NEW INDIE MUSIC - WEEK 45
While you were busy getting to grips with your iPhone X over the weekend (RIP life savings), We Are: The Guard were once again curating the latest edition of New Indie Music for your listening pleasure! If you're still in search of that perfect song to record your Animoji Karaoke to this Monday, then the following tracks from Slowdive, Ariel Pink, Benjamin Clementine, Young Fathers, Overcoats and five other favorites are sure to provide you with plenty of options to choose from. Just don't forget to tag @WeAreTheGuard in your video so that we can show it to the rest of our readers!
SLOWDIVE – DON'T KNOW WHY
It's still hard to get our heads around the fact that Slowdive have reunited, but six months on from the release of their self-titled comeback album, the shoegaze icons continue to light up our lives this November with the video for the dappling “Don't Know Why.” Directed by Grant Singer, it's a visceral visual that takes place across three vignettes, starting with footage of a Siberian Husky bounding through a meadow at dawn. “This video is less about logic and more about a feeling,” reveals Singer in a press release. “It's a triptych about memory, about being lost and abandoned.”
ARIEL PINK – I WANNA BE YOUNG
In September, he unveiled his 11th album Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, and this month, lo-fi pop auteur Ariel Pink returns with the video for the bleary highlight “I Wanna Be Young.” The visual sees Pink – who played the part a romantic goofball in his previous video for “Feels Like Heaven” – collaborating with multimedia architect Salvador Cresta in order to create what appears to be a devotional shrine to his youth, with photos of Pink through the years coming combined with a surreal spread of religious imagery.
BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE – JUPITER
Benjamin Clementine heads to the parched plains of Albuquerque in the video for I Tell a Fly's “Jupiter.” The Lola Montes Schnabel-directed visual sees the London balladeer bounding through the arid desert while wielding an American flag, with the lyrics exploring his feelings after receiving a United States visa that described him as an “alien.” Clementine: “Wandering around in America, there was Trump and Clinton, there was the Orlando attack, the New Orleans attack – here I was thinking I was living in a safe place, but nothing was really safe anymore, or ever.”
YOUNG FATHERS – LORD
Having contributed “Only God Knows” to Danny Boyle's T2 Trainspotting in January, Young Fathers take us to church once again this month with “Lord.” Bringing together ecstatic gospel choirs and lurching electronic beats, the first single to be unveiled from their forthcoming third album and the follow-up to White Men Are Black Men Too is a rhapsodic piano ballad that hears the Edinburgh experimentalists continue to challenge our preconceptions of rap and hip hop in the most unexpected of ways.
OVERCOATS – I DON'T BELIEVE IN US
To coincide with the recent release of the deluxe edition of their debut album Young, New York City folktronica duo Overcoats have shared the quaint bonus song “I Don't Believe in Us.” An ode to the end of a toxic relationship that hears band members Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell harmonizing like sisters, it comes accompanied by a video directed by Sinjun Strom and Aaron Vazquez that brings some serious fall aesthetic goals with its mixture of aching stares and interpretive dance routines.
RHYE – TASTE
With Rhye gearing up to release their much-anticipated second album in 2018, the Los Angeles duo comprising of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal have shared “Taste.” Produced by regular collaborator King Henry, the follow-up to “Please” is a pillowy R&B groove that has us feeling some type of way, with the song's club-indebted heartbeat coming caressed by Milosh's ever-seductive coo.
BAKAR – SMALL TOWN GIRL
As grime continues to dominate the pirate radio waves, Bakar is here to remind us that indie isn't dead in the London music scene with his latest single “Small Town Girl.” Produced by Future Cut, it hears the up-and-coming laureate – who recently teamed up with Manchester duo and We Are: The Guard favorites Shy Luv on “Like a River” – singing over a simple guitar vibe, with the minimal arrangement allowing the focus to fall on Bakar's charismatic songwriting. FFO: Jamie T, Bloc Party.
JENS KUROSS – SPIRALING
Following on from his tour supporting We Are: The Guard favorite Bonobo, Los Angeles producer Jens Kuross is back to doing what he does best this November with his latest single “Spiraling.” Clocking in at just over four minutes, it's a song that gradually reveals its secrets to its listeners. With vocal and instrumental layers slowly unfurling like the three-dimensional curves of a helix, “Spiraling” is a dexterously crafted piece of music that comes completed by a truly symphonic crescendo.
K Á R Y Y N – EVER
She's been co-signed by everyone from Björk to Marina Abramović, and listening to the lofty latest single from Aleppo-raised, Los Angeles-based “visual composer” K Á R Y Y N, it's really not hard to hear why. With a time span of almost seven minutes, “Ever” pushes creativity to the very outer limits. Featuring K Á R Y Y N's glassy vocals meeting an electronic production that shifts and lurches, before falling apart in the visceral second half of the piece, this is music that truly doesn't hold back from striving towards transcendence.
FLETCHER GULL – LIGHT UP
Introducing Fletcher Gull, the Wollongong artist who's brightening our lives with his debut single – the aptly titled “Light Up.” Written about Gull's younger sister and her battle with mental illness, it's an ebullient coming-of-age acoustic anthem, with a sing-along chorus that's packed full of positive vibes: “'Cause I'm walking on thunder/I'm standing on mountains with ya/I'm starting a fire close to you, so/Light up, light up.” Best. Brother. Ever.