8 NEW INDIE POP SONGS THAT YOU NEED TO HEAR ASAP
It’s been a big week for fans of indie pop. From Taylor Swift’s most indie sounding release ever with collaborators including Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner, to a new jam by ROLE MODEL, we’ve got a lot to cover here, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the 8 best indie pop songs of this week!
EMILY BURNS - “I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE THE WORST”
Emily Burns talks about the absolute worst thing in the world on “I Love You, You’re the Worst,” - and that is none other than the helpless feeling of falling in love. How dare that person make you feel something! This song is a bubbly, synth pop jam with a cute pastel video to go with it.
TAYLOR SWIFT FT. BON IVER - “EXILE”
Taylor Swift and Bon Iver have mastered the break up song, and now they’re just showing off together. On “exile,” the two duet over the story of a relationship ending. Neither party agrees on why things went down how they did, but both are hurt. It’s a classic story brought to light in a fresh new way.
UPSAHL - “PEOPLE I DON’T LIKE”
UPSAHL keeps it real. From admitting to only coming to “the party for the drugs,” on single “Drugs,” she brings us another candid truth on “People I Don’t Like.” She talks about the fake niceties that come up at parties and how we all act like we like each other under the right circumstances.
LIZA ANNE - “TOO SOON”
Liza Anne’s new album Bad Vacation is full of bops, cry jams, fun guitar lines, and stellar songwriting. It’s honest, it’s unrestrained, and feels like a release of emotion. On “Too Soon,” she beautifully sings “I want to lose my mind / I want to love you.”
JXDN - “SO WHAT!”
Former emo kids, rejoice! We’ve got a brand new early 2000s-meets-2020s song from jxdn. On “So What!” (no, not “So what / I’m still a rock star” by P!NK), jxdn deals with a broken heart and jams out in his garage.
SLEEPING LION - “WE’RE FINE”
Duo Sleeping Lion has done it again on “We’re Fine.” Poetic lyrics + production that builds in a way that isn’t super obvious = a subtle, but powerful pop-adjacent ballad. In other words, “We’re Fine” is just a really good song. Think a more folk-inspired version of The 1975.
ROLE MODEL - “BLIND”
On “blind,” ROLE MODEL talks about the interesting phenomenon of falling for someone over social media. On one hand, social media lets us see if someone is similar to us before even meeting them. On the other hand, it leads to a lot of idealization and assumptions. Tread carefully, my friends looking for love on the internet.
GLAIVE - “PISSED”
There’s a new surge of alternative(?), emo rap (?), lo-fi music coming out and I’m here for it. The production on Glaive’s “pissed” is WILD. Though the song is just under 2 minutes, it packs a punch in a big way.
Arielle Tindel is from Cleveland, Ohio. She recently graduated from Berklee College of Music with degrees in Music Business Marketing and Songwriting. In her free time, Arielle can be found gardening or playing bass.