Best New Indie
If this playlist is at all indicative of what's to come over the next 12 months, then something tells us that we're in for one HELL of a year for indie music! Hit play on the following 10 tracks from Cigarettes After Sex, Allie X, SZA, San Holo, VÉRITÉ, and LOTS more!
There are few artists as confident as Kyan Palmer, which is probably why his contribution to our Indie Christmas compilation is so sweet. Palmer clearly isn't afraid to experiment with his pristine vocals, which may explain why he's filling BIG blue suede shoes this winter season.
AlternativEDM. Just coined a new genre. Done. Easy. Or Unlike Pluto did and I’m just the vessel from where the words come. I mean he did all the real work after all in creating a song that fits as casually with early 2000’s alterna-grunge as it does with late 2010’s electro-future.
If you told me that dark, dirge-y electropop group MXMS tried their hand at recording a Christmas cover song, I would have laughed at you. But they’re totally part of We Are The Guard Indie Christmas compilation, and they chose such a fitting, epic song for the holidays that it could be the best indie Christmas song of the whole bunch.
Gabriel Black’s sound is relatable; it’s genuine, DIY indie, and he groups it with videos of his unique sketches, personalizing his music even further. Hurricane presents itself as a stark emo anthem; the guitar riffs churning along the track are just the right amount of pop punk and fit well with the themes of the song: love sucks.
Here’s EMAN8's take on Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, which has melted the borders and icicles surrounding my icy little heart.