released in 2016, I admit, but that doesn't mean that it's worth any less of a listen. If you liked the raw soulfulness of “The Mask,” in fact, then prepare to LOVE this song, which once again hears Matt's husky voice and poetic lyrics taking pride of place center stage.
KODAK BLACK (FEAT. JUICE WRLD) – MOSHPIT
Kodak Black is bringing the rage to his...actually pretty chill latest single “MoshPit.”
“I'm stompin'/Let's start a moshpit/Fuck a protest, let's start a moshpit/Yeah,” raps the Pompano Beach, Florida native on the Dying to Live cut, which hears Kodak trading Auto-Tuned bars with fellow hip-hop upstart Juice WRLD over a soothing cascade of beats that wouldn't sound out of place in my other We Are: The Guard playlist.
DOG ORCHESTRA – CAROL OF THE BELLS (MYKOLA LEONTOVYCH AND PETER WILHOUSKY COVER)
Let's face it – Christmas music is going to be pretty much unavoidable over the next 24 hours, but the team and I have done all that we can to make the experience less sucky for you by putting together our very own covers album entitled We Are: The Guard Indie Christmas.
Featuring 11 modern takes on old-school Christmas classics – including this eerie-as-hell version of “Carol of the Bells” by Sweden-via-Berlin's Dog Orchestra – We Are: The Guard Indie Christmas is available to listen to right now.
BOY HARSHER – FATE
Ahead of the release of their album Careful in 2019, Boy Harsher have shared the post-apocalyptic pulser “Fate.”
This is music made for skulking about rain-soaked alleyways of the not-so-distant future, with Boy Harsher matching subterranean angst to hints of 80s nostalgia in order to create a slab of dystopian dark wave for vampires and their victims alike.
BENNY BLANCO (FEAT. TY DOLLA $IGN & 6LACK) – MORE/DIAMOND RING
Following on from “Better to Lie,” his collaboration with The Neighbourhood's Jesse Rutherford and Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee, benny blanco is back this week with another gloomy, introspective team-up.
“More/Diamond Ring” hears the GRAMMY Award-nominated producer duetting with Ty Dolla $ign and 6LACK in order to bring his vibey two-part vision to life, with 6LACK, in particular, sounding at his moody, pensive best during his Dem Franchize Boyz-referencing verse.
EXES (FEAT. JOME) – ONE DAY
Los Angeles-via-New York band EXES collaborate with Jome in order to bring us the ultimate “snuggling up with bae by the fireside” anthem this holiday season.
“'One Day' is almost like our take on a winter love song,” reveal EXES of the heartwarming acoustic ballad, which is as comforting as a blanket and a hot cup of cocoa on Christmas night. “Whenever we write with Jome, we always tend to hit that happy-sad sweet spot lyrically and musically.”
GRABBITZ & PIERCE FULTON – INFORMATION OVERLOAD
There can be something soul-destroying about social media, but Grabbitz is here to remind us that there's more to life than what we see online on his funky latest single.
Over a subwoofer-engulfing, genre-defying production courtesy of Pierce Fulton, listen as Grabbitz applies a critical lens to the filtered feeds of so-called “Instagram influencers” on “Information Overload,” which will have you grooving all the way to your nearest “log out” button.
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Merry Christmas! 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.