NEW INDIE MUSIC - WEEK 38
Hello, hipsters, and thanks for joining me for...erm, wait a sec. It'd appear as though my brand spanking new Apple Watch 4 is detecting a “dangerously fast heartbeat.” While I did order a rather large Pumpkin Spice Latte this morning, something tells me that this is less to do with my caffeine intake and more to do with the latest edition of We Are: The Guard's New Indie Music. What can I say, while most “meh” musical algorithms leave me with a flatline, this human-curated playlist is packed full of so many thrills, it was inevitable that it'd get my blood pumping! If you're also searching for an adrenaline boost this Monday, then look no further than the following tracks from Gorillaz, HEALTH & Soccer Mommy, HOLYCHILD, Thom Yorke, Jacob Banks, and more. Just don't forget to bring your dongle.
GORILLAZ – TRANZ
It may've been kept off the top of YouTube's Trending Chart by Eminem's Machine Gun Kelly diss track “KILLSHOT,” but we're still giving this video for Gorillaz's “Tranz” plenty of love here at We Are: The Guard. Of course, it helps that the squelchy dopamine-drenched groove is our favorite cut off the animated band's recent album The Now Now, not to mention that this Jamie Hewlett-directed clip actually marks the first time in Gorillaz history that they've performed “live” on video. True story!
HAZEY EYES (FEAT. YOKE LORE) – SCARS
As summer makes way for fall, Philly producer Hazey Eyes is offering up the perfect rainy-day anthem in the form of the Yoke Lore-featuring “Scars.” Snuggle up with your bae beneath a warm blanket and enjoy this dreamily melodic indie-electronic hybrid, which is currently sitting pretty at the top of We Are: The Guard's Best Indie Daily! on Spotify!
LANA DEL REY – MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX
It's here, it's here! Following months of teasing, Lana Del Rey has finally shared the first taste from her forthcoming album and the follow-up to 2017's Lust for Life, and let me tell you, it's EVERYTHING! “Mariners Apartment Complex” is a cinematically melancholic piano ballad that, like all of Lana's music, feels like it's existed since the beginning of time, with her tragicomedy songwriting coming complimented by a widescreen instrumental courtesy of Bleachers frontman and all-round superproducer Jack Antonoff.
POM POKO – FOLLOW THE LIGHTS
Having recently signed to Bella Union, Norway's Pom Poko have shared the first single to be unveiled from their forthcoming debut album, due out next year. “Follow the Lights” is a stompingly elephantine slice of art rock that crushes everything in its path, with lead singer Ragnhild Fangel Jamtveit going along for the ride like some crazed, wide-eyed mahout.
HEALTH & SOCCER MOMMY – MASS GRAVE
HEALTH and Soccer Mommy is a collaboration that I never realized that I wanted. Now I'm wondering how I ever lived without it. With the nights starting to draw in and my favorite holiday of the year, Halloween, fast approaching, this shadowy gothic rock monolith – which I ought to add was produced by none other than Purity Ring's Corrin Roddick – quite honestly couldn't have come at a better time for me. BRB, dusting down my jack-o'-lanterns.
HOLYCHILD – HUNDRED THOUSAND HEARTS
The world is full of so much hate, but HOLYCHILD are here to counteract that with their latest single. “'Hundred Thousand Hearts' is about how nothing else matters except love. The world will eventually end, and I hope when my residual energy is floating past the constellations it holds some semblance of the love I have in my life,” says frontwoman Liz Nistico of the quirked-out slice of weirdo pop, which is bursting with so much energy, it's nothing short of INFECTIOUS!
THOM YORKE – SUSPIRIUM
How awkward is it going to be if Thom Yorke wins an Oscar before Jonny Greenwood?! Because, listening to “Suspirium,” the initial cut to be unveiled from the Radiohead frontman's soundtrack for the approaching Suspiria remake, it honestly wouldn't surprise me if he goes on to scoop an award at next year's ceremony. The three-and-a-half-minute piano piece is nothing short of haunting, and it's made even better by the fact that Thom has added his voice to the composition – an unexpected surprise that genuinely sent chills down my spine on first play.
NOVO AMOR – UTICAN
Novo Amor is back to his most celebratory best on “Utican.” The latest single to be unveiled from the folk troubadour's impending album Birthplace triumphantly gallops along to the point that it leaves your heart racing and lungs breathless, with Ali Lacey describing the jubilant composition – which comes paired with an emotional video directed by Ethan Graham – as “a proud and immediate realisation of growing up.”
JACOB BANKS (FEAT. SEINABO SEY) – BE GOOD TO ME
She enlisted Jacob Banks for her song “Remember” in April, and Seinabo Sey returns the favor this month by lending her vocals to the British force of nature's latest single “Be Good to Me.” It goes without saying that We Are: The Guard never get tired of hearing these two powerhouses performing together, with Jacob's certified roar most definitely meeting its match in Seinabo on this earth-shatteringly soulful ode to the push and pull of a toxic relationship.
BEST YOUTH – NIGHTFALLS
Closing out with a song that's guaranteed to have you dancing on your way to work this Monday. No, really, Best Youth are most definitely going to brighten your morning with this ridiculously catchy slice of synth pop perfection that was produced by Chairlift's Patrick Wimberly and features on the Portuguese duo's recent album Cherry Domino. The video is worth a watch, too, with Best Youth revealing on YouTube that the Ed Rocha Gonçalves and César Augusto-directed clip was shot in an abandoned shopping mall in Oporto that's since become a creative hub for artists and musicians.
Until next Monday, why not follow We Are: The Guard's Best Indie Daily! on Spotify for more?! 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.