NEW INDIE MUSIC - WEEK 44
I'll let you in on a secret: EVERY day is Halloween when you're a music blogger! No, really – I have to listen to some SERIOUSLY spooky sh*t as part of my job here at We Are: The Guard! Fear not, however, as I've filtered out all of the evil tricks and left only the delicious treats for you in the latest edition of New Indie Music! While I go and put the finishing touches to my Grimes costume, then (my boyfriend is dressing up as Elon Musk – it's going to be GREAT!), feel free to check out the following songs from Toro y Moi, Beach House, Nothing But Thieves, Anderson .Paak, MØ, and even more!
MXMS – GRAVEDIGGER
Just in time for Halloween, funeral pop duo MXMS are rising from the dead with the epic “Gravedigger.” “Whatever you do, DON'T f*ck with me,” seems to be the message at the beating heart of “Gravedigger” – which is out now on We Are: The Guard (no biggie!) – with frontwoman Ariel Levitan working her sing-speak black magic over a bedrock of ground-shaking sub-bass courtesy of producer Jeremy Dawson. “Banger” doesn't cover it.
TORO Y MOI – FREELANCE
Toro y Moi continues to distance himself from his chillwave beginnings on the contagiously funky “Freelance.” The first single unveiled from his imminent album Outer Peace hears Chaz Bear Auto-Tuned to the point of cool detachment over a squelchy Studio 54 disco groove, with the song coming completed by some hilariously incisive lyrics that appear to take the p*ss out of Silicon Valley bro culture (“Mystic staring at his phone for oneness/Silver or black mirror, what's the difference?”).
NANCY – TEENAGE FANTASY
Having debuted on the blogosphere last month with a cover of “These Boots Are Made for Walking,” UK newcomer Nancy returns this October with “Teenage Fantasy.” With lo-fi vocal melodies coming awash in a haze of vibrant synths and guitars, “Teenage Fantasy” is a neo-psychedelic dream sequence that oozes with a kind of rose-tinted nostalgia for youth. “It is the soundtrack to the childhood I never had and the road map to a future I can't predict,” says Nancy. Listen.
BEACH HOUSE – ALIEN
Following on from the release of their album 7 in May, Beach House return this month with “Alien.” Clocking in at just over four minutes, the song is very much an extension of the foggy dream pop presented on the Baltimore duo's previous collection, with Victoria Legrand's lushly disembodied vocals coming surrounded by whirring walls of guitars. Think David Bowie's “'Heroes'” meets My Bloody Valentine, and you're almost there.
FARR – INDECISION
Operating in the interzone between Los Angeles and London, FARR deliver soul music with a post-apocalyptic twist on “Indecision.” Featuring vocalist Roméo's gospel-like croon coming set against a backdrop of dystopian sound effects and subwoofer-rattling basslines, “Indecision” is a powerfully human cry for help in an increasingly inhuman world.
NOTHING BUT THIEVES – TAKE THIS LONELY HEART
Rock hopefuls Nothing But Thieves are closing out their recent EP What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way? in deeply dramatic style. “Take This Lonely Heart” is a gut-wrenching number about the mental health struggles of touring musicians, with classically trained frontman Conor Mason pouring quite literally everything into his powerhouse vocal performance over an operatic build that releases all of its tension in the chorus.
ANDERSON .PAAK (FEAT. KENDRICK LAMAR) – TINTS
Ahead of the release of his album Oxnard on Aftermath, Anderson .Paak has shared the funky fresh “Tints.” The follow-up to the Busta Rhymes-featuring “Bubblin” finds Anderson joining forces with another rap legend, Kendrick Lamar, with both artists rolling down the windows and cruising the groovy-as-hell basslines with ease. The video is also worth a watch, with Anderson and Kendrick pictured heading to a strip club, going drag racing, and more in the clip, which also includes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo from Dr. Dre.
TEN FÉ – WON'T HAPPEN
It's been a minute since we last heard from Ten Fé, but the London two-turned-five-piece are driving their way back into our hearts with their new single “Won't Happen.” Taken from their impending album Future Perfect, Present Tense, it's a gleaming indie rock swirl as headed by incessant acoustics and groovy basslines, with frontmen and founding members Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan presiding over the whole thing with a Bruce Springsteen-esque warmth.
MØ – BLUR
Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, better known to all of us as MØ, comes to terms with the disorientating impacts of fame on her multisensory latest single. Over an acoustic guitar that pays homage to another neurotic indie anthem, “Where Is My Mind?” by Pixies, listen as MØ sounds equal parts exhilarant and unstable on “Blur,” a technicolor rush of blood to the head that features on her recent album Forever Neverland.
JAGUAR DREAMS – A REAL WOMAN
Three months on from debuting on the blogosphere with a cover of Fleetwood Mac, Brooklyn's Jaguar Dreams are back this October and channeling another legendary 80s outfit on “A Real Woman”: Talking Heads. Fans of the Stop Making Sense icons are sure to dig this bongo-infused slice of new wave, which Jaguar Dreams describe as their “party song.” They continue: “It talks about 'A Real Woman,' but it's really about anyone who's real, who knows themselves, and who doesn't give a f*ck what anyone else thinks.”
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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.